Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Day 17 - Madness Reigns



English is a funny language. When we were first considering prompts for this month’s challenge, a typo in the original list led me to question the intent of this one. That small slip of the fingers on the keyboard was enough to spark an idea. Is it “Madness Reigns”? Or should it be “Madness Rains”? Or even “Madness Reins”? The homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings) offer us a unique opportunity for poetry.

Does madness rule over me/you/us/them?

Does madness fall from the sky in misty dampness, occasional showers, and torrential flooding downpours?

Do I/you/we/they hold the reins, controlling the madness?



Explore which spelling resonates with your view of madness in a 10 minute free write. Use your brainstorming to create a poem that expresses your thoughts/feelings around “madness”.

BONUS: For an extra challenge, use all 3 variants in a single poem.

WORD PROMPTS:

madness
craziness
insanity
reigns
rains
reins


Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
In the meantime, read other participants' poems, share the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on social media, and add a link to your own poem in the comments below.




Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction/non-fiction writer, and visual artist. She is a volunteer at The Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk, VA and a co-facilitator of the Poets on the Page blog and Facebook group. When she’s not writing or painting, she has been known to appear in local community theater musicals and occasionally shows up for karaoke nights. She is currently painting a series of portraits of her ancestors, both biological and adopted, and she is working on her outline for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. She is the mother of two teenage boys and lives with her husband in Virginia Beach.

37 comments:

  1. madness reigns! :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/day-17-madness-reigns/

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    1. Brilliantly done. Especially the second part is very thoughtful.

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  2. https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/mad-as-hatters/

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  3. Insanity is not the opposite of sanity, but the lack of it

    Tether

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    1. Such profound thoughts. Sort of a reality check :)

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  4. My mental illness is always with me.
    Sadly, I lost my madness.
    Normal is Boring and Sanity is Overrated

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  5. Time is tight when festivals are in sight.Another one in between.

    Day-17 https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-cycle-of-madness.html

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  6. https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/madness/

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  7. https://castingsuspicion.blogspot.com/2018/10/madness.html

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  8. https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/are-they-shadows/

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  9. http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/17/poetry-day-17-trigger/

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  10. So many forms of madness to choose from... This is mine for today: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/praying-mantis/

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  11. Nearly every day I look at the prompt and think OMFG, I am so uninspired. How will I write something about *this*?!

    And yet somehow I manage it, as we all do. Keep going people!!

    https://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-17-madness.html

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  12. In which tongue-in-cheek meets the realities of a different kind of madness: the Performer's Dilemma. (I had some trouble with the prompt. This is what came out instead of the more normal definitely I had in mind.)

    https://shukuen.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-day-17-definitions.html

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  13. Not followed the prompt at all.. but maybe this is about madness in a way after all

    http://namysaysso.com/blog/claustrophobia-in-the-name-of-abundance/

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    1. 'Who needs air when you can have things' - oh that's a beautiful gut punch right there. Well done!

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  14. I was looking forward to this prompt but received news this morning that demanded a different poem - for Anthony https://thewabisabiwriter.blogspot.com/2018/10/fly-so-high.html

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  15. Well, this was a prompt I wished for earlier, but when it came, it had me digging into things that I found I didn't want to dig into. But I did, and so came up with this little snippet from my life.

    Title: "Sepulchered"
    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/sepulchred-day-seventeen-madness-reigns/

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  16. Madness a mind creation.......

    Reign of madness to ruin the reins of serenity
    Reign of madness to gather the reins of creativity

    When it rains madness it pours impulsivity
    While the madness dancing between sanity and insanity..

    Life of an artist is some where in between
    Living between minuscule to magnific ...sr

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    1. Love it! Yes, don't we artists live somewhere in between madness and serenity...

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  17. I wish I could figure out how to log in with my gmail Id

    Oh well here is today’s.
    https://rhscribbles.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/day-17-madness-rains-reigns-reins-octpowrimo-2018/

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  18. Here is my link for Madness Reigns prompt

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/17/crazy/

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  19. Using the prompt from Day 14: https://arhtisticlicense.com/2018/10/17/octpowrimo-inktober-day-17-who-did-you-create-me-to-be/

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  20. https://missdragonlady.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-day-17-madness.html

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  21. https://barbarahuntington.com/2018/10/17/octpowrimo-2018-day-17-madness-reigns/

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  22. I tried this, I tried that. Settled on a mini-blitz to just get something for today!
    https://wordpress.com/post/odhranwrites.wordpress.com/1061

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  23. https://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/lazy-limerick.html

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  24. My concept of madness -

    http://iscriblr.com/my-madness-rules/

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