Poetry Challenge #84

To Be or Not to Bee

I’m no Hamlet—never played one, don’t live in one—But . . . I do know the beginning of Prince Hamlet’s Act 3, Scene 1 Soliloquy: “To Be or Not to Be…”  And now, if you didn’t, you do too. Thus primed, prompt on fair Prince/ess:

Richard Nordquist on Thoughtco says: The verb “to be” is one of the shortest and most important—yet oddest—verbs in the English language. It is an irregular verb; indeed, it is the only verb in English that completely changes form in every tense. The verb “to be” is probably the most important verb in English.— https://www.thoughtco.com/present-and-past-forms-verb-be-1690359

Below is a list of past and present forms of the verb “to be.” And, just for fun, a fuzzy black and yellow buzzy bee. Write a Bee poem using as many forms of the verb “to be” as you can. One way to begin is to write each form of the word be on a line and take it from there.
Past and Present forms of the verb “to be”:

I am, I was
You are, You were
He/She/It is, He/She/It was
We are, We were
They are, They were
And if you want to try perfect tense: have/has/had been
Image result for bee cartoon drawing
Be bold! Be silly! Be—gin!

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 1100 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 #83

Pets

Which animals make the best pets? List 5 or 10 or as many as you can in one minute. Which animals make the worst pets? List for another minute. What other animals can you think of? Time yourself one more minute.

Write a list poem using animals from your lists. Write three lines with 7 syllables on each line and finish the poem with a fourth line that has 5 syllables. If you need an extra syllable, you can add an adjective—a word that describes the animal—or a sound.

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 1050 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 #82

Diamond in the Rough

A Diamante is a diamond-shaped poem, simple as that.  In the same way diamonds/gems/rocks/stones—come in many shapes, colors, and sizes, diamante poems can be about anything, and they can be as long as you want to make them. A Diamante begins with a one word (or syllable) line. Each subsequent line grows longer by one. The longest line is at the midpoint.  From the midpoint, lines decrease in length until the poem ends as it began–with a one word line. The shortest Diamante has three lines:

One word
Two words
One word
 
Write a diamond-shaped Diamante about something you value. 
Here’s a frame to help you see your poem.
Here’s a Diamante Frame if you prefer structure.

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 1050 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.