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Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign: Challenge Fun!

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Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign: Challenge Fun!

The second Campaign Challenge is:

CampaignerWrite a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:

  • include the word "imago" in the title
  • include the following 4 random words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity,"

Who could resist the challenge to use so many fantabulous words in a single post? Here’s my entry, and I trust it will not elicitate any unwanted oscitation!

Imago of a Writer

She wades through a miasma
Of simile and metaphor
To find the perfect ornament,
To craft an image iridescent
In its symbolic synchronicity
Of language, sound, and meaning.
Poetically brilliant,
Stylistically lambent,
Linguistically without the least lacuna
To flaw its perfect form
Lest you, the reader,
Greet her woven words
With oscitation.

Click here to check out other creative solutions to this week’s challenge!

PS: I’m #27 if you want to vote for me :)

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48 Comments:

At September 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM , Blogger K.T. Hanna said...

I love this. The words aren't forced at all. Very well written. I so envy people who can write poetry since I love to read it.
Beautiful flow to this.

 
At September 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Hi K.T.--and thank you so much! It was fun to write with all those great words to play with :)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM , Blogger elizabethanne said...

Definitely no oscitation on my part! That was beautifully crafted, and used the words so well.

I'm so glad you chose to use poetry as your vehicle for this challenge.

 
At September 22, 2011 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Wow, this is fabulous! Lyrical and flowing and full of fun words :) Great job!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Nadja Notariani said...

Cheryl - This is almost melodic in it's flow...I read it out loud to test my theory. Simply beautiful! This will be hard to top! ~ Nadja

 
At September 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Hi gals, thanks so much for your kind words! I'm loving how every person who undertood this challenge approached it from a different direction.

 
At September 22, 2011 at 3:22 PM , Blogger A.E. Martin said...

This has great flow, I really like how it's structured.

 
At September 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Blogger David Powers King said...

What an excellent collection of words. So short and effective at the same time! Can I say it? Brilliant!

Great job, Cheryl! :)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM , OpenID storytreasury said...

Pretty and the flow is fantastic. Wish I could write poetry like this.

 
At September 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Sarah Pearson said...

I can't write poetry to save my life, but I love to read it. Thank you :-)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM , OpenID bridgetstraub.com said...

Very impressive. I could nevr had done this as a poem! Mine is #29

 
At September 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Fantastic job, Cheryl! I can't do poetry at all, but this flowed beautifully.
Mine is #3.

 
At September 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Ruth Hartman Berge said...

I thought that was awesome. One of the best uses of the words I've seen yet :) (I'm 45)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Sheri L. Swift said...

Very sweet! ; )

 
At September 22, 2011 at 7:12 PM , Blogger J. A. Bennett said...

I love how you used the words. So imaginative :)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM , Blogger J said...

I'm not a poet by any means, but I appreciate a well-crafted poem. Yours was wonderful, and I loved how you incorporated all the challenge words so fluidly! :)

 
At September 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Michael Haynes said...

I like it! It had occurred to me that this challenge might work well with a poem, and I see that it can indeed (especially with approached with the skill you applied to this).

Very good work. I'm off to go "Like" this right now. If you're interested in checking out my (non-poetic) entry, I'm #42.

 
At September 23, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Tara Tyler said...

brilliant verse! really amazing how you made those clunky words resonate smoothly

 
At September 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Cheryl said...

Beautifully lyrical. I love to read poetry but when I try to write it I end up with mostly Hallmark verses so it's always great to see someone write it well.

 
At September 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM , Blogger Sher A. Hart said...

Okay, I'm impressed, and I do write poetry. Sometimes unmetered works where where traditional verse wouldn't, and works very well indeed. I didn't attempt poetry again because my last entry didn't win any prizes, but then I was going for humor instead of beauty. This is really a standout piece.

 
At September 23, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

I'm overwhelmed by all the kind words! The funny thing is, I never write poetry...I love the form, but now that I know more about it, it's hard for me to get past that perfectionism barrier. This one worked, I think, because I rediscovered that fun place to write from instead of worrying about perfection. Yay, Rachael, for creative inspiration!

I'm working my way through all the other entries. There are so many good ones!

