Submit Your Eighth Poem For 2019

Submit Your Eighth Poem For 2019

If you’re taking part in our 12 Poems Challenge, it’s time to submit your eighth poem for 2019.

I’m hoping the only parts of you that are numb are your fingers because of all the writing you have been doing. This has been a challenging prompt for me. Enjoy the poems and I hope you like our brand new site.

I will accept and approve posts for NUMB from 21 August 2019, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), until 22 August 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 Yip, it’s true. The new site up and running. We had a great deadline last Wednesday for the short stories and I hope you will enjoy the new site as well.


  1. Log in.
  2. Submit – the tab is on the left.
  3. Complete the form.
  4. Select the correct category: Poetry Prompt 8: Numb
  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 this post 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 2019, that will be month one for you and then May 2020 will be month 12. Sign up on

Here is my poem for ‘Numb’: 

A pile of skulls

There is a pile of skulls
in a cave near Sterkfontein
Ripped from their peaceful slumber
The bones counted, each received a number

There is a pile of skulls
in a snow drift in Russia
One man’s glory, another’s pain
Bayonet at the ready, but in vain

There is a pile of skulls
in a gas chamber in Germany
Once a life led by a yellow star
A number that remains a scar

There is a pile of skulls
on a freight train near Chechneya
The rainbow flag laid to rest
We were told it was a harmless jest

There is a pile of skulls
in a classroom at Sandy Hook
Teacher shouts her voice is shrill
‘Students, this is not a drill’

There is a pile of skulls
on the home page of the news site
But I click a different link instead
Apparently, the Kardashians wore red

And here is Prompt 9 for 2019:

P.S. If you are taking part in the 12 Poems Challenge, join the group on Facebook: 12 Poems in 12 Months

 by Mia Botha

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The Poems Challenge: Click here to read all the poems.