Poetry prompt for day 8: What happens next?

Remember that fairy tale from days 2, 3, and 4? Write a poem that tells the sequel.

What happens after happily ever after?

*** Poem fom day 8 (up about a day–and then “poof”, it will be gone) ***


(This poem continued the thoughts of the sixth son, the one who had a wing instead of an arm–the pain of being different and of being not all one thing or the other.)

NaPoWriMo prompt for day 7: Be sure to visit

Today’s prompt is to write in the voice of a guidebook. Think Lonely Planet goes poetry.

It’s a chance to take language that’s used for one thing and write about something else completely. My friend Greg Hischak refers to this as co-opting language, and he does this brilliantly. For example, in his poem “Preflight,” he uses the flight attendant safety speech format to talk about poetry. An excerpt:

Grasp the poem firmly before applying it
to the inner child traveling with you

So today, let’s think of traveling outside of our usual syntax and see where a guidebook can take us.

And to recap the week:

Friday: It’s your body
Thursday: Five golden… (sound lists)

Wednesday: What the broom says (more point of view)
Tuesday: Point of view
Monday: Tell me a story
Sunday: Warm-up

*** Poem fom day 7 (up about a day–and then “poof”, it will be gone) ***


(This poem was about the Panic Gardens–inspired by the Butchart Gardens and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and my general state of alarm.)

NaPoWriMo day 6: It’s your body

Pick a body part and write a poem starring that body part.

We have the obvious: nose, elbow, knee, ankle, toes, clavicle.

Then we have the anvil, hammer, stirrup. We have all the muscles–the gluteals, the sartorius, obliques, triceps, serratus anterior, latissimus dorsi–stop me before I go on and on.

We have nerves. We have livers and lungs. We have skin and blood (it’s always seemed weird to me that skin and blood are organs).

We can go down to the cellular level–endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria.

We have a whole body to work with.

And I know that I’m going to try to choose the body part that best fits the poems I’ve already written–even though that might not be the best body part poem. So that’s the challenge for me: to put this poem first.

*** Poem fom day 6 (up about a day–and then “poof”, it will be gone) ***


(I wrote this poem about the stomach.)

Five golden… poetry prompt for day 5

Today, we’re taking a break from stories. Let’s make lists, instead.

Write a list of words that have the same vowel sound–beet, feel, seem, leaf. Or heck–go for all-out rhymes. Then write a poem using at least seven of them.

Kelli posted this prompt last year, and I loved it. Days later, I was still making lists: rings, brings, clings, flings, sings, things, wings, wrings, you get the idea.

Or swan, dawn, fawn, pawn, wan, yawn.

And the lines don’t need to rhyme at their ends. Or it’s all too rhyme-y, write a list of words that have the same first two letters: flick, float, flat.

We’re just going for sounds, and patterns of sounds.

Plus, it’s fun to make lists.

*** Poem fom day 5 (up about a day–and then “poof”, it will be gone) ***


(This poem was about sewing, the experience of opening up a new pattern, cutting the fabric, and trying to follow the instructions. It used a lot of “itch” and “at” sounds.)

NaPoWriMo day 4: What the broom says

We’ve spent two days on a story, and now we’re going to continue to play with point of view.

Write a poem exploring that same story from the point of view of an object (the broom, the chair that breaks, the kettle).

I’m psyched about this one! I love embodying–or en-voicing–the inanimate object.

From “The Six Swans,” I have the ball of yarn, the needle the sister uses to sew her shirts of aster flowers, the logs waiting to be lit or the timber she’s tied to–maybe more.

Have fun!

*** Poem fom day 4 (up about a day–and then “poof”, it will be gone) ***


(Still playing with the story of the six swans, this poem was in the voice of the needle the sister used to sew the shirts.)