April 3, 2016 – Prompt – Hold on Poem

Hold On Poem – Fun for National Poetry Month

This week’s prompt was a tribute to National Poetry Month. We had a form with the first word or words and lines to fill. Here are the results from all who took part.


Hold on to life

Hold on to your creative Spirit

Even if life is a drill down

Hold on the love of your life

Even if her life is gone

Hold on to your memories

Even if you’ve let them fade out

Hold on to your motorcycle

Even if the wind slams you aside

Hold on to your pen

Even when your hand is shaking

Kevin Draper


Hold on to your spirit

Hold on to the quiet

Even if everyone clamors with noise

Hold on to your own opinion

Even if other want homogenization

Hold on to the colors in your mind

Even if eyes fail you

Hold on to your youth

Even if others tell you to act your age

Hold on to your dreams

Even when waves wash away your sandcastle.

Karen Hydock


Hold on !

Hold on to hope

Even if there is only hopelessness

Hold on to Love

Even if there seems none returned

Hold on to trust

Even if you have been betrayed

Hold on to faith

Even if you’re being tested

Hold on to life

Even when death is near

Ellynore Seybold Smith


Hold on to Love

Hold on to me

Even if I fall

Hold on to us

Even when we are apart

Hold on to love

Even when frustration arises

Hold on to the future

Even if dark clouds hide the way

Hold on to hope

Even when doubt creeps in

Linda Scott


Hold on tight  – Lover It’s going to be a bumpy ride

Hold on to your man

Even if she walks down the street and takes a peek at your man

Hold on to you man

Even if she has style, class and a bit of sass

Hold on to your man

Even if she’s a Roman candle to hot to handle

Hold on to your man

Even if she’ll always be there so beware!

Hold on to your man

Even when she’s go looks, brains and it far from being tame. She AIN”T getting my man.

Pam Drapala


Hold on, My Friend

Hold on to all your friends

Even if it hurts

Hold on to me

Even if we’re apart

Hold on to Love

Even if it’s gone

Hold on to me

Even when I’m gone

John Gable


Hold on to my hand

Hold on to my hand

Even if it’s cold and moist

Hold on to it tightly

Even if it shakes

Hold on to it tight

Even if I cry

Hold on to it well

Even if I should fall

Hold on to it please

Even when I say we are there

Jeanne Neale


Hold on to your oversized hat

Hold on to your bathroom mat

Even if they are not matched

Hold on to your house thatch

Even if the wind dies

Hold on to your neckties

Even if they flap above

Hold on to your love

Even if you are sick of this poem

Hold on to your comb

Even when there’s no wind blowing

Nancy Nation


Hold on to the good thoughts

Hold on to them even when age makes it difficult

Even if you wake up one day and don’t know where your are

Hold on to them and cherish them

Even if you fell like there is no time in your busy day

Hold on to them in the darkest night

Even if they cause insomnia

Hold on them–tight

Even if you arthritic hands can grasp nothing

Hold on to them– don’t let them fade

Even when the light grows dim

Christine Howard





Poetic Form Challenge

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration of it we are trying out some forms. The two are the nonet and the cinquan both are less than ten lines and are syllabic poetry. The nonet

he nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line.

There are two different reasons for the evolution of this form one is that the nonet is used for a group of 9 performers or instruments. So may have been  inspired by music. It also is used in relation to the nine muses of mythology. It’s a guess but I would think the first person to write a nonet based it on them. However, it arose and maybe both were involved in its inception.

The Cinquan is a five line poem it starts with a two syllable line, the next is four, then six, then eight and then returns to eight.  This is the Adelaide Crapsey  version made  popular in this country known as the American Cinqquan.

Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) was an American poet best known for establishing the five-line form known as the cinquain.

She had a deep appreciation for metrics and was an admirer of Japanese tanka and haiku. Her cinquain was developed partly as an American analogue of these forms.

The cinquain, also known as a quintain or quintet, is a poem or stanza composed of five lines. Examples of cinquains can be found in many European languages, and the origin of the form dates back to medieval French poetry. So as a five line poem it has an earlier inception than our American version and is different in its form. For our Poetic Challenge we are using the American Cinquan.

Since these are response to a prompt the elements for them are too use one of these phrases: where will it be found, dreaming again, it is elegant,

Or use all of these words in it: revenge, dancing, candle, haunted,