April is National Poetry Month in the United States. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you are aware that I write haiku poetry. I also highlight poet’s and poetry in a special blog post each April. This year, I wanted to do things a little differently. I am inviting my readers to participate in a poetry challenge.
HERE ARE THE RULES:
- The poem must be an original creation of the person submitting it.
- The poem must use the word “Vicariously” as either the title or as part of the poem.
- The poem cannot be longer than 500 words.
- The poem must be sent to me via my contact page or by my personal email address, before April 1st.
- Please list your name or how you would like to be recognized and the name of your blog, if you have one. I will try to add a link to all WordPress blogs for other authors on this site.
- Poems received will be posted on my blog in a special post celebrating poetry month. I am anticipating publishing this blog post on April 2, 2020.
I am purposefully not giving very much time to write a poem. To often, creatively, when we see something like this if we say to ourselves, “oh that’s cool, I’ll do it later.” We think too long or we forget and we miss the opportunity. But if you want to write a poem, quick write it, submit it to me via my contact page or email and it is done. You have shared your creativity.
Disclaimer. As author of the blog “Cats Out of the Box,” I have the right to determine if a poem is ineligible to be posted on my blog. If that happens, I will contact the author directly.
Last and probably the most important question… why the word “vicariously?” The definition of the word from Miriam Websters Dictionary online states that it is the “experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another.” At a time in history where so many people are having to work from home, practice social distancing and participate in shelter in place, it felt appropriate that the subject of a poetry challenge be experiencing and realizing life through another person, a memory, a fictional place, dream, etc.
I am excited to see what other poets and creatives come up with! I am looking forward to hearing from you.