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Prompt #64, It’s Post Your Poems Day!

July 27, 2011

Parallel lines

We Write Poems:  
No, not a lesson in geometry, but rather a method for reinforcing a phrase or idea within a poem. This form of “parallelism” employs either two lines expressing the same idea, or two lines presenting the opposing notions for contrast and refined exposition. We were asked by Nicole to write a poem using either or both of these two variants. Please re-read our original prompt and Nicole’s original posting for more concrete examples if you’re still wondering some. Give it a try if you haven’t already, and we await reading your poems in response to this prompt.

Thank you Nicole for suggesting this thoughtful prompt! There is an interesting play of both form and content implicit in this prompt.

Don’t have a poem yet? Perhaps read a few done by others here, be inspired. There’s still plenty of time to discover a poem for yourself!

Leave the links to your poems in the comments of this post, then go visit your fellow writers’ sites and read their work. Remember to leave only positive comments in the spirit of sharing and not critiquing. We look forward to reading your poems!

Please remember to include a link with your blog poem post that links right back to here, this “Post Your Poems Day”, so that others reading your poem can also share in this community poem experience – maybe even someone new to We Write Poems!

If you are new to WWP, please be welcome to look around and read. The full prompt description you can find under “Recent Posts” on the top right of our page.

  1. Rinkly Rimes permalink
    July 27, 2011 12:52 am

    Thank you for an interesting idea.

  2. July 27, 2011 1:03 am

    A troublesome prompt, and I don’t think I’ve succeded!

  3. July 27, 2011 1:34 am

    Well, this is one that does not get linked to my Facebook page. Family.
    When I couldn’t think of anything to write parallels with, I went to the RWP archives and found one of the celebrity prompts that seemed to fit.

    Note on Lined Woolworth Stationery

  4. July 27, 2011 2:10 am

    Dug one out of the Works In Progress file & tuned it up for this prompt: Getting It In Writing at Scrambled, Not Fried

  5. Irene permalink*
    July 27, 2011 2:33 am

    I did a patchwork of parallelisms.

    what you do with language

  6. July 27, 2011 3:43 am

    I got a little silly and out came this twisted nursery rhyme: a spider’s tale
    Fun prompt. I look forward to exploring parallelism again soon — and this time with more seriousness.

  7. July 27, 2011 6:21 am

    I found this interesting.

  8. July 27, 2011 6:57 am

    Here’s my attempt at this prompt (combined with some others):

  9. July 27, 2011 7:51 am

    Not sure I pulled this one off…but I did enjoy trying!!! What a cool idea for a prompt!!!

  10. July 27, 2011 9:52 am

    A star burns out on her Saturn Return


  11. July 27, 2011 10:30 am

    Better a tad late than a tad never. I joined this with a form, the “anapeat”, that just won the Form Challenge over at Poetic Asides: Water Run. Thanks to Nicole for the prompt!

  12. July 27, 2011 4:29 pm

    This was an interesting and challenging prompt idea! Also my first posting here!

  13. July 28, 2011 7:59 am

    It is not to the prompt, but I wanted to share it here:

    PS: I am in some kind of writing limbo……

  14. July 28, 2011 8:52 am

    I am really late getting here. I am swamped with work, hopefully today will be an easier day. I am not sure if I did this correctly to prompt. Nonetheless, here it is …
    Thanks Nicole.


    Starless Butterflies

  15. July 28, 2011 9:01 am

    Here is the correct link …Starless Butterflies

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