Poetry Writing Exercises 724: Tuesday 27th October

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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.

724 suitcases 851773Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: waiting, basic, through, length, open
  2. Random: an out-of-date machine
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: The List

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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.


One response to “Poetry Writing Exercises 724: Tuesday 27th October

  1. 1.Basic Talk
    I’ve been waiting through the basic talk
    Length doesn’t matter I think as I walk
    As long as it’s open communication
    And meaning is varied by enunciation
    Through the basic talk I wait
    Just as a seed by the garden gate
    To row in ways of branching out
    And seek my food so I can sprout
    The structure of this communication
    Is comical when my mind’s on vacation
    But even so, the meaning is subjected
    To critical analysis and detour attempted
    Because my path to an unknown destination
    Is critical to appease my surreal relocation
    And this traveling and morphing to and fro
    Helps Bognetta’s garden grow
    Although the length of the lecture varies
    Only simple consideration actually marries
    The speaker’s brainwaves to my own
    Because I refuse to be their clone!
    2.An Out of Date Machine
    An out of date machine
    Is as useful as a gene
    For its archaic design spells out
    A basic pattern to work about
    It’s as if it is a blue print
    For something better on the mint
    Since productivity brings improvement
    A revolutionary movement
    It may have been a simple solution
    To a problem lacking evolution
    But as ‘new and improved’ catch on
    We’re all reaching another dawn
    And time does not stand still
    For the factory or the mill
    Therefore we plump out new ideas
    So that everyone will see us
    Yet, within the basic design
    There’s still a marking of time
    Which always remains precious
    And our leisure could be luscious!
    Suitcases of green, yellow, and red
    Active, mellow, or go to your head
    Seems vacation is never-ending
    But I’m enjoying my happy ending
    Traveling through time and every vortex
    As if time stands still in my hex
    And each new day is much like the last
    Except my location and circumstance
    And I can’t cry wolf at every turn
    To get my love to return
    Because it’s better to give than receive
    It’s all in your head what you can achieve
    And we’re trading off people, places, and things
    For a complicated experience of our bell to ring
    Because the dopamine fix of blessings earned
    Is never enough and always we yearn
    Could this be my complaining or explaining
    To everybody out there who’s trying for maiming?
    These goals are high and mighty that I’m aiming
    In my solitary existence alone, my heart is claiming
    No fame, fortune, or possession could cut it
    It’s only in doing as an example, I butt it
    Yes, I push as my love labors on
    Because love by itself doesn’t sing my song
    So whether my mind is on vacation or my heart
    Each small action builds as I fart
    That’s right, it’s crass and direct at times
    But at least I can share my silly rhymes!
    4.The List
    • Money
    • Time
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Privacy
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Sex
    • Music
    • Job/Livelihood
    • Leisure
    • Events
    • Occasions
    • Appointments
    • Shopping
    • Interaction
    • Reaction
    • Introversion
    • Extroversion
    • Outspoken
    • Discreet
    • Spirituality
    Where do our connections meet?

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