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Prompt #58 double double toil and trouble

June 9, 2011


double double toil and trouble, or

making poem soup with a nail & rock, or

a little cocktail of wordies,

(easy-peasy as they say)

We Write Poems:  

This week a cocktail of prompts, courtesy of Richard Walker!

One, select a prompt from a site like Poetic Asides, Writer’s Island, Sunday Scribblings, or One Single Impression. (Maybe even select two, letting them modify the other in some way!) This will be the topic or theme of your poem. Two, select some words from a site like Three Word Wednesday or A wordling whirl of Sundays.

Now consider the intermix of your theme/topic and your words. How might those words help you explore, expand or define your theme? Or does your topic further open, leading down unexpected avenues as you play with your set of words?

Trust your poetic intuition and imagination! Please don’t feel restricted to the “current” theme/word postings for these sites referenced. Use prior postings if that’s what most serves the new poem you’re beginning to envision. Make your poetic cocktail something comfortable, or something challenging – all your choice.

Read Richard’s original prompt idea and poem, tonic-town.

[Thanks Richard for the prompt! And pardon please my play with the title here, hard to resist! ed.]

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!

  1. June 9, 2011 9:10 am

    Thank you for using my prompt idea. I’m eager to read the poems that people write using it. And no apology necessary for your play with the title. I couldn’t think of a clever title, so I’m glad you did.


    • June 9, 2011 2:24 pm

      Thank you. We much appreciate your participation with us here. ~neil

  2. Irene permalink*
    June 9, 2011 4:57 pm

    An extremely interesting title Neil! I’m piqued..Richard, a brilliant idea! Love your poem too.

    • June 9, 2011 7:08 pm

      Thanks, Irene. Now I have the challenge of writing another one using this prompt. (I’m feeling a little pressure).


      • Irene permalink*
        June 11, 2011 6:27 am

        Go Richard! *no pressure*

  3. June 10, 2011 10:14 am

    Love this prompt!


  4. June 12, 2011 3:57 pm

    Stone soup. yum

    • Irene permalink*
      June 13, 2011 5:09 pm

      It doesn’t sound palatable. I should give you the recipe for chicken soup.

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