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Celebrate Your Independence…with a Poem

Today America celebrates its declared independence from Britain. For today’s prompt, write about achieving your own independence. Perhaps this means independence from parents at the age of majority, or maybe it means gaining independence from a spouse through divorce. Independence can also be a a state of mind, so perhaps your independence has to do with thinking, and making choices independently.

To serve as inspiration for your poem, here is A.A. Milne’s poem of the same name:

Independence

I never did, I never did,
I never did like “Now take care, dear!”
I never did, I never did,
I never did want “Hold-my-hand”;
I never did, I never did,
I never did think much of “Not up there, dear!”
It’s no good saying it.
They don’t understand.

Good luck in your writing, and have a happy, and safe, Independence Day.

Summer Solstice Calls for a Poem

Jemez

This past Wednesday, June 21st, was the longest day of 2011. Not literally, of course, for June 21st did not contain any more than the usual twenty-four hours allotted to that segment of time referred to as “day.” And yet, because more of those hours occurred while the sun was “up” than any other day of the year, we in the western hemisphere label it the “longest day.” Australianson the other hand, recognize it as the shortest.

For today’s prompt, consider what conditions warrant the superlative label of “longest” and juxtapose it with the concept that shortest exists simultaneously with longest. For example, sometimes time drags and brief minutes seem to go on for days as seconds stretch into hours. Recall a moment in your life which seemed to last forever – perhaps due to agony, impatience or bliss. Maybe your memory is of the longest car ride, longest parental lecture, longest wait, longest kiss…or the longest 10 seconds of your life. Maybe it is of the longest poem.

Let the image act as inspiration to craft a poem and share it in the comments section below.

Most of all, have fun!

Celebrate Children’s Day with a Poem

Children’s Day was observed by South Koreans earlier this week, so for this week’s poetry prompt, consider the following poem by Eugene Field:

Little Boy Blue

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
            But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
            And his musket moulds in his hands,
Time was when the little toy dog was new
            And the soldier was passing fair,
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
            Kissed them and put them there.

“Now, don’t you go till I come,” he said,
            “And don’t you make any noise!”
So toddling off to his trundle-bed
            He dreamt of the pretty toys.
And as he was dreaming, an angel song
            Awakened our Little Boy Blue, —
Oh, the years are many, the years are long,
            But the little toy friends are true.

 Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
            Each in the same old place,
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
            The smile of a little face.

 And they wonder, as waiting these long years through,
            In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue
            Since he kissed them and put them there.

Use Field’s “Little Boy Blue” to inspire a poem suitable for a child, perhaps one you know personally (as Field did).