Monday, October 29, 2018

DMC: "Standoff: The Hand and the Pen" by Matt Forrest Esenwine

Standoff:  The Hand and the Pen

(Hand)                                                                  (Pen)
Ok, I’m going to write a book!                 Ummm…better take another look.

I want a novel! Let’s get started.             I’d rather tell of trails uncharted.

Oh, bother. (sigh) Novella, then.            I make the rules. I am the Pen.

You can’t do this! It’s not fair!                 Let’s speak of love. Desire. Despair.

A STORY. One page. Satisfied??             Not yet. Just let me be your guide.

Fine. A poem. Just help me do it!!         Ha, ha – looks like I beat you to it.

     © 2018 Matt Forrest Esenwine. All rights reserved.

Calef Brown has challenged us to write a poem that tells the story of two anthropomorphized objects. They can be an odd couple, close friends, mortal enemies, or meet each other for the first time. The poem can be about an adventure they have together, a conflict, a game they play, anything. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our October 2018 padlet by October 31st. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up presentation this Friday, November 2nd, and one lucky participant will win a signed copy of Calef Brown's latest collection of ghoulish poetry from Carolrhoda Books:


  1. Haha! This is fabulous and something I think many of us can relate to. : )

  2. Agreed. This is so much fun, Matt! (Not to mention, the story of my life.)

  3. Thank you, both! It was a writing prompt exercise from my Highlights workshop that I tweaked a bit, and hoped you'd like.

  4. WOW - not sure what else to say. I am floored. How cool is this idea and format! Great job, Matt.

  5. Nicely done Matt! I am sure this bickering happens on my desktop every time my back is turned 😂

  6. Super, Matt! I guess we get to reap the benefit of that obstinate pen!

  7. Fabulous Matt, much fun to read aloud. It feels like it would be good for stand-up poetry night!

  8. So clever, Matt! That seems to be a daily discussion for me. Ha!

  9. Ha--love the ending. Very clever indeed.

  10. Oh, this is a clever one. Made me laugh out loud. Well done, Matt. Thanks!