 
At September 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Kurt Hartwig said...

That was a really great way of dealing with the register of those words. Fantastic job.

 
At September 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM , Blogger LadyJai said...

Amazing! I love poetry and it's simplistic way it eludes such deep imagery! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

 
At September 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM , Blogger F.E. Sewell said...

I absolutely love poetry and I absolutely love your piece. I'm envious of people who can write poetry that flows so beautifully.

 
At September 23, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Lady Gwen said...

A wonder piece of poetry! Only the 2nd I've seen. Awesome job! I'm #34 and a new follower:)

 
At September 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Sandwiched Writer said...

Nice! I found it difficult to employ the words in a serious way, but you pulled it off without sounding forced! Kudos!

 
At September 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM , Blogger Heather said...

This is the first poem I've come across...and I really like it! You did a fantastic job! I hope you get a chance to check out mine: #18

 
At September 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Christine Rains said...

This is the first poem for this challenge I've read. Brilliantly done!

 
At September 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Abby said...

Hello from a new follower! This is awesome! You've got my vote!

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:16 AM , Blogger Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Cheryl, I really liked that! It read like warm honey (and I love honey).

The Write Soil

Mine is #50.

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:21 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Hi Cheryl! Yes, we met last weekend~ I was excited to be there and insisted on giving you a hug, since you were the one I had emailed for the critique/scholarship info. I had such a wonderful time, and have never gotten so much great information and tasty Starbucks coffee in one weekend :)

 
At September 24, 2011 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Medeia Sharif said...

This is a fantastic poem that flows wonderfully.

Have a great weekend.

 
At September 24, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Cortney said...

Loved this, your poem just flowed and the words fit in really well. Nice!

 
At September 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM , OpenID christyfarmer said...

This is really well done Cheryl and flowed along melodically to the classical music I listened to as I read it;)

 
At September 24, 2011 at 5:40 PM , Blogger Zan Marie said...

Oh, great poem! That's the form I chose, too. You get a like from me.

I'm #33. ; )

 
At September 25, 2011 at 3:57 AM , OpenID thepatientdreamer said...

There is no way I could attempt poetry. Yours is the first I have seen and so beautifully put together using these difficult words. Amazing!

 
At September 25, 2011 at 4:41 AM , Blogger Joanna said...

Beautifully crafted and succinct. I am so glad you didn't force 200 words. This was perfect.

 
At September 26, 2011 at 7:15 PM , Blogger Julie Farrar said...

I had no clue how I would approach this challenge, but when I saw your poem this weekend, I decided that I -- a nonfiction writer, would attempt a poem, too. It made the composing so much easier. Mine is #110. Thanks for giving me a jumpstart on trying something new.

 
At September 26, 2011 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Myne Whitman said...

Very succinct, and you used the words rightly too.

 
At September 27, 2011 at 4:32 PM , OpenID raelynbarclay said...

Love it! There are so few poems and this one is brilliant.

 
At September 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I'm having a blast working my way through everyone's responses to the challenge. This is definitely a talented group :)

 
At September 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Coleen Patrick said...

Just realized I forgot to comment here(but I tweeted it!). This is a great poem Cheryl!

 
At September 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Doreen McGettigan said...

Such beautiful flow and you just seamlessly wove in those oh so difficult words. Well done!

http://www.doreenmcgettigan.com

 
At September 30, 2011 at 6:01 PM , Blogger Claire said...

Hi Cheryl, I've finally made it here to introduce myself (I'm part of Kerri's blog hop). I am a complete novice when it comes to poetry but I was in awe with how you used not only all Rachael's horribly difficult words, but added in a few of your own! "stylistically lambert" Wow.

 
At October 1, 2011 at 5:22 AM , Blogger Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Nice poem! It flows well and uses the words effortlessly. Good job!
My entry is 128 if you want to have a peek.

 
At October 2, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Patricia T. said...

Cheryl,
I am very impressed with your poem. Very well written. You used the words with such ease. Very melodic and an overall beautiful entry.

Patricia

 
At October 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments! I'm overwhelmed by all the kind words :)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Karen deBlieck said...

Wonderful use of the words and a piece that flowed so well. Thank you for that!

#189

 

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