Seven Minute Poetry Challenge

Five hundred and forty three days ago, my friend Kelly and I challenged each other to write a poem every day. 543 days!!! We promised each other we would spend at least seven minutes each day and have gone through two books of prompts.

Now we’re creating our own prompts. We’ll be posting samples of our prompts each week. We hope you might try them and post them to either Kelly’s or my blog.

The rules are simple:

                                              Read the prompt

                                   Set the timer for 7 minutes

                                         Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it. Write a poem, paragraph, or story. If the prompt moves you, follow it. If it sparks something else, go with it! Our 7-Minute Poetry Challenge is not about writing great poetry; or writing what is expected; it’s not even about writing anything good. It’s about one thing, writing IT!

Challenge #1    Ready for School!?

On the first day of school what things do you bring? A backpack? Pen? Paper? Maybe you’ll wear a new pair of jeans or sneakers.

Think about it: Not only will it be your first day of school, it will be that “things” first day of school, too.

How do you think those “things” feel about going to school for the first time? Write a “First Day of School” poem from the point of view of one of those things.

Note: It can be the first day of anything. Just tell the story from the point of view of one of the things you bring with you that first day.

For inspiration read: School’s First Day of School, written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Roaring Brook Press, 2016), the story of the first day of school as told by Fredrick Douglass Elementary—a brand new school building.

To see samples from this prompt (and a cute picture of my niece and nephew) visit Kelly’s blog: