Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Urban Decay and Doodle Dee Doodle Dee Doodle Dee Dee

Below are two more poems that I wrote based on the prompts from the poem-a-day challenge. The prompts this time were "Urban ____ (fill in the blank)" and "Doodle." 

The first poem I wrote is quite dark and depressing and unlike the type of poem I usually write. The second one is just sort of silly. It's been fun trying these prompts and stepping outside of the type of poems I usually write. It doesn't hurt to try something new once in a while and stretch the writing muscles. I hope you don't mind that I am sharing these experiments with you.

Urban Decay

Spray paint graffiti, obscenities screaming,
masquerading as art, takes the place of dreaming.
Drunk or high, a man is weaving, stumbling 
down concrete sidewalks, cracked and crumbling.
Boarded-up windows keep out the light.
Shady characters, wheeling and dealing, creep about at night.
Beer bottles shatter on the sidewalk when tossed from cars
by after-hours drinkers, kicked out of bars.
Overgrown weeds crowd vacant lots.
Nothing good flourishes here. Everything rots.

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Doodle Dee Doodle Dee Doodle Dee Dee

I’m taking notes during the meeting,
or so it would seem from afar,
but really I’m sketching, drawing, doodling
flowers, curlicues, and a random star.
The speaker drones on and on
about nothing of interest to me.
My pen continues to dance on the paper
creating kittens, birds, bullfrogs, and a bee.
So bored. So bored. Oh mercy me.
Will this ever end? Will they ever set us free?
Doodle dee doodle dee doodle dee dee.


  1. Anonymous4/19/2016

    I am enjoying these poetry prompts. Just yesterday, I saw a very nice office bldg. in town that had been spray painted with graffiti. I have been known to doodle on paper, too! Seminars and workshops during my working years were often very boring! lol

  2. Your prompt responses are excellent. Whether dark or whimsical, you capture the mood perfectly. super!

  3. Connie, I'm loving the poems... the dark ones are different than what you normally write but it's so well written with a great deal of meaning ♡♡♡

  4. Great poems. I can identify with the clever Doodle poem. That was me in my Statistics course at GSU!

  5. I love them both - i wouldn't be able to pick a f avorite - I really could feel the decay - the top poem expressed and definitely relate to the last poem too.

  6. I've done some of best work (doodling and poetry) during long meetings. Your second poem really resonates with me. Thank you, Daisy. Smiles.

  7. Splendid writing!! You've painted word pictures again.

  8. In the first you painted a bleak picture of an urban environment, but even among the trash and decay, you can often find flowers bloom. As for the second, I've been in too many of those meetings

    1. Yes, that is true. Some flowers are quite determined. :)

  9. Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your opinions and kindness. :)


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