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Prompt #131 Unexpectedly, love

November 8, 2012


Unexpectedly, love

(not your usual love poem)

We Write Poems:
Write a personal love poem.  Is that easy, or perhaps not?

How does love sustain you?  What are the sources of love in your life?  When have you felt kin with love, and when not?  How intimate is your relationship with love?  What is the geometry of love within your experience?  No, those are not “directives” about what to write, but just a random few possibilities how you might address this prompt.  Please, be free to answer this question in any manner as you might find to do.

Here’s the single (for real) constraint for your poem – say what you say, but without using that one word – “love” itself.  (No fair using a word to be self-defining or describing.)  Shouldn’t we get the sense from your poem without painting a big word, L O V E, into it?

Try to avoid the obvious and cliche.  No moon in June, no pretty fields of flowers, no kittens or puppy dogs, no baby kissing, please.  Get the drift?

What can you tell us about love that maybe we don’t know?  Challenge enough?

Come back to leave a link to your poem next Wednesday when you see our second follow-up post called, It’s Post Your Poems Day!  If you have questions about We Write Poems and our prompt-and-poem process, or if you are new here at WWP, please read our about page.


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