A “New Arrival” Poem for Day 1 of Poetry Month, 2013


Today is the first day of National Poetry Month! Today’s prompt on Robert Brewer’s blog asks for a “New Arrival” poem. Visit the link below to post your own. Mine is below.

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 1 | Write a Poem a Day Until May | WritersDigest.com.



on spare branches

against storm-darkened

sky, tiny

leaves glow,

immortal green,

on globe willows;

not there


dusty next week,

they spring

from nowhere,

expected but


miraculous as morning

or the word



The 2013 Chapter Book Challenge is in March

If you are working on a novel for children as I am, NaNo WriMo might not exactly fit your needs. This one is especially timely for me. I will be coming off a month of writing a picture book draft a day in February. (Okay, well, one a day sometimes and five in a day to catch up. Did I say they were good? Um, no, at least not at this point.)

March will be different. I want to finish a novel I have been working on for years and this challenge is perfect. Finishing it should just take a couple of weeks. I am very close. That will give me some time for edits I have marked. I know I shouldn’t do this, but I have been editing as I go, so when I finish at the end of March , I hope it will be ready to go. I plan to refine my pitch at an SCBWI regional mini-workshop. I am saying this now to commit myself to it.

If you want to finish or draft a book, click below. What do you have to lose? I have met some amazing people through these challenges.

Chapter Book Challenge: Line-up of authors, agents and publishers guest posting for 2013’s ChaBooCha.

Announcement – Poetry Contest

If you like contests, here’s one for you.

Note: there is a small entry fee, and you must submit by mail.

Be sure to read and follow all instructions when submitting anything anywhere.

The blog in which this post appears is interesting, too. It hosts ongoing challenges and is the center of a lively community.

Announcement – Poetry Contest.


Write an If I Were… Poem

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 205 | If I Were Happy Poem | Poems | WritersDigest.com.

It’s Wednesday on Robert Brewer’s blog. Today, fill in the blank in this phrase and make it your title: If I were…

Read the responses and add your own.

Here’s mine:

If I Were an Eagle

If I were an eagle,

I’d angle my wings

and slowly circle

over the frozen lake,

watching for an unwary

rabbit venturing out

across an unmarked

patch of snow. I’d

pass the cottonwood

aerie where I was raised

with my brother

and not wonder where

he had gone. I’d own

only the brittle winter

sky and a bare branch

with a hungry view.

#FWF Free Write Friday; Image Prompt | Kellie Elmore

If you need inspiration and a writing community all year, take a look at Kellie Elmore’s blog. She offers a visual writing prompt every Friday.

#FWF Free Write Friday; Image Prompt | Kellie Elmore.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5 | Text Message Poems | WritersDigest.com

Today’s prompt is a little different. It challenges you to write a text message poem. Unfortunately, I am really cheap. My emergency cell phone does not include a data package, so I don’t text. Mine might be kind of strange. You can probably do better, but it’s one of my writing warm-ups for this month. Check out the other entries on Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog. The link is below, followed by my text message tale (yes, it is a story).

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5 | Text Message Poems | WritersDigest.com.

where R U?

sky harbor

thot U were coming 2nite

chng of plans

where R U going

dont no yet

what do U mean

gotta go


whte lite

end of message

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1 | Matches Poem | WritersDigest.com

Here’s my first poem for this month’s challenge. Poets, add your own on the blog. At the end of the month, you will have a chapbook. See the blog for submission details and to read the work of other participants.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1 | Matches Poem | WritersDigest.com

  • We’re a match,
    the two of us,
    you with your
    temper and me
    too tempered
    you with your
    careful pacing
    and me
    with my wild
    last minute
    We’re a match
    of seeming
    opposites, seamed
    so closely together
    that sometimes
    there is no space
    between us
    like sky
    and sea at
    sunset on the

    copyright Linda Armstrong, November 3, 2012. All rights reserved.


2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1 | Matches Poem | WritersDigest.com

OH! Mr. Brewer is having his Poem a Day November chapbook challenge after all! I thought he had moved it to April. Poets, take heed, do not feel left out of the NaNoWriMo fun. Zip over to the poetry blog at the Writers Digest site and check out the fantastic daily idea. You can catch up on the previous ones, too. It’s not too late. At the end of the month, you will have a chapbook, which you can submit. See you there.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1 | Matches Poem | WritersDigest.com.

A Community and Blog Especially for Poets

If you are a poet, you really should know about Robert Lee Brewer’s blog on the Writer’s Digest site. He offers ideas, challenges, prompts, and more all year long. The link below will take you there.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 197 | WritersDigest.com.