Prompt-a-Month: Windows

Writers in the Grove Prompt-a-Month badge.The May prompt-a-month for our Writers in the Grove members is:

What do you see out the window you look out of most often?

Writers in the Grove members may hand in their submissions during the workshops or use our members only submission form. Check out the guidelines and instructions for submissions in the announcement.

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PROMPT FOR THE WEEK: WRITE A POEM

Try writing a poem if you’ve never written one. It can be daunting to try to write a poem if it’s something you’ve never tried.

The following lines are from the poem “Poetry”, by Pablo Neruda (included in the book “Saved By A Poem”, by Kim Rosen).

…and I wrote the first faint line,

faint, without substance, pure

nonsense,

pure wisdom

of someone who knows nothing, ….

 

Someone in the group suggested, “You start by starting.”

Just put something on paper and see if a poem can grow from it.

PROMPT: ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT…”

The prompt for this week’s meeting comes from a passage in the book “Saved By A Poem”, by Kim Rosen.

She describes talks she had with her 98-year-old grandmother, who was dying:

Sometimes we’d sing together:

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream.

Until I sang this song with my 98-year-old grandmother, her body pumping as if paddling toward  the veil between the worlds, I’d never heard its wisdom. “It’s true, isn’t it, Nana?” I would ask her. “Life is the dream. Where you’re going , maybe that’s the reality.” She didn’t answer, but I felt her press her cheek into my hand as we began the song again.

 

Write from any inspiration you take from the passage above.

PROMPT FOR THE WEEK: THE POEM “THREE THINGS TO REMEMBER” BY MARY OLIVER

We are experimenting with giving a prompt for the week so members can have more time to work on it and then bring their writing to the group meeting the following Monday.

The prompt for this week is a poem by Mary Oliver from her book of poems titled, A Thousand Mornings.

Three Things To Remember

As long as you’re dancing,

you can break the rules.

Some times breaking the rules is just

extending the rules.

Sometimes there are no rules.

by Mary Oliver

Take any inspiration you find in the poem and write in whatever direction you wish to take it.

PROMPT FOR THE WEEK: THE POEM “ON TRAVELING TO BEAUTIFUL PLACES” BY MARY OLIVER

We are experimenting with giving a prompt for the week so members can have more time to work on it and then bring their writing to the group meeting the following Monday.

The prompt for this week is a poem by Mary Oliver from her book of poems titled, A Thousand Mornings.

On Traveling To Beautiful Places

Every day I’m still looking for God
and I’m still finding him everywhere,
in the dust, in the flowerbeds.
Certainly in the oceans,
in the islands that lay in the distance
continents of ice, countries of sand
each with its own set of creatures
and God, by whatever name.
How perfect to be aboard a ship with
maybe a hundred years still in my pocket.
But it’s late, for all of us,
and in truth the only ship there is
is the ship we are all on
burning the world as we go.

by Mary Oliver

Take any inspiration you find in the poem and write in whatever direction you wish to take it.