Poetry Writing Exercises 699: Tuesday 22nd September

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Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

699 puppy chews stick 953958Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: chair, sponsor, life, choose, plus
  2. Random: stepping away from a window
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Under the Bridge

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!


  • Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  • Show don’t tell: if your character is angry, don’t tell us he is, have him thumping his fist on the table.
  • Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
  • Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: Have a character striding instead of walking confidently.
  • Only use repetition to emphasise.
  • When you’ve finished the first draft, read the story out loud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course!

Pictures courtesy of morguefile.com

I love to talk about writing so feel free to email me. I’ll be pasting these prompts in this blog’s Facebook Group so you may find some other comments there.

If you’d like to submit a poem for critique on this site, see Submissions. The other critique writing groups are:

Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group

Thank you for reading this and we look forward to your comments.


2 responses to “Poetry Writing Exercises 699: Tuesday 22nd September

  1. 1.THRILLS
    As we choose our sponsor in life
    It’s only a chair plus there’s joy inn our strife
    In other words, its only a tool for use
    And its up to us to take or refuse
    Because we cannot duplicate the results
    Explicitly, we create our own version as adults
    The assistance is merely just that
    And satisfaction brought the cat back
    She purrs with such loving grace
    Of gracefulness in her space
    Yes, the curiosity kills
    But finding out gives us thrills

    2. DROOL
    As I step away from the window
    Whether it be TV, computer, or a structure’s glass
    I close my eyes and imagine an ass
    It could be the animal, the donkey or mule
    But usually its the crass one that makes me drool
    And yes, it’s a sexual fantasy
    But it makes me laugh since I’m human, see?
    Even if someone is mooning me in disgust
    It’s still a tease of some kind of lust
    Butt to be so brave to bear so much
    I can’t help but laugh as I forget my lunch
    But I see that the window as well as imagination
    Seems to be only a perverted infatuation
    Because they’re both rather stagnant activities
    Masterbating in all the possibilities
    Instead of just working towards our own success
    We stall in entertainment while our lives are a mess

    Why grab the bull by the horns when you can bite it?
    Just chomping at the bit as we grind it
    Into a magical powder
    To add as a spice to clam chowder
    Sharpening our teeth on some bark
    Keeps the noise quiet in the dark
    Since biting words could hurt
    And an actual bite, tho curt
    Would pierce in a frightening way
    Causing all to run away
    Whether it be noise or physical harm
    They both cause goosebumps to run up my arm
    So give the doggie a bone or a stick
    To keep the mutt quiet-my own wounds I lick

    Under the bridge is where I once went
    To escape the elements they call progress
    For it is where we can duck the storm
    Or be free of the stress they call the norm
    It’s where we fish, dream, or smoke
    Or write grafitti to somehow invoke
    The minds of all who would see it
    Sometimes we can hardly believe it
    That through our escape there’s reward
    Through activity that we can afford

  2. Thank you, bognetta. Sorry I missed these back in September. I’ve just posted the link on the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/388850977875934).

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