A and I Poetry Challenge no 2: April 2018

April Poetry Challenge and Poetry Tips


The A and I Poetry challenge is jointly hosted by Amanda and Ineke and is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October 2018.  We will share tips, offer a monthly prompt and post link backs to your published Poetry posts.

Please scroll down to see April’s poetry writing tips.

Instructions for joining are on the Poetry Challenge Page. You are very welcome to enter.

You can write any kind of poem that you like, as the prompt is merely a suggestion. Write in any language you like; it certainly doesn’t have to be in English. As this is a joint challenge with Amanda and me (Ineke), I will also post the challenge in Afrikaans on my blog, so if that language suits you better, visit me here.

N.B. Please leave a comment here if you wish to be included in the Pingbacks for this month.

Poetry Challenge – April Prompt:

Write a poem that begins with the last thing you can remember someone saying to you yesterday. So if you can use that line two to three times throughout your poem.

Here is my Poem for April,

Same time, same place

My good friend Jan and I

Same time; same place


Tuesdays every week

For about two years now

Same time; same place


Morning tea meeting

And greeting.

Drinking, eating

Coffee and Almond cake for Jan


English breakfast tea plus

Savoury sconce for me.


Exchanging ideas

Great friendship.

Always the day before

Same time; same place

Just making sure

not to miss out.

Ineke 2018
I can’t wait to read what you come up with this month. Don’t forget to link back to this post, and leave a link and comment here so Amanda and Ineke can find your post.

Poetry Tips

  • Write poetry as often as you can.
  • Designate a special notebook (or space in your notebook) for poetry writing.
  • Embrace metaphors but stay away from clichés ( I find this especially difficult!)
  • Don’t be afraid to write a bad poem. You can write a better one later.
  • Don’t back away from your thoughts or feelings. Express them!

Poetry Techniques –  Metaphor and Simile

Whilst there are many different styles for writing poetry, you may find one or more works for you. No matter what style or techniques you use, a poem can reach people in ways that other text can’t. It might be abstract or concrete but often it conveys strong emotions. Some common techniques used in poetry are onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, rhyming, simile and metaphor. Using metaphor and similes will bring imagery and concrete words into your writing.

The difference between simile and metaphor is explained here:

A metaphor is a statement that pretends one thing is really something else:

Example: “The lead singer is an elusive salamander.”

This phrase does not mean that the lead singer is literally a salamander. Rather, it takes an abstract characteristic of a salamander (elusiveness) and projects it onto the person. By using metaphor to describe the lead singer, the poet creates a much more vivid picture of him/her than if the poet had simply said “The lead singer’s voice is hard to pick out.”


A simile is a statement where you say one object is similar to another object. Similes use the words “like” or “as.”

Example: “He was curious as a caterpillar” or “He was curious, like a caterpillar”

This phrase takes one quality of a caterpillar and projects it onto a person. It is an easy way to attach concrete images to feelings and character traits that might usually be described with abstract words.[Credit: Relo Pakistan]

Note: A simile is not any better or worse than a metaphor. The point to remember is that comparison, inference, and suggestion are all important tools of poetry; similes and metaphors are merely one of the tools in your poetry writing toolbox that will help.

Amanda did all the writing. Thanks to her for doing the hard work.

Enjoy “testing out” the challenge.


For more info visit my March post here:


March Challenge poems

Thanks, Hester for doing the challenge in Afrikaans and English



5 April: I forgot to press publish! Sorry all!


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45 thoughts on “A and I Poetry Challenge no 2: April 2018”

    1. Oooo maar dis te lekker. Jy is welkom. Ek het nie Aprilmaand kans gehad om die uitdaging in Afrikaans te vertaal nie. Hopelik gaan dit beter met Mei se uitdaginopdrag. Jy is baie welkom en dankie vir belangstelling. Ek gaan jou gedig se link insit met my terugvoer.


    1. Hi, welcome to my blog and the challenge. I am glad you made a comment, it also helps to lift loneliness to make contact with the unknown. Are you going to try your hand at a poem this month? I have never done any poetry but trying it gives me a different way of expressing my feelings.

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  1. Ek het ook so ‘n same time same place vriendin vir jare gehad…. toe gebeur die lewe, en kleinkinders en kreupel suster moet aandag kry. Mis nogsteeds ons Donderdae saam.
    Jy sit lekker in ZL terwyl ons voortvlugtiges nou deur Abrie se slim kop êrens in die berge is. Gaan lees gerus… en kom kuier vir ons met jou musk. 😊 Lekker slaap


    1. Dis heerlik om so n kuier-vriendin te he. Ons kuier nie by ons huise nie ons maak dit n uitgaan geleentheid. Vriendin is 81 en daar is baie wat met haar aan die gebeur is. Gedagtes werk nie so lekker, bestuur nog maar maak foute(wat volgens my gevaarlik is) hul het trappe i hul huis wat nie goed vir ou bene is nie. Ai, ek sien myself al oor so 10 jaar verder! Ek sal bietjie daar by die klomp voortvlugtiges gaan draai die naweek. Petrol was so duur die Paasnaweek dat ek nie wou waag om oor te vlieg nie! Een van die dae gaan immigrasie uitvind wat ek doen. Hul is juis besig met n heksejag op immigrante wat onwettig is en die stelsel uitbuit. Sal nie graag na SA gedeporteer wil word nie.

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        1. Jy is omtrent aan die gang. Gelukig het jy darem hele maand tyd om te dig. Maak ook nie saak as jy dit later doen nie. Ek het heel agter geraak met lees van jou A-Z.Sal die naweek moet opvang. Self die Toweropstal episode het agter geraak. Kameel het jus gese ek moet gaan kyk wat Abrie met ons aanvang.

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            1. Dis waar. Tina het juis gese ek moet weer bietjie deelneem aan Photo Challenge wat ek altyd geniet en net nie tyd voor gehad het nie. My leesvermoe is baie beperk. Ek lees stadig maar neem elke woord in en vergeet nie sommer nie. Dit hou my baie terug. Kannie speed read nie, nou nog as ek stukke moet lees as ons skryfsessies het, het ander dit al tweekeer gelees en ek is nog maar halfpad. Partykeer wens ek dat ek dit kan doen. glo nie dit sal meer kan gebeur nie.

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  2. What a wonderful friendship you have with Jan. Someone to share joys and sorrows with. A good friend and a lovely weekly tradition encapsulated in your poem this month, Ineke.


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