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Poetry: Yesterday, Majestic and Madness; Response to Word Prompts


Ann loves to write poetry and stories. Current poetry on Nature, Travel & beyond, including varied poetic structures.


This was triggered by Brenda Arledge's weekly prompts to aid creativity.

I’m lagging behind with my responses, so I thought I’d play catch-up simply by doing the last three all in one! Hope you don’t mind, Brenda!

So here is my effort at ‘Yesterday’, ‘Majestic’, and ‘Madness’.

You and I

You and I


Tomorrow never comes but yesterday is here forever,

you in my mind and in my heart.

Today is but a flirting glimpse of what exists within,

you by my side and in my heart.

The future? Unknown, guessed at, hopes are high,

while fears hide low, inside my head.

Who knows? We can but plan, to make tomorrow’s yesterdays

here forever, a memory held

in my mind and in my heart.

Willow Trees

Willow Trees


Tree - I worship thee, majestically

soaring to azure, surveying soil, field and sky,

spreading your shelter, your sap producing

green fingers of protection,

your creatures within a city of webs

woven in tendrils, twigs, branches, trunk.

Tree - I worship thee, majestically

offering absorption of ills, exhaling our source

of life, knitting the earth, offering sustenance,

feeding our souls within,

baring your beauty for all to see,

a canopy of colour, texture, dappled light.

Tree - I worship thee, majestically

welcoming the world, from grub to man, to biding bird,

crooking for nests, bark-wood for the pecker,

strong branch for climbing man,

your varied face, rainbow complexion,

majestic in wondrous, uplifted solemnity.

Mad Alien

Mad Alien


Who is mad? You or I?

That there dog or that there fly?

And how is madness quantified?

Just don’t ask me; my brain is fried!

Why are we here? Where are we?

What is there to do or see?

I’ll just go and ask that bee,

he hums a lot, must have the key.

Did I ask you who you are?

Did you say you’d come from far?

Did you come by train or car?

Are you going now? Ta-ta!

Prompting Creativity

It's great to have prompts, even when you often have plenty of ideas of your own. Why? Because it takes your imagination to places you might not otherwise go, maybe out of your comfort zone, maybe trying different styles or subjects.

If you haven't already, have a go at these word prompts. Brenda offers one every week. Even if you don't usually write poetry, you never know until you've tried.

You may be a poet, and you didn't know it!

This was something straight off the cuff, so I might add to it later. I'm aware it lacks the quota of words but then poetry is like that. What's the point in forcing a word-count when it ruins the feel, or the rhythm, or what the subject demands? Spontaneity is so important. Just write down what you feel. You can always go back to spruce it up, tighten it, add some flair. Feelings and inspiration are the key - go where they take you and then sort it all out later!

© 2021 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 20, 2021:

Thank you, Tuli. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I appreciate your support and kind comments.

If you can write, you can write poetry - have a go! Get a little confidence and it will burgeon!


Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on March 19, 2021:

Excellent Ann! Awesome! have no words to explain how much I love to read this....."did I ask you who you are" - what a line !!!!! I can't write poetry, that is my sorrow but I am a great fan of Tagore's poetry, Keat's, Wordsworth's also. Love to you dear Ann for this beautiful piece of poetry, and thank you so much for sharing this...

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 18, 2021:

Hello Linda! Glad you enjoyed these. You made me smile with 'Ann-like'; I wonder what that is! As I mentioned somewhere else in the comments, I had the Beatles' song in my head so it had to be nostalgic.

Well done for getting to 40 years! I had two disasters but this one is 'it'. The photo was taken in France many moons ago.


Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 17, 2021:

Ann, I enjoyed all three of these, each unique and so very "Ann-like." Yesterday was my favorite of the three. Nostalgic, hopeful, sweet, and loving. This summer marks our 40th anniversary and I share your feelings about my partner. Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Denise: Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked my poems. It was fun doing these three and the madness took over all by itself!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, Vidya. Glad you enjoyed these. It was pure laziness and time constraints that made me put them all together. Glad it worked though!


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 17, 2021:

These were wonderful. They took me places. It is majestic to think of a tree and how they can make a home in the city as well as the countryside. Beautiful madness!



