Hump Day Poetry – Week 14 – Tedium

Such a powerful poem that I am sure many can relate to.. that last line… WOW!
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Why does lunchtime Wednesday

Alter my thoughts from work to the weekend?

I stay focused until that time.

I then wander into fantasyland

The weekend prospects of party

Of relaxing, of friends, of dinners.

By rights I should stay on task until Friday

Then allow my mind to meander through

Fields of fun, excitement and adventure.

Instead the humdrum, the back and forth

Of tedium rules my life.

Acquiring a piece of paper

After years of study saying qualified

Has me isolated in this cubicle

Shut off from the world

Surrounded by people who care not

If I like red or green.

It’s a dead, dull and boring

But it pays the rent,

Affords me a reasonable lifestyle

But is killing me inside.

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Rain: Haiku

a beautiful, well-constructed haiku about May, rain and the effects it has
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Tales From the Seed


When rain comes in May

I run to smell the garden

It waters me, too

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Hump Day Poetry – Week 14


Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

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And now for my poem of the week….

~for Lisa D.

Today isn’t the day
nor will tomorrow be
when our lives divide
and our friendship cease
for we still have years
the two of us bound
something not captured
nor merely found
many will question
how two such as us
managed to survive
amongst the hush
our secrets secured
and our stories kept
forged by trust
as our enemies slept

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. milan rajkumar
  2. Heartafire @ House of Heart
  3. Crow @ Caw!
  4. r.miller @ *Insert Propaganda Here*
  5. Mocking Bird Down


  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.

Here are a few interesting articles:

  • New Zealand poet, Eggleton wins prize
  •  Akhei Togun of Virginia Beach VA wins 11th annual Poetry Out Loud National Poetry Recitation Contest
  • Michael S. Harper, Poet With a Jazz Pulse, Dies at 78
  • Katie Noonan Breathes New Life Into Judith Wright’s Poetry
  • Review: ‘Night Sky With Exit Wounds,’ Verses From Ocean Vuong
  • Opinion: Crying to Please My Mother

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!