Monday Morning Writing Prompt–Choose Words and See What Emerges

Christmas decorations. Rocking horses

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Here’s a fun and somewhat surprising challenge. Grab a hold of your dictionary and thumb through it. Choose between 10-30 words (verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs) that appeal to you, catch your fancy. Now, construct a poem using only those words. You may, however add the garnishments of articles, conjunctions etc. When you’ve finished, see if you’re not astonished to find a loosely-structured theme. It will probably be one of your more obscure poems but wait and see. Your subconscious may be hard at work in your word choices. I’ve done this a few times and it’s a great way of breaking out of a block, even if it doesn’t turn out to be one of your best poems. Here’s mine:


Crimson sucklings thirst
for silken flesh.

Doves arc into the sky
unfolding hues
that dangle quiet flames.

Anoint her body,
dormant like a
wooden rocking horse,
alone in liquid,
aching for shelter.

Erase the anguish
of crowning.

Balance loss.

I’m feeling a bit dull myself today so I think I’ll work on another one. If you do this and post it, I would love for you to send me the link in comments.

6 thoughts on “Monday Morning Writing Prompt–Choose Words and See What Emerges

  1. Bodhirose says:

    I’ve tried another one, Victoria. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s interesting what shows up when you choose the words beforehand!


  2. ladynimue says:

    I will attempt it sure .. this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. trisha says:

    this must be really, really tough victoria; yours is splendid, i loved the vague pictures it created in mind.


  4. This is brilliant, Victoria. What fun! I may very well try it. Perfect exercise for the rainy day we have here today. The result is quite amazing.

    Poem on …


  5. Bodhirose says:

    I had to try, Victoria. There’s a note for you attached to my poem. I think I made it harder on myself because I decided to just open the dictionary to each letter and whatever page it opened to, I looked for my word on those pages. Just for fun! What was I thinking?

    Your poem is very powerful.


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