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



It’s been quite the summer, as we finally get released from its steamy grip up in Western New York for cooler temperatures andumbrellarain quantities of rain. Believe me, we could use it!

There is a beauty in a rainstorm, the sounds are near symphonic, a euphonic tintinnabulation for the ears. The sights are picturesque as it appears that everything looks better when wet. The air seems fresher as everything is awash with rain. So this week we are “write as rain”. From a soft spring shower to a torrential downpour, write a rain poem. I’m not so naive to not recall the power and devastation of too much of a good rain. Whatever your opinion of rain, good or bad, lay down your deluge of words in honor of one of nature’s necessities! And as the title says, let poetry rain (er, reign) supreme!


So far since you’ve returned from April, you’ve used “your” words, and you’ve used “these” words. Now we switch our focus to “their” words. This week we resurrect a very popular feature here. You know it as “Hey, That’s MY line!” You are asked to chose a line or phrase from another poet/poem that you admire and use their words as the inspiration, title or first line for your poem. Be sure to credit the poet/poem from which you choose and honor your poetic compatriots.


Folks who watch the cooking shows are regarded as “Foodies”. So using this logic, we are truly “Wordies”. This week, we continue the trail of words. In other circles it is called a “word cloud” or even a “wordle”. But the Phoenix rises from the ashes, so the “Word Smoke” below contains the words you will use. Use some or all in your poem. Choose one as a title or as the basis of your poem, but “Use These Words”

Challenge yourself with these words!

Challenge yourself with these words!


Also taking time to wish all Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day today.

All Mothers still with us or watching over us are celebrated!


Here we are in May and our focus returns to the task at hand. We’ve written a glut of worded wonder and have a strong base upon which to build. Now, we will resume the learning process and there is an exciting experiment I have planned in the coming months. Congratulations to all poets who finished their chosen challenge(s), who even attempted to maintain an interest in the poetic process. No matter your skill level or age, you have shown your devotion to poetry and we applaud and thank you!

Thank you also to the poets who featured their April poems here at PHOENIX RISING POETRY GUILD. It was good to see the activity continue here!

Since we’ve worked through a month of brain wracking poetics, I’ll start us off with an exploration of words.

Choose a poem you’ve written in the past, or  more recently for the April challenge and replace words with their synonym equivalents and see how (or if) it changes the timber, meter, sound or meaning of the poem. Maybe use opposite (antonym) words and write the contrary poem. Include the original poem for comparison is you wish. Either way, let’s take the momentum of April and continue to celebrate poetry and our poetic lives.

Welcome Back, and RISE UP!