Poetry Challenge #97


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.