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The Shame Of It

I wrote another poem for this month’s challenge.

In this poem, a man is ashamed because his girlfriend beats him.

THE SHAME OF IT

She gets mad a lot
that’s all. I know she
doesn’t mean it.

She’s such a gentle,
kind, sweet, lovely person.

Things just upset her
and she lashes out at me.

I could defend myself
of course. I could try
and make her stop.

But she’s so little;
short, slim, slight –
I don’t want to hurt her.

I don’t think she
knows her own strength.

I had to call in sick
at work today.
My ribs are so sore
and bruised, I can
hardly move.

I lied of course,
told them I had
a stomach bug.

What else would I say?

I’m a guy over
six feet who got
beat up by his
four foot girlfriend?

Copyright © 2017 by Pamela Scott

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A Lonely Journey

I wrote another poem to catch up with June’s challenge.

I wrote a Heptameter.

In the poem, a crying woman travels alone on a train. She reflects on the fact her cheating lover has a new life with someone else and wonders if he ever thinks of her.

This poem was easy to write. The title came to me right away and the poem followed easily.

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In The Woods On A Summer Day

I have neglected this site terribly this month. I haven’t posted every day and have just been updating Twitter and Facebook with what I’ve been working on. I’ve also not written for two weeks because of moving into a new house.

In June I wrote a poem every day using a different form. I have some catching up to do because of my two-week break.

I wrote an Englyn Penfyr

The poem is about a couple who go for a walk in the woods on a summer’s day and discusses themes of young love.

This was quite a hard poem to write. Each stanza is three lines long. The second and third stanza rhyme. As well as this, the stanzas all have a strict syllable count. I had to change it several times before I was happy.

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Growing Old With Class

I wrote another poem for this month’s challenge.

This time I wrote a Pantoum.

A Pantoum has a specific rhyme scheme and repetition pattern and can be tricky to get right.

I’ve written a few and find this form a bit of a challenge.

A woman enjoys growing old and doing as she pleases.

The poem was inspired by When I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple by Jenny Joseph

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Places Of Light And Dark

I wrote another poem for this month’s challenge.

I wrote a Five W’s poem.

A Five W’s poem is five lines long. Each line answers one of the 5 w’s (who? what? when? where? why?).

A Five W’s poem tends to be lighthearted and more commonly written by children. I like a challenge and decided to write one. It’s quite a dark poem:

  • The ghost of a murdered girl wanders a void