The Poetry Marathon 2021 – Hour 6

Senryu – Censorship

What words won’t you use

When they are taken from you,

will you fight for them?


Today I am taking part in my third poetry marathon, an annual event in which poets from around the world come together writing one poem per hour for 24 hours using a variety of written and visual prompts.

Hour 6 and I hate to admit, if even just to myself, but I’m feeling tired. I knew I’d have a headache before long, but at the beginnings of hour 6 had to take two paracetamol (something I very rarely do) and have staved off the worst of a steadily worsening headache from so much screen-time.

The prompt itself was interesting, and the poem it helped produce is of a very different tone than the rest of the poems so far. It is by far the silliest of the poems I have written today and the last line incorporates some Scots (which I love using when I can in poetry).

Cinquain – Walk

Don’t stop

move forward, slow

but steadily forward

as you reach your destination



You can see the prompt for Hour 5 here, on The Poetry Marathon website.

You can also see my own Hour 5 poem here:

Senryu – Journey

One-step at a time

and soon you will move beyond

the place you started.


Happy Writing. Stay Safe. Stay Distracted.

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