A Poetry Writing Prompt-A-Day 2014 – Thanks

Thanks to everyone who participated in our seonc annual poetry writing “Prompt-A-Day” project for National Poetry Month. Many poems were written and posted in the comments where these prompts were also posted in our Facebook group and they’ll remain in perpetuity in the posts below for future inspiration.

A huge thanks to all of the people who submitted writing prompts…we received so many more than we could possibly use…(only 30 days in the month!) We’ll definitely be doing this again next year…but in the waning moments of National Poetry Month let’s have every day be a day filled with poetry.

April 30, 2014: Maggie Westland

What if?  

This little phrase opens all manner of possible poems … could be you born to different parents, histories rewritten, time warps or word warps, new planets or species.  

The choices are infinite –  see what happens when you say

What if?


Submitted by Maggie Westland

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 29, 2014: Jean Colonomos

Write a sentence.  On the next line subtract a word from the sentence until the poem is one word.  The example below best shows what I’m suggesting.

Writing is not just Apollo’s gift.
Writing is not just Apollo’s.
Writing is not just.
Writing is not.
Writing is.
Writing.


Submitted by Jean  Colonomos

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 28, 2014: Thea Constantine

Justifiable Homicide:
Does anyone really wake up and utter “mwahahaha”? Life certainly would be easier if things were so cartoon-simple — but we know they aren’t. Perhaps Jean Renoir said it best when he stated, “The real hell of life is that everyone has his reasons.” 

What’s the cruelest thing you’ve ever done? If you can bear to think about it for a few minutes, you’ll most likely recall the reason for doing what you did. It may not be a great one, but the circumstances that led you to that action probably weren’t based on the desire to be a smashing villainess or your just feeling evil that day. You had your reasons.

Grab your pen or fire up your laptop and write down three things you find completely rotten or unacceptable. Now pick one and find the best excuse you can think of for doing that very thing. Try applying these dilemmas not only to your antagonist, but to your protagonist as well.


Submitted by Thea Constantine / http://www.theaconstantine.com/

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 27, 2014: Ruth Hill

Choose a subject. Collect a list of vocabulary words that best describe that subject. Now write describing the FEELINGS around that subject, without using any of the assumed vocabulary words you first collected?


Submitted by Ruth Hill

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 26, 2014: Jaimes Palacio

Write a persona poem from the point of view of a bad guy in a movie. (Example: Blofeld in James Bond, Jason in Friday the 13th-though I personally despise slasher films) What are their motivations? Do they have doubts? What are their ultimate goals, and why?


Submitted by Jaimes Palacio

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 25, 2014: Erin Elizabeth Smith

Write a poem that includes the following: an armadillo, a type of alcohol, grass clippings, a shade of yellow, and a line from a favorite text.


Submitted by Erin Elizabeth Smith / http://www.sundresspublications.com

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 24, 2014: Ashira Malka

Go in your mind (which includes ‘real life!’) to a place you’ve been, or haven’t, where there is a historical marker. Best not to read it, but you can if you like … imagine, instead, what you’d like to write. Look around at the vista, look to your imagined past, look forward to the future. What happened, what will happen there?


Submitted by Ashira Malka / 2CPoetry.com

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 23, 2014: Vinita Agrawal

Write a poem that begins with the line: In the cold of your shadow


Submitted by Vinita Agrawal / www.vinitawords.com

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/

April 22, 2014: E. Spears

Write a poem that gives a voice to your shadow.

Submitted by E. Spears

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55010360875/