Quarter Crazy Poetry Marathon September 2021 – Hour 12

Cinquain – Procrastinate

Let me


just a little longer

I will try again when I can



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.

Senryu – Must Be Done

I put off until,

I have no choice but to do

all that must be done.


Hour 12

The last prompt of the evening an of course it is very aptly about not paying attention. After such a long day of intense focus my mind weals awash with a fog that may take a while to clear.

Procrastination was a good theme to this final hour though as it led to thinking about how overcoming procrastination can often lead to finishing a project. Not only an ending, but having allowed yourself the thinking time rather than plowing ahead you end up with a more cohesive and often better thought out final product.

I am thrilled to have completed today’s marathon and quadruple proud of having written four times the required amount of poems to consider this marathon a win.

If 12 poems in 12 hours is a quarter crazy, does that make me fully crazy for having written 48? 

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

Villanelle – Procrastination

I picked my phone up again,
it may have been to tell the time
but the results are now the same.

I have only myself to blame,
scrolling through posts that aren’t mine,
I picked my phone up again.

How much time can remain,
long has it been since my thoughts would shine
but the results are now the same.

A wandering mind I cannot tame,
I recoup long enough to stay the climb.
I picked up my phone again.

Like, share, subscribe, I have no shame,
long has it been since I crossed the line,
but the results are now just the same.

Until another victory I can claim
leaves me feeling a sense of sublime;
if I don’t pick my phone up once again
the results will never be the same.




Photo by Jamie Fenn on Unsplash

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

Haiku – Autumn to Winter

Autumn has arrived;

the long nights have faded black,

they summon Summer.


Happy Writing. Stay Safe. Stay Distracted.

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