Writing 201 : Poetry — Symphony

Finally I’ve made it!! I’ve reached the end of Writing 201 and to conclude it, the editors have came up with the famous poetry form “Sonnet”. I remembered studying Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 during high school but sadly they didn’t teach poetry as in depth as they do here.

The last day’s theme is Pleasure, in the form of Sonnet using poetic device Apostrophe.


Fill the halls, dim the lights!
Dear musician, can you hear me?
The moment has arrived, set your mind free
As I tune the note, correct to right
On the music sheet is where you set your sight
The score starts in B minor key
The conductor now comes on stage, can you see?
Calm your nerves, let your music take flight!
There goes the notes, page by page
Magic baton in his hands, rise and fall
Everyone is a star on stage
Dear audience, are you enthralled?
Begins like the river it raged
And it ends like a calm after squall

A little note on practice : This is the rhyming form I used : a b b a a b b a c d c d c d

I was inspired by watching the piano concerto video of the recently crowned winner of the 17th International Chopin Competition — Seong Jin Cho.

Writing 201 : Poetry — Snowfall

Here’s my take on Day 9’s theme Cold, in the form of Concrete Poetry (poetry playing with shapes of words) using poetic device Anaphora/Epistrophe.


Falling on
Concrete pavement
Billowing smoke rises from
Chimney of every homely houses
Ringing of bells, she heard it
Ringing of bells, he heard it
Holding onto each other
Embracing each other
Is all they need to
Feel warm
Falling on
Concrete pavement

Writing 201 : Poetry — Time Will Tell

Thanks to the encouragement of my readers, I shall finish Writing 201 by this week. Here’s my take on Day 8’s theme Flavor, in the form of Elegy using poetic device Enumeratio.

Time Will Tell

At the slips of my finger I let you go
Not that I won’t catch you but I couldn’t
Into unknown future I don’t know
Leaving sadness behind only left torment

Days and months gone by
May, June, July and August
Not able to show even a single goodbye
Not a day went by without pain strongest

Every night I can taste the flavour of my tears
Sobbing gently afraid I would break again my broken heart
Did it mean nothing to you all those years?
What we built was beyond repair and fallen apart

They said time will heal
I wish for memories that have never been
Only time will tell
Seconds, minutes, hours, days until I get over you

Writing 201 : Poetry — Perfect Day

Uh oh~ Writing 201 has officially ended last Friday but I’m still at Day 7’s task with the theme Neighbourhood, in the form of Ballad using poetic device Assonance.

Perfect day

On a perfect morning perfect day
Not a single worry come my way
Open my eyes embrace today
Happy is the word I will say

My colour pencils sprawl over the table
I forgot to water the flowers, still it’s blooming
Birds sing tunes from nature’s fable
I remember it’s a day worth celebrating

My painting against the window
Half complete half incomplete
Overlooking the streets below
Inspiration I draw from hustle feet

Today’s a day to live up and be counted
Bliss in mind, lightness in heart I step out
In this city I stroll ever so passionate
Explore little things in life that I missed out


A little note on practice : Can’t think of any powerful message to convey in a ballad, so I write about simple things in life 🙂

Writing 201 : Poetry — Love Vacation

This is Day 6’s task with the theme Faces, in the form of Found Poetry using poetic device Chiasmus.

Love vacation

Turn, turn, merry-go-round
This melody’s started
There’s no stopping now

We’re destined for
That golden day
A love vacation

Rainy afternoon, go out to town
Wonderin’ which way I should go
With you,
Who gave me an umbrella
For the rain in my heart

There’s no gap between me and you
Breathtakingly sweet kisses
Dark of night, night of dark
We’ll find peace

Keepin’ the faith will be
Right on track
Don’t go lookin’ back
In the past

We’re destined for
A brighter way
A love vacation

A little note on practice : I enjoyed creating this found poetry, there are so many beautiful lyrics I wanted to share. To create this I’ve extracted lyrics from two of my favourite Japanese drama songs and modified them a little — La La La Love Song by Kubota Toshinobu and Long Vacation by Anne McMurphy.

Writing 201 : Poetry — Ode to Final Fantasy

Here comes Day 5’s task with the theme Map, in the form of Ode using poetic device Metaphor.

 Ode to Final Fantasy

The year when uncertainty hung in the air
Was the year a new world opened up
A wonderful black box saved my life in despair
Came to untie my confusing life in knots
Immersing myself in the land too beautiful to exist
Laugh and cry together with the characters
Walk through the story to proceed a little further
Unraveling my destiny shrouded in mist
Mapping my life out courses chartered
That is a year I would always miss, forever.

A little note on practice : I guess it’s good enough to come up with one stanza, a completely new genre to me. If I have time, I shall revisit to finish with the complete form 🙂

Writing 201 : Poetry — That Look

Had a busy schedule last week and I’m falling behind on Writing 201 😳

Trying to catch up so this is Day 4’s task with the theme Imperfect, in the form of Limerick using poetic device Enjambment.

That look

I better be scared cos I think
My cat is plotting something
Her eyes follow my every single move
Wait… Is that a glint of evil look?
I am not perfectly sure.

A little note on practice : I’m thoroughly bad at writing funny or humourous poems 😦 And I struggle to make that final line a punch~ Any comment is most appreciated, thank you~

Writing 201 : Poetry — For You

Today’s theme is Skin, in the form of Prose Poetry using poetic device Internal Rhyme.

for You

You’re the most beautiful soul in this world. In your eyes I see a longing sigh. Reckless choices made, aren’t yours to take. When the storm passed, I’m standing last. You woke up from yesterday’s dream, life is not as it seems. Beneath your weary skin, everything that has been. I will love you inside out, not a single doubt. New day has arrived, when you finally realize. I will always be by your side, till the day I die.


A little note on practice : Is it just me or is the assignment getting tougher… It took me two days to write this. No inspiration at all 😦