Poetry Writing Exercises 752: Friday 4th December

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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.

752 basketball 220441Below are the four – you can do them in any order.


  1. Keywords: morning, throws, cheery, easier, irresistible
  2. Random: making friends is too easy
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: The Dreaded Family Holiday


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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 752: Friday 4th December

  1. 1. You Can Too!
    His morning I was in a cheery mood
    I found it easier to break my brood
    And emerge from irresistible throws
    To find my ‘Chi’ and let blood flow
    Off I went, my nose to blow
    Filled the planter-flowers grow
    Daintily sprinkled fishy flakes
    And smiled at the magic of snowflakes
    Unlike the morning dew
    They’ll simply have to do
    According to the crease of my smile
    I thought of the perfect number to dial
    But nothing works unless I do
    So my dear friends, I bid adieu
    And hopefully you too won’t be blue
    Cuz if you do, then off I flew!
    (You can too!)

    2. Making Friends is too Easy
    As easy can be, just open your mouth
    And soon you’ll see them going South
    But they’ll be drawn once again
    When syrupy-sweet turned sour in mouth
    Advice to give them with gentle nudges
    It’s their choice if they hold grudges
    Just smile and encourage so sweetly
    And soon they’ll dress so neatly
    They’ll try to impress with their zoot suits
    Dancing to a rhythm so familiar-knockin’ boots
    And livin’ la vida loca
    With energy of a mocha
    Making friends is too easy
    As easy as making a pie
    But then any way you slice it
    It’s just a piece you’ll get
    Cherish each flavor & color
    Remember to savor as they get duller
    Because life is a palette of variety
    It’s a show, but still we change the channel
    Chanel number 5 was a wonderful fragrance
    But smelling it long causes arrogance
    But then…making friends is too easy!

    3. You Big Ape
    It starts off as a huge task
    But then, as one grows,
    The brain begins to ask
    Why was this such a chore?
    Practice trains and it’s amazing
    How the extension of the self
    Is something craving
    Controlled activity was something saving
    For the main event and big game
    Perfecting the movements-it all seems the same
    Still they remember your name
    And it’s your only claim to fame
    Be the ball, watch the ball, have a ball!
    Bounce it, Pass it, & Shoot it
    But whatever you do, don’t lose it
    Enjoy it for its circular shape
    (You Big Ape!)

    4. The Dreaded Family Holiday
    Here it comes again! Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years!
    What does everyone want but a great time?
    Food & gifts – Spirits to lift
    One out of their slump
    But here I am feeling like Forest Gump
    And life is just a box of chocolates
    Mixed nuts and Fruit cake
    It’s not always what you give,
    But also what you take!
    Ho, Ho, Ho!
    I saw Mommy kissing Santa’s claws
    And I heard the thumps of reindeer’s pause
    Felt stuffed after Thanksgiving, was a Christmas Ham, and now…
    I think a New Year’s Revolution is the solution to my ‘Resolution’!
    But even if I go away, I’m surrounded by family on this dreaded holiday
    (Which is each and every day!)

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