Poetry Challenge #97

Cousins

Cousins appear in lots of books. In some versions of City Mouse/Country Mouse, the mice are cousins.

In The Secret Garden, young Mary Lennox meets her cousin Colin. The Secret Garden (HarperClassics)

In Eight Cousins, orphaned Rose Campbell goes to live with her uncle—and seven boy cousins.

Eight Cousins (Puffin Classics)

Do you have cousins? Are they older or younger? Do they live nearby or far away? When is the last time you saw them? How are they like you? How are they different?

Write a poem about your cousins—all of them or just a few. Tell a story about something you’ve done together or something you wish you could do.

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 #96

National Hot Dog Day!

Concrete poems are words arranged in a shape to give extra meaning to the subject of the poem. Maybe the words form the branches of a tree or letters drip down the page to show rain. Sometimes there’s a surprise hidden in repeated words like the marshmallow in the concrete poem below.
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                                  whipped
                                cream
                                    whipped
                    whipped cream whipped
                whipped cream whipped cream
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug      nd
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug  ha    le
            mug hot choco marshmallow late mug  ha      le
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug  ha      le
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug  ha      le
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug      nd
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug
            mug hot chocolate chocolate hot mug
            mug  mug  mug  mug  mug  mug  mug
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Since today is National Hot Dog Day, let’s write a concrete poem about hot dogs or other vendor food. You could draw a hot dog with words or you could draw a hot dog and use words to dress up your hot dog. Do you like ketchup? Mustard? Onions? Sweet relish? Marshmallows?
Have fun!

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 #95

Cuckoo for Coconuts!!

Hooray! Hooray! It’s National Pina Colada Day!                                   pina colada.jpg

So, whether you do or do not like getting caught in the rain . . .

Whether you are or are not into health foods or champagne . . .

Regardless of your opinion about waking up at midnight—

Let’s put the lime in the coconut and bust out in poetry! Pul-lee-e-e-e-sa!* PLEEESE!

Thinking coconuts, tropical islands, pineapples ripe for the plucking, and cuckoo birds write a poem. And yes, because the notion that there even is a National Pina Colada Day is slightly cuckoo, use as many words as you can think of which include the letters C and O in that order. If you really want to cut loose, try including a bird call or two!

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.