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Prompt #57 Sometimes something surprising!

June 2, 2011


Sometimes something surprising!

We Write Poems:  
While you’ve still got your dancing shoes on your feet, here’s a little something to tickle your toes! Just one small step to the side, and then next week we’ll be back for more from the fine prompts offered by our community of writers here. This week take a spoon of inspiration from this first stanza by the poet Mary Oliver:


     Something came up
     out of the dark.
     It wasn’t anything I had ever seen before.
     It wasn’t an animal
        or a flower,
     unless it was both.

Think of a child’s painting (like something on the refrigerator). What creatures might there be? Something fanciful, something mysterious, something you’ve never ever seen before! Maybe like something from a dream, or maybe just what your fingers might doodle on their own, surprising you. What might they mean to you observing now? Close your eyes for a moment, let the images dance, be willing to listen to their voices and see what poem they want to write!

Sometimes something unexpected arrives! That’s the poem-play we’d like you to engage this week. As ever, you’re free to venture into whatever territory your imagination allows. Come and play!

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself.    ***    You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share.    ***    When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!).    ***    Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!


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