April 3, 2020: Poetry Writing Prompt – Diana Rosen


This poetry writing prompt submitted by Diana Rosen:

I love poems that evoke one or more of the five senses, however, smell is rarely used in poetry even though it has such emotional connections. Consider the aroma of freshly caramelized onions frying in a pan, how sweet a baby’s hair smells or something in nature that is ordinary or common yet has an extraordinary fragrance to you and, by extension, conjures a vivid memory. Make us recognize that smell without your describing the source. Use words you wouldn’t normally use to describe smell (sour, stinky, spicy, floral) and let your imagination rip. 

Capture the essence of this smell in 14 lines. If you want an added challenge, make the poem rhyme!

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group.

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