Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 - Prompt #426: Getting Your Exercise
“Exercise In Poetic Thought” appeared in April of 2019. The idea was (and remains) to be a springboard into a poetic nudge. I will offer ten random words. Your chore is to write ten random lines each featuring one of the words. We’re not writing poetry per se, We are just developing lines with poetic potential. They should not be related in any way. In the next few weeks, we will put these lines to use.
Here are examples we originally used. Say three of the words are fear, green and Wednesday. You might write:
She never lets fear persuade her decisions.
2. The grass in the meadow is finding its usual green hue.
3. Come Wednesday, he should know his fate.
All are disassociated thoughts with poetic potential. That’s all we’re doing today.
Words for your consideration are:
compete, tough, imposter, strange, scandal,
yearn, knife, discipline, exception, constellation
1. She refused to compete.
2. He wore his stubbornness like tough leather.
3. Too late, it was discovered the doctor was an imposter.
4. What a strange life it has been.
5. Scandal of the mogul and the model hit the tabloids.
6. I yearn to know what my life would have been like
if I had chosen a different path.
7. Upon searching the kitchen, the detectives discovered
that a large knife was missing.
8. Discipline is not in a dog's vocabulary.
9. An exception was made for the son of a wealthy
10. A constellation of angry parents descended on the principal.
I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York.
My goal is to create and share poetry with others
who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve
in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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Thanks so much!