march thirty one: writers digest chapbook poetry challenge, prompt #5

Student texting during class

Student texting during class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the month of November, the challenge is to write apoem-a-day andsubmit your finished work for a Chapbook Challenge.

Find out the daily Chapbook Challenge prompts by visiting Poetic Asides written by Robert Lee Brewer onWriter’s Digest at:

Prompt #5 from Amanda Lauftland: Write a text message poem. Compose a poem in several short sections inspired by the compression of text messages. The poem might have one speaker or many speakers.

I love this challenge. There are so many things about text messages that can be turned into poetry.

Poem #1:  celebrity text haiku

celebrities die

we send a text to update

do the same for life

Poem #2:  texting while meeting

its become

common practice

to keep phones on tables

during meetings

no longer

deemed as rude

we treat every moment as urgent

so that we can’t even

sit through meetings

or other routines of our day

without checking for messages

so that just in case we miss something

we can’t use the excuse

that “I was in a meeting”


Poem #3:  Bill Collector Text

“this is a friendly reminder that your bill is past due”

“I don’t have a payment for you this month – other unexpected expenses”

“we will need a payment today”

“well, do what you have to do – today is not happening”

c) Kellea Tibbs and march thirty one, 2012. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of original march thirty one material without express and written permission from the author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. 


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