POPO 2020 part 3

rooted red
the colors spill out
above ground
dancing towards the sun singing
a chorus of blooms

Last year I participated in POPO the August POetry POstcard Fest–where the challenge is to send a different postcard with a poem you’ve composed for each day in August, 31 in all. I meant to post 2 cards every few weeks and finish up just before POPO 2021. But in my usual fashion, I’m only now posting the third pair.

I decided to do shadormas, as they would fit easily on the back of a postcard, and to connect them through repeating part of the last line of each poem to the first line of the poem for the next day. The last line of the poem from day 4 was “visible, rooted”

a chorus
of absurdity
reaches for
the empty
mind to fill it with visions
of nothing at all

I did not have a theme for the actual postcards I made in 2020, but this year I’m going to continue with the moon photos I did for the Kick-About. You don’t need to make or alter your own postcards, though–at least one I received last year was just a post office postcard with a poem on it. Or you can just buy 3l postcards and write a poem on the front or back or both.

A number of people last year expressed interest in participating this year, so here’s the link if you want to sign up. It’s not only a fun creative challenge, but you end up with 31 interesting postcard poems from all over the United States and the world. Twenty days until registration closes.


And here’s my original post with a photo of some of the postcards I received. They actually trickled in for several months afterwards.

22 thoughts on “POPO 2020 part 3

  1. Thanks for the reminder, K. I’ve been on the mailing list for awhile, have purchased the postcards, but have yet to register. Collage seems like the way to go for me also. I like the ones you posted today.


      1. Update: I’m now registered AND cleaned my table off. Ready to rock and roll! I read the guidelines on the site. I saw in one place it said you can get started as soon as you get your list it doesn’t have to be on Aug. 1 to send them out. Do you have any tips for me?

        Liked by 1 person

        1. I don’t think there are too many rules. They have a Zoom orientation on Saturday, which I’m going to try to watch–the link is on the website. Last year I was still getting postcards in October, but most came by mid-September. I did one poem per day, as that was manageable for me, but sometimes I mailed them in groups.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. This is so beautiful. ❤ The idea and your part in it. It reminds me of the good old days. I loved postcards since a very young age, both getting them and writing them. I stopped. Our post service is not reliable and there is only the community mailbox. Besides, it's expensive, especially international mail.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s