Submit Your Second Poem For 2019

Submit Your Second Poem For 2019

Are you taking part in our 12  Poems Challenge? If you are, it’s time to submit your second poem.

I will accept and approve posts for RED from 6 March 2019, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), until 7 March 2019, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00) on

Please ask Google to figure out what time that will be in your part of the world.

Please submit your poem on


  1. Log in.
  2. Submit (Top right).
  3. Complete the form.
  4. Select the correct category: Poetry Prompt 2: Red
  5. Do not select any other category.
  6. Submit for approval.
  7. Read and comment on four other poems. Please spread the love. Look for poems that haven’t been read, instead of everyone reading and commenting on the same poems.

Those of us trying it for the first time may find this post helpful. How To Write & Talk About Poetry


  1. This is an exercise in discipline. The comments are a bonus. There is no prize because I want you to focus on writing for yourself and to try and take more risks.
  2. Be kind when you comment. Start with a positive comment, suggest an improvement, and end with something positive. We are here to learn.
  3. Our next prompt is at the end of this post.

A few more points:

  1. I will try to read as many posts as possible, but I do have a day job that I would like to keep.
  2. NO hate speech. None. If you see something nasty that I should be made aware of, please send me a message.
  3. Be careful of profanity.
  4. I need to approve every post. Please be patient with me. I am teaching during the day and I will approve them as quickly as I can. They will all go up. 

Can I still join?

You can join the 12 Short Story or Poetry Challenge in any month. So, if you start in June, that will be month one for you and then May 2019 will be month 12. Sign up on

Here is my poem for Red:

Mating Ritual by Mia Botha

There is a hush, he is at the door
I watch him glide across the floor
a smile dropped here
a wave thrown over there
A man, I’m told, for whom I should care
I watch him as he works the room
I watch the other women swoon
He makes his way towards me now
Apparently, he knows just how
I smile because they say I should
He could choose another, he’s that good
With a lavish gesture he produces a bloom
But it all reminds me, too much, of a cartoon
I walk away, but smile at his mother
Turns out red’s not exactly my colour

And here is Prompt 3 for 2019:


 by Mia Botha

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