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Poetry Challenge - Week Forty-Six

Challenge 2019 - Week 46 Words

Challenge 2019 - Week 46 Poem

Week 46 words from @haiku_cats: soft, deception, coy, shrewd and compassion.


there's no sleight of hand

or conjurer's trick

with the soft, silk scarves

or a coy assistant

being sawn in half


no, the only deception

being practiced here

is self delusion

watched with shrewd eyes

and a twinge of compassion



Here are the words and my poem for the forty-sixth week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge.

The poem is my second attempt at this week's words. Sometimes I can get it in one go if I've had time to think about the words. Other times it takes agonising days of squeezing words out of stone. The process wasn't too bad this week although I have a nagging thought that I could do better if I gave myself time. No matter - publish before you're ready and all that so here it is.

If you want to join the 2019 Poetry Challenge, head on over to my Instagram account (@indraniperera) where I post the words for the week on Mondays (mostly) in my story. Write a poem and post it. Be sure to tag me and use the hashtags #2019poetrychallenge and #livepoetsclub.

If you don't want to write a poem, you can still be part of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Send me five random words and I'll use them in a poem. Either DM me on Instagram with the words or send me an email (indrani at indraniperera dot com).

Happy writing!