We’ve reached November and there is much going on in terms or our poetic pursuits. So if you are driven to the Chapbook Challenge at Poetic Asides, or participate in NaPoWriMo. we will be giving you all the time to complete these tasks, by ceasing operations here at Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild. It has been a good run and I appreciate all our loyal contributors. But our members have fallen away and it seems it’s time to finally give it the rest it deserves. Thank you all for your support and contributions to making this a fun endeavor. Hopefully, we’ll find each other somewhere out on the wonderful Web! It has been a privilege hosting your works. Continue to write on, and RIGHT ON!


Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney

Had the thrill of seeing a favorite performer on Thursday as Paul McCartney played Buffalo for the very first time.

We’ll explore the famous people you’ve seen  or actually met in your lifetime. Write a tribute poem in their honor. Aside from Sir Paul, I had the privilege of meeting Olympian Jesse Owens when I was a young man. His story and inspiration had a profound affect on me. Who will you write about?


Halloween approaches and it conjures up associations with the horror films of Hollywood. There was “Attack of the Killer Tomatos”, “Frankenstein”, “The Exorcist”. Think of anything Hitchcock… “Psycho”, “The Birds”, “Vertigo”. Think of a title to use as the title of your poem and write it. Or make up your own Horror film title and be inspired by it… If you dare!


Sorry for the late start. I’m battling an infection and not fully functional. A while back we explored the five senses. We will apply them this time to the season of Autumn.

Using some (or all) of these words, write your piece with a fall or Halloween theme. Theses are the sensory words we will use:

SOUND: rustle, whistle, howl

SIGHT: darkness, children, pumpkins

TASTE: turkey, candy, apples

TOUCH: cold, scratchy (sweaters), crisp

SMELL: burning, spice, baking



We continue our journey through the Fall Season. So you are asked to write a “fall” poem.. You may be asking, “Walt, haven’t we done this prompt?” But, I want you to think of things that fall or have fallen. Prices fall (maybe not lately), leaves fall, arches fall, and both Saigon and the Third Reich have had their falls. Even things that drop or are dropped end up taking a fall. Drop a few words on falling. Don’t let me down!


As the season takes hold, Autumn is a wonderful time to sit on the front porch with a cuppa (name your poison) and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

My go-to libation is a nice cup of tea. Strongly steeped and deep with flavor, the way I like it. Salada came up with a novel idea putting inspirations on their tea bag string tags. Tag lines, they were called. If you’re privy to the blend by all means, pour yourself a cup and use your tag as the basis for your poem. Make it a line, title or just be inspired by it for our poem.

Or use one of these:.

Gourmets first taste their meals with their eyes.

The best things in life aren’t things.

Checking social media at dinner makes you anti-social.

Change your thoughts and you can change the world.



This Wednesday, September 23rd, is the official First Day of Autumn. And our thoughts turn to the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this flamboyant season. I’m thinking apple cider and pumpkin pies, the cheers of a football crowd and visions of the many vibrant hues as the leaves change their colors before they fall and we rake them into piles and in some circumstances are able to burn them adding another aroma of familiar times.

What are your thoughts of Autumn? What do you look forward to (or what do you dread?) What memories does the season bring? And let’s remember the colors of Fall. The range from still green through the graduations of golds, amber, orange, crimson, bright red, umber and brown, with every shade in between. You can also  choose a hue and making that the title of your piece, take the fall and write your poem!