29 April 2016

Final Five Prompts for Poetry Month

Blossoming into May, and the end of National Poetry Month

Your final five poetry prompts for the month of April. Choose one, choose all, or forge your own path, but round out the month with a few more poems.

1.  Write an honesty poem. This is a poem where you are brutally honest about something. It works best if you are honest with yourself. These poems aren't necessarily for public consumption, so see how deep you can dig within yourself. 

2.  Think about shoes. Love them? Hate them? Prefer to go barefoot? When did our ancestors go from protective foot covering to fancy-dancy 6 inch tall? In the future will all our shoes be custom molded for our feet? I've had the same pair of comfy hiking boots for 30 years, how about you? What shoes earn a place in your hall of fame?

3.  Turn off the television, silence your phone, and spend ten minutes listening to the outside world. What do you hear? What has become background noise? Can you identify all the sounds around you? Write a poem using sense imagery, particularly as it relates to sounds. Make us 'see' the flower in all its technicolor glory, or stinky glory as the case may be.

4.  "April showers bring May flowers" Think of a favorite - or hated - flower. Write a poem where you explore your feelings about that flower. Do a little research into the meaning of the flower, including where it grows and what it traditionally stands for. 

5.  String. There aren't enough poems out there about string. Help fill this void. Write about the world's biggest ball of string and what happens when it runs wild. Write about string holding things together, or keeping them apart. What can you do with string? Be inventive and take us along for the ride. 


Oonah said...

There aren't enough poems out there about string. You are so right! :)

Constance Brewer said...

Then get to work, Oonah! String theory, string poems, whatever your heart desires!

Kathleen Cassen Mickelson said...

The idea that an honesty poem is just for me and no one else is a great reminder that sometimes we write just to write. And I love the prompt about flowers we hate. Heh!

Constance Brewer said...

I have a whole honesty exercise I give out to my philosophy students. *evil grin*