Poetry Challenge #68

For Old Time’s Sake

Did you sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve?  The words for the song were written in 1788 by Robert Burns. “Auld Lang Syne” literally means “old long since,” and is commonly translated as “days gone by” or “old time’s sake.” The song is basically a call to share “a cup o’ kindness.” The “kindness” in Burns’ cup is believed to be firewater, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Let’s begin this spanking new year by sharing a cup of kindness in the form of a poem. Think back over the past year and recall a kindness someone gave to you. What was that kindness? How did it make you feel to receive it? With that in mind, fill a cup with a kindness of your own. To whom will you pass it?

Title your poem “Cup of Kindness”.

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 990 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.