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Prompt #115, It’s Post Your Poems Day!

July 25, 2012


Counting fingers plus two

We Write Poems:  

Well now, you not only know what that title means, but you’ve gotten to play in that poem field for a week. Write a poem that uses twelve (12) words, no more, no less, was our prompt. Here’s the question now most in mind – did language teach you something this week? Were words more like leaves or more like stars? Was there an unwritten background, and how did it relate to what was visible?

Did you feel anything shift in your relationship with words? We would love to hear whatever your result.

Would you like to do this sort of poem again sometime? How might you “wiggle” it some, just to stir the pot?

Time for poems now!

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. Irene permalink*
    July 25, 2012 1:23 am

    Wrote two…

    out and open

  2. July 25, 2012 1:42 am

    I confess I like this prompt more than I thought I might… wanting some few words to tell a longer story (poem), so each word needed to be to the elemental nature of their meaning in relationship. (a mouthful just saying that!) An interesting way to consider language.

    Twelve words are

    Although that’s not the actual title…

    • July 27, 2012 12:56 pm

      Neil, I’ve tried twice to c omment (nice words!) on your own blog, and I’m WP, but it’s not taking… Anyway, your take is one of my faves, with the first and last words tying it all up in a bow: Heaven and Drink. That was what I got out of it, but others may see different things. You have composed a crystal of sorts here: Depending on mood and the reader’s general disposition, this poem may mean many things to many people. Bravo! Amy

      • July 27, 2012 10:40 pm

        Thank you Amy. And thanks for pushing past the comment problem. I got those two comments fixed (and sent you an email too).

        Do please please let me know if that comment problem happens again (here, or on my own blog).

        And about the poem, about language. I think it amazing sometimes that we understand each other at all (really). Mostly we “hear” the voice of another, yet filtered through our own life experience (not theirs), so meanings drift. Not “wrong”, but we just need to understand how that works, how we effectively change what we think they said (sometimes “not knowing” is a very enlightened ear). So yes, this poem, most poems, can be heard in many meanings (hard to avoid), but I did want the words to be more in front (more them than me if you get my drift). So this play of words also had measure for me beyond the obvious too – how much was I willing to simply listen (although still… my ears doing the listening!). Amusing, huh?

        Thanks Amy.

        • July 31, 2012 8:32 pm

          Ah, yes, hearing, listening, taking in, taking on… it truly is a tangled web we weave with words, no? Thanks! A

  3. Rinkly Rimes permalink
    July 25, 2012 1:49 am

    Not much plot I’m afraid!

  4. July 25, 2012 3:16 am

    I have given a name to my pain – it’s called a Hadron (explained in the first link- more examples in the second).

  5. July 25, 2012 4:14 am

    In Twelve Words
    And, NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ is presenting one news poem a month and should be encouraged.

    • July 25, 2012 12:41 pm

      No, but I could use half a slap! 😉

      • July 25, 2012 2:44 pm

        *Kersnuck* …went the whole punch
        OK, you’re ticket is good…you may board.

      • July 25, 2012 3:22 pm

        *Kersnuck* …went the whole punch
        OK, you’re ticket is good…you may board.
        I’m on vacation…I didn’t catch that slip of finger tip…
        ‘hole lotta bungling going on…but if one doesn’t laugh they’ll cry…
        I was thinking of a card I had gotten my hubby one year and their was a hole punch pictured on the card with holes punched out and on the inside it said…
        “I love you a ‘whole-punch’ or ‘hole-punch’ either way I thought it was ‘punny’.

    • July 28, 2012 9:01 pm

      I much appreciate your step outside the conventional with a poem that leaves me to wonder some (that’s virtue to me!) 🙂 (perhaps I’m twisted some, but so be it then… )

      I even like that you “made” a ticket. Haven’t seen that archaic style for many a year. But I like. All in all, thoughtful and playful both. I like.

      Sorry but Blogger won’t let me ID, so can’t comment there. ~neil

      • July 29, 2012 6:30 am

        Thanks Neil, I copy and pasted your comment – I’ve got a bit of catching up to do since I was away last week.

        I did have fun. Isn’t that the reason to write? Play?
        Thanks, Jules

  6. July 25, 2012 4:57 am

    Here I am up at dawn and finding such delight in so many “night owl” postings. I’m already behind but hope to catch up with replies. My twelve words came to light in one of those serendipitous moments …

    Dearest Fullmoon

  7. July 25, 2012 5:42 am

    I used an 11 word form so I count my one word title to make 12! 🙂

  8. July 25, 2012 6:03 am

    I gave mine a title. It came about because I wanted to learn how to make a slideshow on my site. This was fun.

  9. July 25, 2012 6:05 am

    My poem is adoration.

    • July 25, 2012 12:27 pm

      Nan… love your poem and memory and I love the way this prompt seems to be bringing out so many great responses …. twelve words can hold alot of magic it would appear!

  10. July 25, 2012 6:11 am

    I’ve written about rain/

  11. July 25, 2012 7:56 am

    Here goes something: Turkish Coffee

  12. July 25, 2012 8:26 am

    A dozen words from a rabbit. Happy to be out of my warren and writing again.

    • Irene permalink*
      July 25, 2012 5:00 pm

      Hop hop!

