Poetry Challenge #48

Hump Day!

Lots of things have humps. Quickly list as many as you can. Here’s a few to set you thinking:

Hills have humps, whales have humps, camels, too—some one, some two—the Hunchback of Notre Dame had a huge hump which caused him pain, shame & ultimately fame.

Write a poem about one of the humps you listed, or the hump itself. And since the reward following the long trudge up to the end of Wednesday is sliding through Thursday toward the weekend. Bonus points if you shape your poem so it looks like a slide.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #47

Trending Poetry

There are many excellent sites for Words of the Day. Some of them include trending words as well—words that are the most looked up at that moment in time. For this poem, you need to collect five words and see what you can do with them.

One of my favorite sites for words for all ages is Merriam Webster’s Word Central. Look at the Buzzwords Archive and grab the first five words. If you need definitions, click on the word. Then write a poem/story/something using those words.

In case you can’t look them up, today’s words are:

wombat, tense, temblor, jockey, coincide

Feel free to use these words or look them up any day and use what you find!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #46

Mining Poems

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to read over the poems you’ve been writing. I like to do that with a couple different colored highlighters. I mark words or phrases or lines that I especially like or that surprise me. Then I pick 2-4 of those highlighted selections and try to combine them into a new poem. You can rearrange words, change word endings, or add more words or lines if you need them. See what happens when you take pieces that you really like and combine them into a new whole!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 850 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.