Tag: writing exercise

2-in-1: a Christmas poem for all the December babies

cat sitting by the fire, purring Elvis sings blue Christmas to the grinding of wind up toys smells of food, fire, and pine needles treasured ornaments twirl gently like girls with new skirts box for me with striped foil paper tag reads ‘merry christmas’;…

You lost your pen (The Pen Saga)

For the uninitiated, this is a continuation from a couple prompts in March 2018’s #WritingBored hashtag game on Twitter. You race to the docks, knowing each minute without your pen is valuable words unwritten. Your story is dissolving before your eyes, as surely as…

You Could Write Anything

Go on. Try it. Maybe start with a word. The most lovely word. Your favourite, in fact. Describe its colours. Describe its sound. Tell us about the music it forms in your mind. Set that paragraph into a context. A scene. A moment. A…

Daily Prompt: Captivating

cages. collars. manacles. chains. camps. iron shackles. cops. cordons. ID laws. courts. congress. silence falls. curfews. contained. building walls. comfort. complicit. captivating animals. via Daily Prompt: Captivating

Daily Prompt: Typical – Tie Pie Cal

Tie Pie Cal lives in a small town But her bakery’s known for miles around No one’s more nimble with pastry dough No one’s cream peaks just so But the number one thing for which she’s known Is the eponymous Tie Pie, which makes…

The Day That Didn’t Exist

wedding poem the day that didn't exist ghost story

I drift aimless through the empty pews Didn’t anyone hear the news? What’s a bride with no groom? Where’re the happy faces to fill the room? No bouquets, no sashes, not even petals When I think back, that familiar fog settles Is the date…

Daily Prompt: Encrusted – The Northwest Passage

The wind howls, but the sails are still Stiffened in the inescapable chill Rigging once full of avian cries Now just cloth encrusted with ice Creaking wood moans low under the wind Trapped and left with nothing to defend In the bowels, straps and…

Daily Prompt: Suspicious

Can I borrow your phone? Why not? What’s going on? Is that a new cologne? C’mon, throw me a bone I love you, I don’t want to lose this Wake me each morning with a kiss Tell me I’m the only one you miss…

Daily Prompt: Lecture

Make sure you use the appropriate pencil Don’t draw freeform, use this stencil Armed police keep you safer than a fence will Dress for Jesus, and don’t be sinful We don’t want you led astray, we’ll blur out those pixels That’s a fire hazard,…

Oversimplified: The Trouble With Not Being Troubled

I wouldn’t think it necessary, but just to be safe: This poem doesn’t condone what it says. It’s a mockery of the simplistic arguments people with unacknowledged privilege use to sweep aside real condemnations of a system that is not broken, but working exactly…

Be Wilder: an advice poem

Be wilder: Baby girl please don’t age; you’re so pretty Be wilder: Pretend you’re a ballerina Be wilder: But be nicer to Tina Be wilder: One day you’ll travel the planet Be wilder: Make a wish; the candles are lit Be wilder: But don’t…

Daily Prompt: Cavity

cavity social poem

cavity like the one in your chest just because they said you were resisting arrest cavity like the ones in your teeth leading to extraction cause you can’t afford to treat cavity like the ones that get searched by the ones that never put…