Prompt #115 Counting fingers plus two
Counting fingers plus two
what’s that mean?
We Write Poems:
So really, what does that mean? Nothing “cosmic” I assure you.
Simply, write a poem that uses twelve (12) words, no more, no less.
It’s about brevity. That’s an obvious part. And about breathing in and breathing out, in this week by week poem process. (The process is bigger than just one week you know.) So be simple. Be concise. Perhaps a pirouette – but just one. The topic, the form, the style, the phrasing, the shape, the voice – that’s all up to you. No rules. No constraints. BUT just that one – twelve words please (else it’s not a game!).
You can even make up a name for this unformed forming poem, if you like. Maybe an American haiku, but without those rules of form. This is also an opportunity to observe what a writer can say without directly saying the words.
Can you condense a sentence, a phrase into just one word, or two? Maybe take what “lines” you’d commonly write, then reduce it to the essential word. How might that read or sound?
And here’s one tangential hint – can you break rules when there are no rules? (Allowing here for the rule of twelve, but that’s all.) Allow your imagination to consider that. (And yea, poems are for real. They’re just not serious!)
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!