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Prompt #117, It’s Post Your Poems Day!

August 8, 2012


What words mean…

We Write Poems:  

How can the meaning of one word change, either directly or implied, based upon context?  Such was the challenge we asked you to address in your poem this week.

Write a poem that begins and ends with a single one word line, the same at both beginning and end, and allowing the body of the poem to create a shift in contextual meaning, first to last use of that word.  Was this an easy or challenging poem for you?  Where did you begin – with that single word, or with the poem idea, then finding a word that expressed itself differently due to the meaning of the poem as a whole?  Everything else about the poem, length and content, was otherwise left up to you.

We hope it made you consider the flexibility of our shared language, and that you had some fun.  Time now to share your poems!
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. August 8, 2012 12:21 am

    With more attention to punctuation and form, I’m giving serious consideration to entering mine in the Bulwer Lytton writing contest for 2013. I think it must, at least, be worthy of honorable mention.

    And, no… I’m not a writer of Romance novels. Not yet anyway!

    But, there’s nothing like a bit of Chatoyancy to bedazzle any ‘Jules.’

  2. August 8, 2012 12:33 am

    The prompt reminded me of a certain syllabic form, so used it. This was not an easy prompt and I’m still not sure I actually did it justice. Either way, it was fun,


  3. August 8, 2012 12:43 am

    I tried a shape poem, as the prompt seemed to call for it. Not sure that I fulfilled all the prompt criteria!

  4. August 8, 2012 12:52 am

    Great prompt I thought. As writers playing with the meanings of words, it makes us focus on how language plays itself.

    between shades of gray

  5. August 8, 2012 1:25 am

    Hey, is it amusing when you don’t wanna write a poem, even when the prompt is your own? So here’s one result when you say to yourself, “oh yes you will”. And no extra charge for the Italian, but don’t ask me why.


  6. August 8, 2012 1:31 am

    Hope you don’t mind that I’m posting today, 07/08 rather than tomorrow 08/08, but I’m away tomorrow. Here is the link to my poem:

    **Hi Polly!** Very considerate of you, with this situation, being away… so we’ve copied your earlier link over to here, the usual place. Thanks for the participation! Regards, neil

    (And sorry about the beard! Editing don’t seem to let me change the gravitar image.) 🙂

  7. August 8, 2012 2:33 am

    We seem to live for the prompt. So I let the prompt be prominent!

    • August 8, 2012 2:39 am

      Make the above to read Walt Wojtanik – Poetic Bloomings is a Poetry project I co-administrate. I must not have logged out. 🙂

  8. August 8, 2012 3:34 am

    Hello – I’m new to this page and this is my first contribution… I will be back later to read how others have worked with the prompt. 🙂

  9. August 8, 2012 3:35 am

    This is my first time entering this poetry prompt site with a piece of mine. I enjoyed the prompt though it was indeed a challenge. My link is here: Thanks for the prompts and for sharing the work of others.

  10. August 8, 2012 4:23 am

    For you beauty I was ensnared by “Thy prickly canes” .

  11. August 8, 2012 4:30 am

    I shall have to be back later in the day to read as it will be mostly filled with grandmotherly duties. I always have fun with these prompts. Well most of them anyway. I also thought the prompt lent well to the form I used. It started small and then
    continued rolling… with a few adjustments I think I made it work. Enjoy.

    For those wanting to know more about the ‘Elfje’ my friend has a devoted site with instructions here:
    As you can see I don’t always follow directions or perhaps one could politely say, I stretch the limitations…

  12. August 8, 2012 4:34 am

    Forgive me if this is a repeat as I posted and then it disappeared.
    So I’ll just post the link for now and if the other one shows up you can delete this one:

  13. August 8, 2012 4:36 am

    Here is my poem: dig

  14. August 8, 2012 5:45 am

    With this prompt I wondered: where do I “Begin”?


  15. August 8, 2012 8:00 am

    here’s my poem! from the person who sometimes writes poems . Right! Rick? 🙂

  16. August 8, 2012 9:31 am

    Here’s mine:
    Now I’m off to read everyone else’s!

  17. Christina Z permalink
    August 8, 2012 9:46 am

    Here is mine as first time poster.


    empty cans and bottles
    as an effort to make space.

    Each stomps
    squashes a memory,
    of this unrequited love,

    • August 8, 2012 7:36 pm

      Interesting and unexpected shift, Christina, to a love crush.

    • August 10, 2012 12:28 am

      Ditto what Irene said. I like “unexpected” in poems. A lot. And “making space”, as it carries itself through – very interesting notion here!

      Thanks and welcome to WWP.


  18. August 8, 2012 11:17 am

    I actually wrote three poems but the second two were more brainstorming than anything really worthwhile as poetry. This is the first one and the best of the 3:

  19. August 8, 2012 8:49 pm

    Loved this prompt – thank you!

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