Love In Ten Lines

Dale, from A Delectable Life, has issued me with a challenge to write a poem about love in ten lines and produce a quote on the same subject. My fault entirely, as I’ve been busy issuing her with challenges over the last few weeks. Apparently I’m responsible for her new addiction to haiku and for her spending an entire morning reading 100-word short stories by Friday Fictioneers, as well as penning a piece of fiction of her own.

The poetry challenge has certain strictures that you can read about below, but first my poem, followed by a quote from my speculative fiction novel, which is presently under the submission microscope.

Red Rose 01

The Poem

Shout love from mountaintops
Kayak over love’s waves
Sink into love’s deeps
Drown in impossible love
Passionate love without cure

Love supernovas consuming all
Such love slays commonsense
Insanity becomes love’s bedfellow
Love itself the aphrodisiac
Obstinate love without cure

The Quote
“Life has fractured us both, yet we deserve love.”
— Sarah Potter, Counting Magpies

The Challenge

  • Write about love using only 10 lines.
  • Use the word love in every line.
  • Each line can only be 4 words long.
  • Nominate others who are up for the challenge.
  • Let them know about the challenge.
  • Title the post:  Love in Ten Lines
  • Include a quote about love (this can be your own)
  • You may write in any language

My Nominations*

  1. Sherry at A View From My Summerhouse
  2. Christy at Poetic Parfait
  3. Blondeusk at Blondewritemore
  4. Tokoni at Beautiful Insanity
  5. Leigh at Leigh’s Wordsmithery

[*No obligation to take up the challenge, or time constraints, as that’s not how the poetic Muse works!]

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

18 thoughts on “Love In Ten Lines”

    1. Blushing. Thank you, Dale. I enjoyed the challenge. It also inspired me to write a love poem to my dog, as it’s her 7th birthday today. The poem is about the first time our eyes met, when she was 5 weeks old. Will post it some time.

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      1. Yes, it was a struggle because of the parameters. My editorial brain fought against the repeat use of the word “love”, as well as not being able to have 5 or 7 syllables in the lines (haiku and tanka withdrawal symptoms!).

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  1. Oh what a beautiful poem, photograph AND quote! This is a challenge indeed but one I gratefully accept, thanks so much for nominating me dear Sarah! I love challenges like this because I don’t write poetry often and this really gets the juices flowing. I’ll try to get to it as soon as I can and will let you know when I do 🙂 xxxx

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  2. Wonderful, Sarah! I really enjoyed your poem here. Love is so many things, including the insanity you speak of. Thanks again for nominating me; as I said in my other comment, I have already participated. xx

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