Quarter Crazy Poetry Marathon September 2021 – Hour 9

Senryu – Far Enough

I’ve made it this far

and that is far enough;

I choose to go on.


Today is the third Quarter Crazy Marathon of 2021.

The Quarter Crazy is a twelve hour writing event where writers from all around the world write one poem per hour using a prompt uploaded hourly to the Quarter Crazy Facebook group as inspiration for their poems. The event is more than just a writing experience, yes at the end of the day participating poets will have twelve brand new poems to take pride in; but for many of us, taking part is an opportunity to network with a number of like-minded individuals. By reading, writing and commenting on the other poets work during and after the marathon we as poets grow and learn from one another as much as we do from our own writing. Writing is not a right for only the elite few deemed successful by society and sales figures; writing is a intrinsically, profound experience that all of us should embrace and events like the Quarter Crazy remind us that we are all together in this world and that the only barriers that we face in life are those that we hold within ourselves. Join the Quarter Crazy group and the Quarter Crazy Marathon public page on Facebook to stay up to date with the events that run quarterly throughout the year. Join us for the last Marathon of the year later in the year, read and comment on today’s poems if you join the group to show the brave participants who have shared their work that you have enjoyed their writing and help them celebrate the achievement of taking part in this amazing creative event.

Triolet – Getting There

I am not ready to love

myself, but I am getting there.

It try, but never enough;

I am not ready to love.

Being lonely can be tough;

but I know that people care.

I am not ready to love

myself, but I am getting there.


Hour 9

Ah, another set of poems about love…and yet, not quite as despairing as earlier in the marathon. That knowing sense of endurance being needed in writing seems also to be true of life in general.

The prompt for this hour called for using a book near us and the closest to me was my copy of Jane Eyre.

I was supposed to use nine words from Page or Chapter 18. For some reason, I blame being tired and dyslexic I chose the first nine words from Chapter XXVIII (28) “Two days have passed. It is a summer evening.” Using the Golden Shovel form I found new meaning in these fascinating nine words.

I may not be ready for love, but I am getting there.

Photo by Patrick Schiele on Unsplash

Golden Shovel – Jane Eyre (Chapter XXVIII)

I have given love before, but only to two,
I would have wished for years, but I got days.
Still better to have loved, the way things are,
all good things come, but soon they are passed.

Love is an addiction, there is no way to quit it,
things are the way they are, this is the way it is.
Strongly I resist; but follow the path toward a
better and brighter future that follows Summer.

On the warmest days I wait, until I can venture out in the evening;
two days are passed. It is a summer evening.




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To see the prompts and the poems written during this hour join the Quarter Crazy group page on Facebook.

Cinquain – This Love

I wish

for love as deep

as that which I give out;

this love can only be returned



Happy Writing. Stay Safe. Stay Distracted.

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