Day 1 – NaPoWriMo/A to Z Challenge: Poem – Kay Ryan – “The Big Bad Wolf” #amwriting #napowrimo #poetry #quotes #AtoZchallenge #2017

Today’s National Poetry Writing Challenge is to write a poem in the style of a famous American poet named Kay Ryan. She writes poetry with “short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and, if you can manage to stuff it in, a sharp little philosophical conclusion,” and today’s prompt is to write a poem like her. See an example of her poetry in the above link.

Also here is my A to Z Challenge at the very last minute yes, I know. A book quote that matches the poem everyday according to the author’s name alphabetically. 




You are the stories and incidents that you never tell to anyone. You are the thoughts that you get while standing under the shower. You are those memories that won’t lets you sleep at night peacefully. You are those words that you will never say while speaking with someone. You are those scars that you always hide from everyone. You are those little secrets that you will never let the world know. You are everything that you hide under the identity that you call the real you.”― Akshay Vasu


The crux of,

The problems,

The issues,

Tearful tissues;

The wishes,

Dead fishes,

Expecting to —

Much; life is —

A state of flux,

Waiting to,

Push you,

Into the great,

Unknown; where we’re

Gliding no longer.

Hiding behind,

Pictures of,

Parrots so,

Bright we,

Blend in.


Fashions a —


No passion,

Distracted by,

Parrots squawking.

Beyond that,

We’re talking.

They are dead;

Birds who were,


What we’re trying,

To forget.

Such as wolves,

Who are hidden,

Beneath a sheep’s

Grating wool;

Knowing first,

The value of,

Wool and —

The silence,

Of peace,

Seeping into,

Weakened bones;

Where we don’t

Have to be sheep,

Are tranquil as

The big bad,

Wolf puffing.


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.


18 thoughts on “Day 1 – NaPoWriMo/A to Z Challenge: Poem – Kay Ryan – “The Big Bad Wolf” #amwriting #napowrimo #poetry #quotes #AtoZchallenge #2017

  1. joyroses13 April 1, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Great job on your poem and I love what you quoted at.the beginning of your post.

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    • mandibelle16 April 1, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Thank you JR. I hoped it matched the poem to some degree it’s what I was going for. Might be easier to do the poem from the quote tomorrow though 🙂 I’m catching up on Dewy today. Cheers

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  2. Marquessa April 1, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Great job on this Mando! And juggling the challenges at the same time…👍

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  3. oneta hayes April 2, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Well done, Mandibelle. You have to be quite a brilliant person to meet these rare type challenges so well. Congratulations.

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    • mandibelle16 April 3, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Thanks Oneta I’m really happy you liked the piece. I maybe sorry for combining both challenges as the month continues. But we’ll see. Thanks also for the compliments 🙂

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  4. michnavs April 3, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I love the teaser quote speaks exactly of the poem.
    (Well the poem too to the quote)..

    I have a little concern though..i missed your posts lately. don’t appear in my reader anymore…arrgggg wordpress glitches..

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 April 4, 2017 / 12:20 am

      I Michnav’s thats strange maybe you accidentally unfollowed me?If so, you should be able to go on my page and either follow me on WordPress on a blue button, or at the very bottom , I think you can follow me and it will turn up just on the reader. As for WordPress issues, I get that, they’re so frustrating. When I have time, I have to deal with a few of them. My blogs, so you should be able to go from there.

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    • mandibelle16 April 4, 2017 / 12:21 am

      Also glad you liked the quote, it’s my way of doing the A to Z Challenge along with the NaPoWriMo.

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