Another day, another prompt: Rhyme is so diverse!

Hello and welcome to my blog. No exclamation mark, I know. I’m in a lot of pain today and I didn’t want to fake enthusiasm (even though I am excited to share today’s prompts). It’s weird, though, because I’m good. I mean, at least I think I am. There is nothing grave happening in my life right now. But I feel physically tired.

Mentally, I’m as sharp as a tack, but physically, I can’t seem to stay awake for more than 3 hours at a time, and sitting at my laptop for more than 15 minutes renders me in so much nerve pain in my lower back. Then I lie down and it takes forever to find the right position to stretch my back muscles and stop the lower back pain.

After a while, though, I get burning pain in my legs. I know stopping sugar is the answer, but I can’t seem to do it. I crave sugar like a drug. I had a healthy breakfast today after I had cookies with my coffee. I seem to be eating a lot of cookies lately. I see myself getting fat and I feel helpless to stop it, even though I know I’m the only one who can help myself. I just need to find the willpower to do so.

Anyway, this isn’t what this post is about. Today I wanted to share what I’m learning in the poetry workshop I’m taking on Coursera.

I am learning so many types of rhyme in this course! True rhyme, slant rhyme, consonance (repetition of the same consonant), assonance (repetition of the same vowel), alliteration (like a tongue twister), and lipogram (writing an entire poem using only 1 vowel). And that’s just in the module I studied a few days ago. Today I will start to learn about rhythm, but before I move on to module 5, I had to do the prompts from module 4.

Biting Rhymes: Rhyming can be hard, let someone else do it for you

I chose the poem “Not” by Erin Hanson. She is one of my favorite poets and I aspire to write like her one day. The poem I chose is one I resonate with deeply.
To read Erin Hanson’s poem “not”, click here:

Instead of making the poem about self-acceptance, I made it about social anxiety. The words that are from the original poem are in bold

I wake up in the morning,
And I wonder what to wear.
Pick out my favorite color,
Brush my teeth, brush my hair.

Take a look in the mirror,
Check my eyes, lips, and cheeks.
Everything looks much clearer,
Until I start to speak.

I stumble on my thoughts,
And then I run and hide.
Every time I thought,
I am over this, I cried.

I voice my concerns too loudly,
Until im left alone.
Wondering why I do this badly,
I just want to go home.

Social anxiety’s hard to be in,
You tend to hurt the ones you love.
By trying to control, give up your freedom,
And the social life you dream of.

The world is filled with beauty,
But you seem to have forgot.
When you isolated yourself because
Anxiety said you’re everything you’re not.

Give that key a workout: Write your own lipogram

This one makes absolutely no sense, but I tried to make it make sense as much as I could, using only one syllable. It was tough.

Wham bam
Clam and jam
Lamb, a ram?
Sam was scammed
A sham!
Grand slam
A spam
Sat tram
Had yam

Can you write a lipogram?

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2 responses to “Another day, another prompt: Rhyme is so diverse!”

  1. Really sorry to hear you’re not feeling to good but I hope you feel better soon. I didn’t know what a lipogram was before this so thanks for sharing that!

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    1. Thank you! And you’re welcome. I try to share the interesting things I learn.

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