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Prompt #105, It’s Post Your Poems Day!

May 16, 2012


Old beginnings

We Write Poems:  
This was the kind of prompt that likely won’t be fully addresses in just one first attempt.  We asked you to write a poem about your very first (maybe two) memories of being you in this life.  And further, to do so with as little of your “adult editor” painting the picture, but rather expressing those images more as you might have then as a child.

Did you observe your choice of language within this poem?  What about your sense of space and objects, as a child might see (and say)?  Please also note that it doesn’t matter how far back your memory goes, rather just simply that you went back so far as you could recall to do.

Admitted, that’s a near impossible task.  Who you are now is some sum of all your history and experience, and it is hard letting go of that.  Yet we also think while you are still “present” now, it can at least be put into the back seat for a while.  And again, this is another exercise in writing from another point of view (even if it is your own as a child), which is surely one of the components in a writer’s bag of craft.  We hope you accepted this poetic challenge no matter your result and consider it simply another step in expanding yourself as a writer.  We look forward to reading your results!

Well if you enjoyed this prompt and would like a little more homework on the subject, please visit Margo Roby’s Wordgathering, for her Tuesday Tryouts, Winter Count.  With a generous dose of history Margo expands this theme in both a graphic and poetic exercise!

Come back tomorrow for an interesting follow-up prompt from Donald Harbour!

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. May 16, 2012 12:52 am

    Gotta go run to bed. Drafty this poem is, but I like the challenge of the prompt and practice practice practice is fair game.

    two first days

  2. May 16, 2012 1:06 am

    You jogged my memory.

  3. Irene permalink*
    May 16, 2012 1:06 am

    Gotta say, my first true memories are pre-literate & fragmented.

    a girl learning to read

  4. May 16, 2012 2:47 am

    Early problems with my legs become my most vivid early memory.

  5. May 16, 2012 4:01 am I shall continue on this theme, using Margo Roby’s prompt at

  6. May 16, 2012 4:07 am

    I went through the seasons and am also continuing this in correlation with Margo’s prompt. Seems yesterday my most vivid memories were this …

    “Memories Like Silver Spoons”

  7. May 16, 2012 4:24 am

    It’s so nice to be back! Smiles to all poetical peeps!

  8. May 16, 2012 4:51 am

    Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! That’s me singing a note. It has been a long time since I finished a poem in time to post for WWP. As I have always considered them my prompt home along with The Big Tent, I have sorely missed being here. Of course, it may be awhile, again! Meanwhile:

    • Irene permalink*
      May 16, 2012 6:27 am

      Too cute, you singing a note. Back to read tomorrow!

  9. May 16, 2012 5:20 am

    Here’s mine. Not my first memory but certainly waaaay back when.


  10. May 16, 2012 6:02 am

    Yow. Between this and Margo’s…. Only the first little bit counts as a poem, so don’t be put off by the length. The rest is rant.

  11. May 16, 2012 6:07 am

    Some kinda effort: Evening Triptych

  12. May 16, 2012 6:24 am

    My first two are Charged Memories.


  13. May 16, 2012 7:06 am

    Life happens… Son of Son will be over soon. I’ll be back to try and read a few later…

  14. May 16, 2012 7:31 am

    Great prompt! Thank you!
    Mine’s here:

  15. May 16, 2012 11:54 am

    I actually remembered a time I don’t think I’ve thought about, ever. Thanks! Mine is up.

  16. May 16, 2012 8:20 pm

    Hi all, I’ll be back to read in the morning. Great prompt, Neil!

  17. May 17, 2012 7:57 am

    Close to the beginning of new chapters..Ending of old.

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