Poetry Challenge #100

One Hundred Reasons Why . . .

Today marks the 100th 7-Minute Poetry Challenge! A 100-hand round of applause to those of you who’ve tried any—all—of the prompts. (All the prompts are posted & waiting if you’d like to give them a go or take a look back.)

If ours were a kindergarten class, we would each have brought a hundred of one ingredient: toothpicks, cotton balls, acorns, M&Ms … and mixed them all up into some marvelous creation—trail mix or a wreath, a Fruit Loop necklace. As our focus is poetry, let’s do it with words.

Using one of the following prompts, write a poem. If you really want to celebrate, create a 100 Word Poem!

100 Reasons Why I Love ————-
100 Things I Want to Do Before I Grow up——-
If I were making a 100 Memory Necklace it would include—

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1200 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #99

Berries!

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It’s berry season! The Kingston Trio sang a song called “Raspberries, Strawberries” that you can watch here:

Which kind of berries are your favorite? I love blueberries and strawberries—especially in a strawberry rhubarb pie. I love walking through wild strawberries and smelling the sweet smell underfoot. And scratches are worthwhile for raspberries warmed by the sun.

Write a poem about berries—any kind, any form. I bet it will be sweet!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1200 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #98

Beach Time

Summer is in full swing! For some this means hiding in the AC, for others it means bugs or vacation, and for still others it means hot Hot HOT! When it’s just “Too Darn Hot” there’s one surefire way I know to beat the heat: Head to the Beach.

Beach time is way more than just a thing to do. It’s a mindset. And best of all, it’s way COOL! So let’s get beachy! Begin by listing whatever comes to mind when you think of the beach. Here are a few things to get you thinking:

Frothy surf, bikinis, surfboards, sand, shells, waves, orange sherbet sunsets, coconut and cocoa butter, Frankie Avalon aka Moon Doggie . . .

Now you try. If “sand in your pants” is what Beach Time means to you, go with it. Create a poem using as many of those beachy words as you can. Here’s a little theme music to get you in a beachy mood: Da-na-nah-na-nah-nah-na…WiPE OUT!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #97

Cousins

Cousins appear in lots of books. In some versions of City Mouse/Country Mouse, the mice are cousins.

In The Secret Garden, young Mary Lennox meets her cousin Colin. The Secret Garden (HarperClassics)

In Eight Cousins, orphaned Rose Campbell goes to live with her uncle—and seven boy cousins.

Eight Cousins (Puffin Classics)

Do you have cousins? Are they older or younger? Do they live nearby or far away? When is the last time you saw them? How are they like you? How are they different?

Write a poem about your cousins—all of them or just a few. Tell a story about something you’ve done together or something you wish you could do.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #96

National Hot Dog Day!

Concrete poems are words arranged in a shape to give extra meaning to the subject of the poem. Maybe the words form the branches of a tree or letters drip down the page to show rain. Sometimes there’s a surprise hidden in repeated words like the marshmallow in the concrete poem below.
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Since today is National Hot Dog Day, let’s write a concrete poem about hot dogs or other vendor food. You could draw a hot dog with words or you could draw a hot dog and use words to dress up your hot dog. Do you like ketchup? Mustard? Onions? Sweet relish? Marshmallows?
Have fun!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #95

Cuckoo for Coconuts!!

Hooray! Hooray! It’s National Pina Colada Day!                                   pina colada.jpg

So, whether you do or do not like getting caught in the rain . . .

Whether you are or are not into health foods or champagne . . .

Regardless of your opinion about waking up at midnight—

Let’s put the lime in the coconut and bust out in poetry! Pul-lee-e-e-e-sa!* PLEEESE!

Thinking coconuts, tropical islands, pineapples ripe for the plucking, and cuckoo birds write a poem. And yes, because the notion that there even is a National Pina Colada Day is slightly cuckoo, use as many words as you can think of which include the letters C and O in that order. If you really want to cut loose, try including a bird call or two!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #94

Fireworks!!!

Freak the Mighty

In the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, Max and Freak attend the Fourth of July celebration and Max is amazed at what Freak knows.

This is from page 32-33 in the book:

“Magnesium!” (Freak) shouts as the white sparkles glitter down over the pond. “Potassium chlorate!” as the shells go womp-womp-womp and everybody goes oooooh. “Potassium nitrate! Sulphur! Aluminum!” And after a burst of hot red fire in the sky, Freak tugs my hair and screams, “Copper! That’s copper powder combusting with oxygen!”

Try writing a poem that includes fireworks—either your description of them or their chemical names. Let your words burst on the page!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #93

Pretty in Pink

Close your eyes and repeat after me ten times: Pink Pink Pink Pink Pink Pink Pink Pink Pink Pink

What images came to mind?

Did you imagine cotton candy clouds?

Flamingos?

Or maybe a Florida Belle . . .                                    Cotton candy.jpg

Or maybe a Florida Belle . . .Ballerinas?. . . A Pop Star?

with sprinkles!!

with sprinkles!!

Use your Pink images to write today’s poem.

You might begin by listing everything that comes to mind related to Pink. Reorganize and embellish them to create a list poem.

Or, write a PINK acrostic poem, with each line beginning with a letter in the word PINK.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #92

Who’s Sorry Now?

Each of us is sorry for or about something. (If you’re not, then lucky you!)

Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones drew on this uniquely human need* to apologize in a song about two neighbors who are great friends until they tear down a wall in the longest running Off-Broadway/sometimes on Broadway musicals of all times The Fantastiks.

My All-Time Favorite Musical—if you’ve never seen it, you should be sorry.

Here’s a snippet:

“This Plum is too Ripe!”

“Sorry.”

“You’re standing in MY Rose Garden!”

“Sorry.”

And now, with no further apologies, on to our prompt:

For this prompt, list things you are sorry for. (Your list can be as long or as short as need be.) Select one or several items that are related from that list and write a poem about it/them. Finish the poem with a positive spin by suggesting ways you can, or might apologize, or how you might do better next time.

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Song for Inspiration: Who’s Sorry Now as sung by Miss Patsy Cline—Of course!

* “Uniquely” in that I don’t imagine whale apologize for combing up krill, or cheetah apologizing for mowing down gazelle, but maybe they do . . . if so: Sorry!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

Poetry Challenge #91

Words, Words, Words

Do you have favorite words? If you do, pause right now and jot them down.

I love to collect words I hear or read that are unfamiliar or that have an interesting sound. I try to remember to write them down to use another day. As you go through your day, pay attention to words that you like the sound or meaning of. Write them down! Save them!

A few I like are: Lilliputian, grommet, butterfly, whimsical, and gumption.

Think of five of your favorite words and write a poem using them. If you can’t think of words, open to a random page in the dictionary and find a word you like. You can use some of my favorite words from above if you like.

Keep collecting words to use another day!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.