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Babs' Unofficial Challenge

By Babs IversonPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
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Celebrating my third year on Vocal with my 301st story and an unofficial challenge! Yes, a challenge! Doing my happy dance! Are you ready?

Write a poem/lyrics to my prompt, "ASK ME IN DECEMBER."

Are you curious about the prompt? No! Why not? Here goes anyway. Before seeing my primary physician that's scheduled next week, today was my lab work day. Checking into the clinic, I presented my new insurance carrier card.

While checking in, commented that the previous insurance "Didn't work out and changed."

As the receptionist reviewed her computer screen, she asked, "How do you like this one?"

"It's April! We are only four months in. Ask me in December!" I replied.

Making a copy of my new card, she shook her head and acknowledged, "Yes!"

"Ask Me in December" sounds like a good song title," I sighed.

Of course, she agreed!

Your prompt and mission is to write me a poem/lyrics with the subtitle Ask me in December, Babs' unofficial Challenge.

Naturally, the poem has to be new and published in the Poet Community. It's your choice of poetry style format. You have until the end of April to submit your entry, closing the challenge on the 30th of April at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time.

As for word count, there is no minimum. No maximum. Take that back, your creation should be under 300 words maximum!

After publishing your work, simply link your poem/lyrics in comments.

The winner will receive a $15.00 tip. Second place will receive a $10.00 tip, and last but not least the runner up will receive a $5.00 tip.

Drumroll! Announcement of the winners will be on the 5th of May. For those who aren't familiar, it's Cinco de Mayo day in Texas! Because it is a festive and celebration day, it fits into my third year celebration on Vocal.

Looking forward to reading your poems/lyrics, good luck to y'all!


About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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  • Chloe Gilholy13 days ago

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Did I miss the winners?

  • Catsidhe21 days ago

    One more, this time a little happier: https://vocal.media/poets/at-the-end-of-the-year. Thanks!

  • Tiffany Gordon 21 days ago

    Found some last minute inspiration! Thx Babs!https://vocal.media/poets/daddy-s-song-fictional-poetry

  • Catsidhe21 days ago

    First entry: https://vocal.media/poets/a-year-in-review-eith057g. Working on one more. Thanks for the prompt!

  • Penny Fuller21 days ago

    This was fun. The character who came out was a surprise... https://vocal.media/poets/ask-me-in-december-cbs6050k

  • Sean Elliott21 days ago

    Here's my piece: https://vocal.media/poets/ask-me-in-december-wffi00rv Thanks for the prompt, I had a lot of fun with this one!!

  • Karun 22 days ago

    Not Late.... yet worth the delay. https://vocal.media/poets/when-is-your-birthday

  • Here's my poem, with a grateful tribute to Babs at the end! https://vocal.media/poets/ask-your-mama

  • Lamar Wiggins23 days ago

    Finally did one. https://vocal.media/poets/nostalgic-blues Thank you for hosting such a cool challenge. Have a great day, Babs.

  • TheSpinstress23 days ago

    Thanks for setting up this challenge - it's a great prompt and I'm loving everyone else's poems! Here's mine: https://vocal.media/poets/over-you-j6gi0cyp

  • L.C. Schäfer23 days ago

    Ahhh poetry is not my happy place, but I'll mull on this and see if my brain comes up with anything! (Come one brain!)

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  • Mika Oka26 days ago

    Great prompt

  • Congratulations on Top Story & ‘ Celebrating my third year on Vocal with my 301st story and an unofficial challenge! ’ Sounds like a fun challenge… it’s generated a lot of interest!

  • Thavien Yliaster27 days ago

    Yeah, that is a good song title.

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