10 Prompts for National Poetry Month

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Photo by David Klein on Unsplash

This year, I am participating in National Poetry Month by posting a fresh poem each day. I am sort of on a theme with numbers and such, but that can change, sort of maybe or much. In an effort to keep it simple, I am writing short poems. These are so short that they are like postage stamp poetry.

About three years ago I started sending text poems. These are short pieces that relate specifically to a person, place or thing and they are texted as appropriate. I included some of these in my chapbook, Heart Sounds.

We’re into day 4 of National Poetry Month so I am a little behind on this, but it is what’s on my mind. If you want to participate, hurry up and write some shorties and catch up. My creations are on my blog, Prolificpulse.blog, and dancing around social media. Keeping with my title, I have 10 prompts for National Poetry Month. So, let’s get started.

Prompt #1 — Viewing this picture, write what comes to mind in poetic form. Notice that this is a single tulip, but what else do you see in this picture? Write about the flower or whatever you see or feel when looking at this photograph.

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Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

Prompt #2 — Viewing this picture, notice what theme we are getting into. This one has to do with twos. You don’t have to stick to idea of twos because this is your own creation. Let’s see what you can do.

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“Two women in dresses arching back while holding each other hands in a green meadow” by Julia Caesar on Unsplash

Prompt #3 My personal favorite is thinking in terms of threes. This is a common theme with writing and art. Perhaps I will talk about that in another post. Not to disappoint, here are my threes:

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“An overhead shot of green, red and yellow succulents in small flowerpots on a wooden surface” by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Prompt #4, is something I thought I might fork over. Mmm I am thinking about something tasty. How about you?

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Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Prompt #5 is something to drink. Perhaps a coffee or tea, a cocoa or libation. Will you sip, indulge, enjoy the scent? How does this feel, holding the cup in your hands. How about the table? Let your imagination flow.

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“A little white mug of espresso on a wood table” by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Prompt #6 What sounds, feelings, colors, and more do you experience with this picture? Does it take you back in time. Write about any or all of these things for this poetry prompt.

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Photo by Rula Sibai on Unsplash

Prompt #7 The sky is the limit! Or keep those feet on the ground and imagine flight or cool, fresh air. Wade into this one with joy!

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Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

Prompt #8 Let’s go back in time to childhood. Do you remember the excitement over a fresh box of crayons? How many colors did you prefer? Did you have a favorite? I did, it was blue-green and I used to hide it for me and only me. I loved the smell of crayons, especially when I opened a fresh box. What creative poetry can you write from this prompt?

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“A child, wearing a colorful shirt, uses crayons to color a picture.” by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Prompt #9 I think it ought to rhyme. How about a rhyming poem with this image in mind.

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“A curve in an asphalt road in the mountains” by adrian on Unsplash

Prompt #10 Let’s do this again. I am on a roll, here, let’s see where you go.

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Photo by Easton Oliver on Unsplash

I hope you have fun with these ideas. I would love to see what your creations are from these prompts. Thank you for allowing me to take your attention away from other laugh things. Enjoy, create and relax in the fun!

This is my first post on Medium. I will be back with more thoughts very soon.

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