VIDYA D SAGAR on March 17, 2021:

A great idea Annart, combing three word prompts at a time. I enjoyed reading them all, but I loved madness more, with it's rhyming words. Majestic is also beautiful.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, Greg, for such kind words. I don't think we should get too paranoid about completing every challenge - some are instantly go-able, others not so much, all subjective. Just go with the flow. Glad you like that picture - he doesn't know I've used it yet!

You have a great week too!


greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 17, 2021:

Ann - so true, these words: "spontaneity is so important." I'll have a go someday at things and find myself bogged in details, losing creativity with every struggle. Better at those times to walk away, come back later. It works for me. I like prompts, too, though I struggle to complete all of them that catch my eye. Your work here is nicely done, don't think you need to make any adjustments at all! I also love the picture accompanying Madness. Haha! Nicely done. ;) Have a great week, my friend.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, Shauna! We've been together for 30 years now; goodness, I feel old! He's not so handsome in that last photo though, is he?! (He did that, not me.)

I love 'makes the tongue giggle as the words roll off' - great phrase. I had great fun with that one but I too like the tree poem best. It felt more satisfying to write, if you know what I mean?

Good to see you today. Hope all's well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you for your lovely words, Mary. I hope you take up the challenge!


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 17, 2021:

Ann, first I have to mention that you and Arthur are a very handsome couple. You look like you belong together. "Yesterday" came from your heart; I see it in your face.

I love what you did with "Majestic". There are so many references to and reverences of life. The majestic tree provide shelter, peace, fun, healing, not to mention beauty. Absolutely wonderful job on that one. I think it's my favorite. Your words made my mind see.

And "Madness", well what can I say? It was fun and Seuss-esque. How can you not love something that makes the tongue giggle as the words roll off?

Great response to Brenda's challenge, Ann. I think combining the three is very effective.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 17, 2021:

I sensed the depth in these words. Yes, there is a poet in each of us and thanks for the encouragement to respond to the prompts.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Sankhajit: What a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much. I appreciate your visit and your support.


Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on March 17, 2021:

your poetry has touched my soul

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

EK Jadoon: Thank you very much. Yes, I feel like that now and then! I appreciate your visit and your kind words.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thanks for your great comment, Ravi, and kind compliment; much appreciated.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Tanmoy: thank you for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed this.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Nithya: thank you for popping by. I'm glad you liked the Tree. It was the most challenging to write but I wanted to get as many of its uses and influences as possible into the lines. Trees keep the planet together.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Chitrangada: I'm pleased you enjoyed these. I was being lazy really, combining them all, as time is tight at the moment and I wanted to catch up with the prompts! Yes, it's good to be inspired by an outside choice.

I wish you a good week too.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Hi bill! Thank you for such a great comment. 'bow in reverence' blew me away, you being the master of HP.

Those willows are the ones next to my house. They are the sort that are used for basket weaving and cricket bats. There are Weeping Willows around here but not on our doorstep. They are all beautiful, but the weeping willow has such grace and is so aptly named. As you know, I love all trees.

Well, I hope you have a zany week, bill!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, Linda. I think Yesterday is my favourite too, as it made me feel a little melancholy. I'm glad you enjoyed them.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Alyssa, thank you very much. Yes, prompts get us going in different directions; it never ceases to amaze me how we each interpret things in such diverse ways. This was great fun. I appreciate your visit.


EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on March 17, 2021:

Wounderful poems, Ann. Especially the last one on madness.

And sometimes we literally want to say: "dont ask me; my brain is fried!". Lol.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

You summed it up, Lora. Thank you for a great comment. I was thinking about the Beatles' Yesterday and it took me down that path. It was fun to do this challenge. I trust you're keeping well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Misbah: thank you for your kind comment. Glad this appealed to you, especially the ta-ta; that just presented itself at the last moment! I appreciate your support.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

I did have great fun writing these, Peggy, and I'm glad I made you smile. Strange how sometimes the words flow; it must have taken me all of 15 minutes to do this hub!

