The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – April 17

Jo Hawk

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 108 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? We are living in an upside-down world. The hustle and bustle of daily commutes, the never-ending parade of constant stress, unreasonable demands, over-hyped experiences, and thrilling activities competing for your time, attention, and energy—evaporated. Self-isolation, social distancing, work from home, eLearning, family time, and dog walking, are the newest must-do exercises. No one would blame you if you are feeling directionless in your suddenly open schedule.

Abrupt changes can induce anxiety, but what if you considered this an opportunity to cultivate deep working habits? Deep work is a concept defined by Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and self-help author. He defines deep…

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Opened – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

Lillian at dVerse is hosting OPen Link Night where there is an opportunity to post a poem of your choosing.



“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”   Joseph Campbell


I traveled to a conversation
wrapped in brown paper
to honour details of
ruins punctured by dull rain
on a fractured landscape of desire,
where feelings opened beyond
the sheets of comfort of small lives
to lyrical and generous overtures
which lead me to dance a
perspective of time that
suggests an eternity.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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Stephen W. Buchanan

I Write Her

Out of Context

Herein lies truth
Herein truth lies
Maybe uncouth
But no surprise
The twisted word
is made absurd
to spout with doubt

We Can’t Go Back

The past is gone
The future hails
with each new dawn
To what avail
Come with me now
and we’ll see how
we fit in it

Life’s Unfairness

We’ll all agree
life is not fair
Why should it be
We’re all just there
It sucks a lot
But sometimes not
when there’s love’s cares


Stephen W. Buchanan is someone who enjoys writing poems. He found he especially enjoyed writing ha’sonnets when the form was invented and has been told he writes them well. He publishes his ha’sonnets at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet” and occasionally elsewhere, often with a cat on his lap.


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I Write Her

Haiku is such a special type of poem, so happy this form has its own day to celebrate!
Below is one of my favorite creations and images to accompany it. Enjoy!


soothing liquid peace
the waves tumble uneven
tranquility now

Originally published on IWriteHer 11/22/2019

Please share your favorites with me or create a new one today! I look forward to reading them in the comments.

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