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The Poetry Challenge

April 22, 2019


Poetic Day 22 of National Poetry Month:  April 22, 2019


During the past few years, I am certain that via  the print or broadcast news or social media, you have heard about the various types of challenges.  In today’s poem-of-the-day, I am presenting–to my knowledge–a new type of challenge–WILLOW’S POETRY CHALLENGE.  Oh!  Let’s have fun with this challenge!  Let us use WILLOW’S POETRY CHALLENGE to promote poetry even more during these remaining days of National Poetry Month.


Although I am encouraging you to write your own “Poetry Challenge” poem and then give the poetry challenge (“P.C.”) to at least one relative and/or friend (Refer to the five writing prompts that follow the poem-of-the-day), I will give you permission to share the following acrostic poem to give a Poetry Challenge–if you wish.  As the poem indicates and is traditional with other such challenges, if someone does not want to take the Poetry Challenge, that individual should make a donation of volunteer time or money to your or his/her favorite charity or cause.  Of course, I named the Poetry Challenge in honor of my fourth Leader Dog–one of my poetic muses.


Cheers to the spirit, creativity, and goodwill of poetry!  Enjoy sharing the Poetry Challenge!



Willow’s Poetry Challenge


acrostic poem by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



Challenge announcement!

Hurray!  No ice nor other such things are part of the deal.

All that is involved is poetic commencement.

Lay down that ice bucket for another reveal.

Lift up your pen; be ready at the poetic line.

Enthusiastically, you are challenged to poetically create.

Now is the time to write a few verses–no more than nine.

Go forth and write a wonderful poem–or one that is not so great.

Ending date:  April 30, 2019–do not be late!

Take the Poetry Challenge, or you will not be P.C.

If you are not positively P.C., you must donate to your favorite charity or cause.

Move the money aside, and write and share a poem as you please.

Eventually, the Poetry Challenge will bring grateful applause.


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  1. Write a poem that is a poetry challenge and give a copy of the poem to at least one relative and/or friend.
  2. Write a poem about the greatest challenge which you have overcome or assisted someone else to overcome.
  3. Write a poem about the three aspects of writing which are most challenging for you.
  4. Write a poem in which you personify a tree who expounds on a topic or topics concerning Earth Day.
  5. Write a poem which features historical characters or “BOTUS” (“Bunny of the United States”) at the Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.


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This WORDWALK post and my other posts of National Poetry Month are dedicated

in memory of Deon Patrick Lyons–

poet, novelist, blogger, and friend.


Thanks for promoting poetry throughout these remaining days of National Poetry Month!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


April 22, 2019, Monday



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  1. Hi, Alice,
    My Poetry Challenge is to write another group poem with my preschool classes! The poem will be about dinosaurs, a favorite topic of five-year-olds. We have been having so much fun learning about these fascinating creatures of long ago. Wish us luck!

    • Mary–Well, I do not know if you are giving the Poetry Challenge to your students or if I am giving you the Poetry Challenge. Either way, good luck with writing your dinosaur poem.  I will look forward to reading the second poem of your students for NPM.

      Happy poetry writing!

      Alice and Willow

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