Letters from the Stars Challenge

It’s Wednesday.

Time for another lead balloon* Blogging Challenge.

This week, it’s:

This one is simples. Super simples. So super simples, the explanation is the only hard part.

The star has generated 5 letters (coincidentally, this week they make up the word STARS – how funky is that?) Here… have a look:

Warning. There now follows a convoluted explanation as to what to do.

The challenge is to write a five line poem, with each line starting with a different letter from the star. The poem MUST have an astronomical or astrological theme, or have a connection to stars in one way or another.

As an added challenge, you could write the poem with each line holding only five words, with the first letter of the next word being the next one in specific order. To clarify, as this week’s word is STARS, the first letter of the first line will be S; the first letter of the second line will be T; the first on the third A; the first letter on the fourth line is R; and the first letter on the fifth line is S. In order, line one’s words will begin with S – T – A – R – S. Line two’s words will begin with T – A – R – S – S. Line three’s will be A – R – S – S – T. Line four’s R – S – S – T – A. Line five’s words will then complete the cycle beginning S – S – T – A – R.

Get it?

What do you mean, no?

Look. The following no expense spared graphic will show you the first letters of each word in the poem. The challenge is to just finish the words in a poem that makes sense. Or doesn’t; depending on the poem.


Sigh. The other option is to write a five line poem about stars.

I shall publish my entry later in the week. I’ve done it the challenging way. I mean, I will do, when I write mine. Ahem.

If you’d like to enter, and entry is by no means compulsory, just write your poem on your blog and link it to this post. I’ll sort out all of the links later.

As last week’s prize was won (a quarter of a million pounds – how fabulous was that?**) there will be no prize for this weeks best entry, so it is just for fun.

Another challenge will be along next week.***


*Lead balloons are fun, just as long as you don’t put a basket beneath them.

**(Obviously, there wasn’t a prize awarded last week; there will never be a prize given for any of the challenges on this blog. It is all about fun and not bribery. You just need to look at the graphics to see there is no money involved).

***Oh yes, there will indeed. And the next week. And the next. I know a good thing when I see one!

11 responses to “Letters from the Stars Challenge”

  1. Soul Gifts avatar
    Soul Gifts

    Sonic sounds sound soothingly soft
    The tectonic tones timbre trembles
    Along airways as arrows arching
    Resonate rolling round rippled runlets
    Stirring shifting sorting starry stars

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  2. Soul Gifts avatar
    Soul Gifts

    ’tis the best I could do whilst ignoring most of your suggested parameters of creation. Note: the keyword reads down as the first letter of each line, and the poem ends with it as a fullstop. Just thought I’d mention that in case you missed it.

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks for this, Raili.
      I did actually miss the last ‘stars’ even though I read the whole poem!
      Love your interpretation of the challenge.

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  3. CMStewart avatar

    Count me in, Tom! 🙂 Posting on my bog, then linking… 🙂

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    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, CM… I shall be sure to check it out! 🙂

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        1. Tom avatar

          I may be a couple of years too late, CM, but I’m on my way to check it out now…

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        2. Tom avatar

          Love it… very clever, CM.
          A delicious Sunrise!

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          1. CMStewart avatar

            I’m glad you enjoyed it, Tom; happy spring! 🙂

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            1. Tom avatar

              Happy Spring to you too, CM!
              We sprung forward at the weekend and I still have the bags under my eyes to prove it. 😀

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  4. StarStruck – Beyond the Sphere avatar

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