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Prompt #116 Unexpected descriptions

July 26, 2012


Unexpected descriptions

a community poem prompt

We Write Poems:

This week’s prompt is about observing and considering probably common things that you might see any day.  As you go about your day, select some moment, some place where you are – then as Joseph Harker suggests – pick the first object that you see and write about it in a completely unexpected way.  That’s it, no more, no less.

Joseph happened to affix his attention on some honey he saw for sale.  You can read the poem he wrote to this prompt idea here, Honeycomb, in a Plastic Case.

No other poem directions than that.  If you’re still feeling refreshed about writing with fewer words – well, you’re free of course to employ that format onto the poem you write.  Or invent something new to go along with your new “description”.  Remember any poem prompt is only and always simply a beginning point.

Thanks again to Joseph Harker for this prompt idea.

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. Irene permalink*
    July 28, 2012 2:18 am

    This is a tricky one. Not the object. The unexpected bit. *pout*

  2. Irene permalink*
    July 30, 2012 4:20 pm

    Found my object, hope you’re looking.

  3. July 30, 2012 5:03 pm

    Unexpectedly found mine, does that count?

  4. August 1, 2012 5:51 am


    Pulled from my drawer of dish-towels
    An unopened packet of lettuce seeds
    The envelope crumpled
    The picture still bright
    A nest of curly green leaves

    In winter, so tempting
    But now it is summer
    Hot, dry and dusty
    The packet will go
    With other stuff for the garden
    Those crisp green leaves
    Must wait til next year.

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