Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose, poetry, and music.

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!]

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18 thoughts on “Love In Ten Lines

  1. LOVE! You are definitely a Master at this. I can only hope to learn to be a fraction as good as you. Beautiful, Sarah!

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  2. Oh, Lordy. Those parameters are difficult, although I enjoy challenges. (Thanks for the tap, Sarah.) I hope tackling it in a few days won’t be too long . . .

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. This poem took my breath- kayak,sink, drown in love!! Bravo!

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  6. Great poem Sarah – a wonderful response to the challenge – love the quote too 🙂

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