Poetry Writing Exercises 910: Wednesday 13th July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

910 start 941149Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: caring, sandbank, highest, value, minute
  2. Random: a class divide
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Are you going…

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 910: Wednesday 13th July

  1. Hourglass Contraption
    Caring that a sandbank
    Has innumerable grains
    The highest value I could fathom
    Was a number from a phantom
    Then another minute passed
    As I lazed upon the grass
    And as I dreamed
    The sandbank was creamed!
    Counting grains of sand
    Suddenly seemed bland
    And the highest value
    Was on my menu
    Then another minute ran
    And my toes were in the sand
    If the sand were in an hourglass
    Instead of on a bank…
    My mind wandered even faster
    Than that wave about to quake
    Would they throw stones at the housing?
    Of that contained contraption?
    What value could it bring if they took action?
    And as you can see, my friends,
    The pondering be told…
    Hourglass, metaphor for homeless
    They are keeping & spending all the gold!
    Then another minute washed by
    And all I could do was sigh…

    A Class Divide
    Is a division like a derision?
    Can I laugh it in the face?
    If divided we fall,
    Why do I heed the call?
    To be all I can be
    In my little family tree
    That branches every which way
    But still I know the way
    When dividing is actually multiplying,
    Can’t you see how it grows?
    It isn’t getting any smaller
    It’s growing & climbing the wall – GRR!
    And what I mean is a cell divides
    To create duplicates as I deride
    The whole process is a major confide
    That we can never let slide or ride
    On a camel named Clyde,
    My own heart I must abide
    So as we divide, we still gather as one
    And we mirror & echo each other – Hon!
    Therefore, this reproduction
    Is a major function that we call production
    But we’re only making more consumers
    To imitate the other losers
    And yes, I’ve lost my mind
    To the purpose of the grind
    Yet, even so, I still know…
    Wherever I am, there I go!
    He Would Go
    Shall I dive into the serene green water?
    My feet are ready, but do I otter?
    Knowing I’ll get wet as well as cool…
    Should I even play the fool?
    Oh, to compete as my ready feet beat
    A heart-felt, blood-pump rhythm sweet
    Just standing there at the ready
    Doesn’t cut it like Eddy
    He would go, so they say
    And so shall I along m merry way
    Into the deep blue water & sky
    My spirit will soar and so will I
    What does this all mean to you?
    Just do whatever you wanted to
    Because life’s too short for thinking twice
    When I had a bigger ordeal, I’d think thrice
    But now I can quite comfortably say
    Whether I wanted to or not, I do it anyway!
    May you be blessed on your journey
    That you’ll enjoy before the gurney
    Jump got my love, jump to the rhythm, JUMP!
    And while you’re at it, let adrenaline PUMP!

    Are You Going…
    Are you going to write that book?
    I don’t even wanna look!
    Are you going to wash that plate?
    Hurry now, don’t be late!
    Are you going to take a shower?
    Want you smelling like a flower!
    Are you going to buy a car?
    You won’t have to look that far!
    Are you going to go to bed?
    Perhaps you oughta rest your head!
    Are you going to the party?
    To laugh real bold & hardy?
    Are you going to be late?
    Watch out the food you ate!
    Are you going to the store?
    It’s never enough, you’ll just want more!
    Are you going to the show?
    3-D’s the way to go!
    Are you going to make your mark?
    Ooh – “Set, Go!” is what I bark!
    Are you going? Staying? Or don’t you know?
    It’s okay to meditate & let it all go!

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