Helen’s Night Out


Introduction to Poetry: Day 5 – Limerick with Keyword ‘Imperfect’.

Most people have heard of Limericks; they’re typically Irish sing song cheery childish poems. They are five lines long with a rhyming scheme of aabba, with the third and fourth lines being the shortest. I was tasked to include ‘imperfect’ in the poem and I could write one limerick or more to create a narrative. I opted for four and decided against cheery narrative. I had never written a limerick before because I worried that my poetry was already rhyming and childish and wanted to avoid a pantomime. Did enjoy writing this though, it was fun! More information on the Introduction to poetry course here.

 Helen’s Night Out

Helen feels dejected –

imperfect and disconnected.

Her life is so dull

without any thrill;

friends’ visit was not expected.


Helen lets out a sigh;

friends ask her out  but she’s shy.

But then she says yes,

puts on her red dress –

a bottle of courage she’ll buy.


Helen is out of control –

needs more drink to be life and soul.

She’s over the top,

friends want her to stop –

she’s drunk and a total asshole.


Helen can’t be contained –

friends turn away not entertained.

She meets a new guy

gets coat and says bye;

cause of death was never explained.



Wading Through the Mud

  Introduction to Poetry: Day 4 – Simile including the theme of journey   Another day, another Introduction to Poetry task. This one was enjoyable. I just had to describe something to be like another thing usually not related.  For more information see this Introduction to Poetry ink.   Niggles, nagging doubt Numbness needing checked out […]

Sure You Can See?


Introduction to Poetry: Day 3 – Acrostic

An Acrostic poem is one in which the first (or last) letters of each line combine to spell out a word or a phrase, or follow the order of the alphabet.


I’m so lucky to have him

could not be more glad

a beautiful baby

no, he sleeps not too bad

the house is so tidy

cause I clean when he sleeps

oh yes I see people

playgroup has them in heaps

everyone seems so perfect

hat’s off to them all

easier in the daytime

late nights are long haul

perfect, one in a million

most precious to me

everything is just dandy, I’m sure you can see?


This was fun!  I managed to include the daily prompt too. If you’re adventurous (or want to put yourself through torture) you can write a double acrostic with a hidden message at the start and end of each line. I tried both. I think the first one worked out ok, but the double acrostic was poor. I’ve put double here too though so that you can see what it’s meant to achieve. Double acrostics were difficult for me. I’m on holiday again, so I was also under some time pressure to get them completed.

Now the (poor) double acrostic. I might have been a bit ambitious here:

Wilt – our love will never; it’s stronger than the blossom

I want just you forever; no more a Casanova

Let’s explore together; we have the world to wander

Level headed, clever – you give me much to ponder

Your beauty drew me in, and with you I want to stay

Old age and mature skin – hand in hand we will transform

Unite the love within, let new beginnings’ commence?


Introduction to Poetry: Day 2 – Alliteration

Transparent, trusty, truthful –

Trump tempts us with his spin.

Talks of triumph over terror;

pull the trigger and he’ll win.


Forget frightened faces

of those fleeing from their fate.

We’re fearful for our future –

freeze them out now, make us great!


Kind hearts haemorrhage

as hackles raise with hate.

The hostiles have a chance now –

he’s a hero in debate.


Peaceful people panic;

persecutions will commence.

The pleading isn’t working-

should they plan for their defence?


My Task for Day 2 of the Intro to Poetry was alliteration.  The goal of alliteration is to repeat the same sound to give the words more of a powerful effect. I just used the repetition at the beginning of words for this poem, but you can place them in other places too. For more information on the poetry course, follow this link: #introtopoetry. I didn’t quite master getting my sounds to relate to the meaning of my words. I’ll try this out next time.  I was enthusiastic with alliteration here – I went for it!

It’s a political poem and I hope no one is offended.  We luckily live in a democracy and I respect others’ political opinions. I’m actually in Scotland, but didn’t lose friends over Scottish Independence or Brexit differences of opinion.  Trump wouldn’t like the poem.