Poetry 101 Rehab: Second

Poetry 101 Rehab: Second

Do you miss the Writing 201: Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!

How it works

Each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC I will publish a poetry prompt along with my response to it. You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author.

I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!

How You can Join

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it to the InLinkz link-up below my post, or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.

I will act as your hostess, and I’ll be here for you to reply your comments, read your verses, like and comment. While my blog is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!


The Prompt: Second

A split second

You come second


A track record

Of failure


You lose

Your life


This week’s prompt is SECOND, as this is indeed the second installment of the Poetry 101 Rehab challenge. In my miniature poem, I played on the different meanings of the word, using “second” both as a unit of time and as an ordinal numeral. My tone is characteristically dark, Dickinsonian or Plathian, if you like.

Your response could serve as a lighthearted counterbalance and be, say, more Whitmanesque or Ginsbergian. Or you could just take it easy and write about whatever and however you like! What will your take on the keyword SECOND will be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!

58 thoughts on “Poetry 101 Rehab: Second

    1. Awe, thank you! I never compete in races either, not because I’d come second but because I’d always come the last… Now I’m curious to check out your take on this week’s ambiguous prompt, heading over to your place 🙂 And thank you v much for being a good Rehab patient and coming the first!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow, I would be honoured if you chose to come with a replica, perhaps a bawdy limerick on coming second 😉 Or a devotional ode on the Second Coming… Whatever you choose…


        1. You made me LLBS and then, reminding myself that I now can, LOL. But then I was reminded that I still can’t because when I laugh too hard, I wake up the cat and she gives me a disapproving look. I now so much want to see your childlike poetry attempt… 😛

          Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much for taking part again, you’re the best! I love your poems, they’re in a style that appeals to me – though you are quite versatile and write in multiple styles, as I’m starting to see.


      1. Thank you for kind words of encouragement 🙂 I’m hoping to keep up with the habit of poetry-writing as my new hobby/challenge since writing201 finished and enjoy these prompt challenges as a way of stimulating creative responses and enjoy finding others work to read. Great intitiative 🙂


        1. Oh, it’s perfect that you’re enjoying poetry challenges as much as me – and other bloggers too! Poetry wasn’t my chief interest before the Writing 201 course, but the course was so stimulating and inspiring that it even inspired me to set up a poetry challenge of my own and take poetry more seriously 😉 Wishing you a lot of inspiration and see you around!

          Liked by 1 person

    1. Extremely modest you say?! I find it extremely impressive, no joking. You have a natural way with words and I’m glad to have you in my (actually) modest blogging challenge 😉


      1. Extremely modest indeed, which will always be in the nature of anything I write unfortunately, as you will be able to see if you read my first poem 😛 Thank you so much for creating such a stimulating challenge, I shall be looking forward to more soon 🙂


    1. While I don’t know if the birth pangs were hard or easy, what I do know is that the result is worth it. Thank you for taking part again, it’s a genuine pleasure to read your responses 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for taking part! I commented on your poem over at your blog, and it suffices to say here that I love your style. I browsed more of your poems, so it is safe to say so. Wishing you much inspiration!


      1. Thank you, and yes agree with your views on second thoughts, but, on the other hand, it served well as a poetic device perhaps…and well done you for setting up this great new rehab clinic!


  1. Pingback: Second | Its PH
    1. That’s such a perfect response to the prompt! I love it that you went for a light style and provided a great counterbalance to my rather dark poem. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely poetry piece! I’m happy to have you in the Rehab 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s great that the inspiration finally came and that you joined in the fun! It’s my pleasure having you – and actually, I favour small-scale condensed poems, so your piece is just to my taste. Thanks a lot for sharing it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m not getting through the entire list of prompts I’d missed, but I did write a longer poem, this evening, called “Second Sight” – http://t.co/z8RkMQUes0 My mother doesn’t venture out to my blogs, but only to LiveJournal. And never Twitter.

    Family stories sometimes get lost in the muddle of immediate events. One is especially sorry to see them die for want of retelling.

    I hope that you are enjoying the weekend, Mara!


    1. Feel to free to write as often or as little as you need… It’s amazing when one’s mothers try to keep up and go online, my own mother, now in her mid-sixties, is trying hard to get the hang of the internet, so I have an idea. And stories do need to be shared! Your story is moving and wonderful…


Say what?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.