  13. July 25, 2012 8:38 am

    Here’s mine (my husband loves it, of course).

  14. July 25, 2012 8:58 am

    Here’s my offering:

  15. July 25, 2012 10:19 am

    Here are three. (I haven’t had a chance to post them yet.)

    Just a dozen words
    never more and never less.
    way too restrictive

    the long and the short of it—
    that’s our job today.

    A minimalism assignment,
    a dozen word confinement,
    leaves No room for refinement.

    • July 25, 2012 11:25 am

      Actually, I think it encourages refinement…

      • July 25, 2012 2:55 pm

        I agree: these are pure distilled Mad Kane.

        • magicalmysticalteacher permalink
          July 25, 2012 3:43 pm

          Anything distilled is fine with me! 🙂

    • Irene permalink*
      July 25, 2012 5:14 pm

      Minimalism carries its own beauty I believe.

    • July 26, 2012 2:16 pm

      That third one does it for me, for the word play, but I do think minimalism is the epitome of refinement!

      • Irene permalink*
        July 26, 2012 4:33 pm

        You’re quite right, Viv, I agree, but minimalism is only refined if tasteful.

        I constantly vacillate between minimalism and the baroque. The duality of woman I guess.

  16. July 25, 2012 11:19 am

    It’s a great prompt – I wrote a few but decided on this one:


  17. July 25, 2012 12:18 pm

    I love any challenge that requires brevity. Mine is at:

  18. Marjory M Thompson (MMT) permalink
    July 25, 2012 1:24 pm

    I’ll post here – ’cause I do not have a web or blog of my own. 🙂

    I reach out
    today or any day,
    or anytime
    to feel

    • July 25, 2012 2:58 pm

      We must, or face eternal isolation.

      • magicalmysticalteacher permalink
        July 25, 2012 3:42 pm

        Oh, I hope you were saying this with a smile, Viv! 🙂

        • July 25, 2012 4:57 pm

          I agree with Viv, reaching out is necessary for growth as well as enlightenment,


    • Irene permalink*
      July 25, 2012 5:22 pm

      What Viv said.

    • July 25, 2012 6:41 pm


    • July 25, 2012 10:43 pm

      Marjory, as a person with manic depression, I know that sometimes it’s hard to reach out and harder for me to feel. Yet that simple act of opening the door to the world does make a difference. Loved your poem, and hope you decide to start a blog! Peace, Amy

      • Marjory M Thompson permalink
        July 26, 2012 9:25 pm

        Thanks to each of you. The fact you commented is uplifting. Yes, depression is an on-going issue, luckly not manic. Working on a change of ‘cocktail’. Viv – Sometimes I just hope the Lord as a cloud off in a corner reserved for me. 🙂
        Amy, I might work on a blog after I figure out FB and Tweet!!! <:0 My grey brain matter is slowly getting new grooves.

        • July 27, 2012 12:52 pm

          How Marjory Got Her Groove Back. I can relate! (wink) See you soon on Facebook – Twitter will take care of itself, and truthfully, I don’t tweet much. Too much time I could be devoting to poetry, but my poems do “route” there. A.

        • Marjory M Thompson permalink
          July 28, 2012 9:44 pm

          Sure FB is fine. If you “Friend Me” I will friend back 🙂 My name is same in both places.

  19. unevenstevencu permalink
    July 25, 2012 2:02 pm

    Hi here is my link created four – really like a short challenge as well 🙂

  20. July 25, 2012 2:32 pm

    I was naughty enough to write three. Succinct is my current watchword!

  21. July 25, 2012 2:47 pm

    An epigram I wrote. In 12 words. And I have broken at least two rules which do not exist. Can you tell which?

    The poem:
    I see

    ▲ A ▲

  22. July 25, 2012 2:51 pm


  23. magicalmysticalteacher permalink
    July 25, 2012 3:41 pm

    Even writing haiku, it’s not always easy to use only 12 words, but I’ve managed to do so in these two pieces:

    Sacred Morning Song

    First Shoppers

  24. July 25, 2012 5:24 pm

    My two offerings:

  25. July 25, 2012 9:35 pm

    One for WWP and one limerick for Mad Kane!

    • Marjory M Thompson permalink
      July 28, 2012 10:00 pm

      Hi, did go to your blog and enjoyed both poems (sorry did not post there) maybe another time. 🙂

  26. July 26, 2012 1:38 am


    We post a poem prompt every Thursday, then give you a week to think and write. The following Wednesday come back for a second posting when-and-where you can leave a link to the poem you wrote (or the poem itself if you don’t have a blog).

    Comments to either post are welcome, but if you leave your poem link on the Thursday prompt post, other participants here aren’t expecting that, so your fine poem participation may get missed. Not “wrong” you see, but we’d like your poems to get seen!

    Happy writing. ~neil

  27. July 26, 2012 3:19 am

    A baker’s dozen including the title:

  28. July 28, 2012 3:36 pm

    “Aurora bravely braced
    before the gun;
    Amazing grace sung
    round the world.”

  29. July 30, 2012 8:23 am

    This is my first time here.

    I really enjoyed the prompt. Most of the stuff I write is really long. So, this was a good exercise in restrain. Thank you

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