Hope you're keeping well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. I'm glad you enjoyed the poems. I wasn't sure about doing them together but they seemed to flow! Such different subjects yet each one inspired straight away.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thanks for your kind words, manatita. Glad you liked these.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, John. I decided to combine them as, when I'd tried each one in order, they somehow seemed to go together! Yes, the word count doesn't apply to poetry but then the article still seemed a bit short. I'm usually more long-winded!

Glad you liked them.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Hi Brenda! Thanks for the generous comments and for supporting my choice to go with all three. I just looked at the words on my list and thought, 'Why not?'

Thanks for sharing it too.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you Nell! I'm glad you liked the Majestic Tree. Good to see you.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 17, 2021:

Thank you, Liz, for your kind words and encouragement. I had fun doing these.


Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 17, 2021:

Wonderful response Ann. Each of your words flows so effortlessly that it is a pleasure reading the verses.Thanks for sharing.

Hegel from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on March 17, 2021:

I like 'Majestic' and 'Yesterday'. Beautiful poetry. I enjoyed the entire collection. Well done.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 16, 2021:

I enjoyed reading all these poems, each one beautifully crafted. My favorite poem is about the tree.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 16, 2021:

Great response to the word prompts by Brenda, showing your creative best.

I liked all your well crafted poems, conveying deep thoughts. Good of you to combine them all in one post, though differently.

I like composing poems, and most of them are spontaneous. Prompts are good to bring out the creativity in the writers, sometimes even out of their comfort zones.

Thank you for sharing this. Have a good day.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on March 16, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda’s Prompt Challenge

You did so well with all 3 poems

I enjoyed the rhythm of madness

My favorite line was

“Just don’t ask me; my brain is fried!”

I loved your ta-ta


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

"We can but plan, to make tomorrow’s yesterdays

here forever, a memory held

in my mind and in my heart."

That is beautiful, Ann! I bow in reverence to your talents as a writer.

We had a weeping willow when I was growing up. It's my favorite tree in the whole wide world, so thank you for mentioning willows and giving them time in the limelight.

Madness? I'm going to refrain from commenting on madness. :)

Happy rest of your week, my friend!


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 16, 2021:

The poems are lovely, Ann. They are a great response to Brenda's prompts. I enjoyed reading all of them, but my favorite is "Yesterday." I find it moving as well as enjoyable.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 16, 2021:

I love your poems Ann! Aren't prompts fun? I agree, poetry is all about how you feel.

Lora Hollings on March 16, 2021:

Splendid poems, Ann, that you wrote in response to Brenda's challenge. I loved them all, but I think that "Yesterday" was my favorite especially this line: "Today is but a flirting glimpse of what exists within, you by my side and in my heart." It is a very profound poem. All the present and future ultimately becomes the past. We are but a sum total of our memories. Beautifully done.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2021:

Oh, what fun you had with these poems! They make me smile. I think that it was fun combining them the way you did. The one about madness was really a fun one to read. I agree that the bee must have a key! Haha!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 16, 2021:

These poems are so different, yet both are s good. The prompts are great, but we often come up with an idea on our own. I loved your poems, Ann.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2021:

Diversity and rhythm. You're like John in one of them! Madness has a varied rhyming scheme. Beautiful!

Personally, I think majestic is such a beautiful word! One can do so much with it! Lovely response to Brenda's Prompts.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 16, 2021:

I love the diversity of these three poems, Ann. It was a good idea combining the three prompts in one article. Even though poetry is exempt from the recommended word count, this is a way to get the word count up a bit.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 16, 2021:


Thank you.

I don't mind at all. I think it's terrific!

I enjoyed reading them all.

I think you are right about spontaneity. Just write. Have fun. Let your imagination go..and don't worry about the count.

Poetry seems to go with fewer words to niche sites.

I often write short pieces on Twitter & then go back later & write a longer poem to place in other social media platforms and then delete my short one from Twitter.

I will post these to the articles as soon as I get time.

I really liked them all. Especially the madness one...it was cute.

Nell Rose from England on March 16, 2021:

Love your poems, especially the last one, lol! And the tree, wonderful!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 16, 2021:

I appreciate your poetry collection. It works well putting the three prompts into one article. I am impressed by your creativity and word craft.

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