Write a “Bright” or “Dark” Poem for Robert Brewer’s Blog

This is Two-fer Tuesday on Robert Brewer’s blog.  Today’s assignment is to write a poem suggested by the word bright, the word dark, or both.

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 2 | Write a Poem a Day Until May | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s mine:




from pulsing

red heat

beating darkness


junction unaware

of unseen realities

of separation

promising brightness

at the end of

a pressing tunnel

blinking screaming

at bloody murder

of beginning

and all blinding

divisions gradually


from icy light.


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.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15 | Tradeoff Poem | WritersDigest.com

The challenge today on the Poetic Asides blog is to write a trade-off poem.

Click on the link below to read others’ takes on the prompt and then, if you are inspired, add your own.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15 | Tradeoff Poem | WritersDigest.com.

Tradeoff: A Very Old Tale

The city gate

was so narrow

that some called

it “The Eye

of the Needle”

but the rich

trader coming

from afar had

never been there

so he didn’t know.

The packs

on his camels

were wide

and bulged

out on either

side with all

the goods he

had brought to

sell, but those

who would

buy were inside

and he could

not pass

through the eye

of the needle.

Linda Armstrong, November 15, 2012, All rights reserved.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3 | Scary Poems | WritersDigest.com

Today, the challenge on the Poetic Asides Blog was to write a poem that scares you.

Read the responses on the blog and add one of your own. The link is below.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3 | Scary Poems | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s mine:


had not

taken form

and remained

a threat

without outline

in thin light

between night

and dawn.

Some sensed

it, an off scent

in the air

an odd buzz

in the near


and their efforts

to reason

with their pounding

hearts were

driving them

mad. It was

not easy

as once

it had been

and something


was coming



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

Now I have caught up with the group! I will only do one a day until the end of the month or until I run out of steam whichever comes first.