Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it. This will work best if you just start with a line of poetry you remember, but without looking up the whole original poem. (Or, find a poem that you haven’t read before and then use a line that interests you).
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze,
Enticingly, glittering in the sun,
Flapping their vivid, beautiful wings,
Creating a world, colorful and bright.
All my sorrow fades away,
As I run around, chasing butterflies.
Strange, how my joy comes,
From what I inadvertently destroy.
Maybe, just maybe,
It’s not a bad world, after all.
I took the first line of my poem from ‘Daffodils‘ by William Wordsworth.
Prompt: Today’s prompt encourages us to write a kennings poem. A Kenning is a two word phrase describing an object often using a metaphor. A Kennings poem is a riddle made up of several lines of kennings to describe something or someone. For example, you might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc.
Today’s prompt is for us to write a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese. The san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d.
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