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Prompt #138 It’s Post Your Poems Day!

January 16, 2013


The memoir project

We Write Poems:
Write a poem about how the past is reinvented through memory, through writing. Granted, observation of that inward landscape is something akin to the fox guarding the hen house. How do you notice when history becomes story, becomes illuminated by embellishment or simple editing? Is simple honest “observation” so simple a task as we might think? Attentiveness? Practice? How much are we willing not to be the “heros” of our personal narratives? How much do we prefer our images to our reality? Plenty of fertile ground here to consider and investigate.

Hope a few windows got nudged more open for you.

Time now to share your poems and experience with us. And with our appreciation for your playing along. Remember please, there’s never one right poem in response to a prompt – just like real life! Your words are welcome here.


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. January 16, 2013 12:25 am

    I don’t know if I have interpreted the prompt correctly.

  2. January 16, 2013 12:51 am

    This one stumped me a bit, but it finally came together.


  3. January 16, 2013 12:52 am

    I am with Viv but offering all the same.

  4. January 16, 2013 4:15 am

    You know you’re a poem addict when the first thing you do coming home is to post your poem instead of checking your work email. 🙂 So glad to see everyone, I’ll get to reading sooner or later.

    you feel it as a calling of those infinite stars

  5. January 16, 2013 4:50 am

    Cheating a bit. Using the same poem I posted for this weeks Daily Post Poetry Challenge.

  6. January 16, 2013 5:12 am

    My poem “Forty Years is not too long a time…” can be found at

  7. January 16, 2013 5:46 am

    I’m still playing with the concept, but I do have something

  8. January 16, 2013 5:48 am

    This poem was not about my own memories…I wonder what Rizana Nafeek might write about her own?


  9. January 16, 2013 5:56 am

    This prompt made me realize how often I edit the past. 🙂

  10. January 16, 2013 6:07 am

    I suppose this is more of an anti-memoir, about effacing the artifacts of the past, but better than nothing: David

  11. January 16, 2013 6:10 am

    Waiting until the last minute this time (perhaps again)…I chose to write for someone else…

  12. January 16, 2013 6:54 pm
    I love this focus – it is so important. This poem I’ve put on my blog is from a few years ago but I think it works well.

  13. January 16, 2013 8:16 pm

    This was an interesting project…I have worked on memoirs for a while…
    and realize editing this poem I wrote a few years ago, that I can see “mother” things
    that as a child were annoying, but actually for learning how to do certain things correctly
    not because she was “weird”☺…memoir-project/

  14. January 16, 2013 10:17 pm

    i hope this qualifies ~

  15. January 17, 2013 12:37 pm

    here is mine MEMORIES.html

  16. January 23, 2013 9:17 pm

    I hope this works…last time I had a complaint that it didn’t work…If it doesn’t I don’t know how to fix it…I’m sorry for any trouble it may cause. It is the second poem down til sometime later today January 24.…ent-unexpected/

    • January 23, 2013 9:19 pm

      I didn’t get right to the poem, but put “unexpected” in the search box and it came right up as the first post.
      sorry for the inconvenience.

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