National Poetry Writing Month: Day #20 (April 20, 2014)

Family poems seem to be all the rage among poetry prompts today; both NaPoWrimo.net and Writer’s Digest suggest writing a ‘family poem’ for today’s prompt. (Okay, that’s only two. Still…)

Number 20 on LitBridge’s list of prompts involves imagining ‘living 300 or more years ago’, with ‘the same personality and body’. (Yeah, I can’t see myself in the 18th century.)

Kelli Russell Agodon’s prompt for day 20 suggests removing my shoes and writing a poem celebrating my feet. (I hate my feet.)

Once again, PoeWar comes to the rescue. The twentieth prompt on the list is:

Write a poem that begins with a line of advice or instruction, such as don’t give up or take a left at the willow tree.

I managed to take this a step further: Each line of the poem (whether or not I adapted it to fit) came from another web site.

Write a poem that begins with a line of advice or instruction
Come back later to see who’s viewed it
But watch out!

Put your creative spin on symmetry
Define what to expect from each phase
Organize!

Remember your roots
Get curious—ask the question
Have fun—be creative!

Imagine yourself living 300 or more years ago
Don’t dwell on the past
Just let it go!

Find your people
Don’t let them steal your peace
Stop and smell the roses!

(20 April 2014)

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