From We Write Poems: Prompt #54 Take the driver’s seat!
First consider what prompt would be an interesting and challenging prompt for you, including then what you think would be good for the group. Then 1) write a brief paragraph describing the poem prompt itself, and 2) go ahead and write your own poem to that prompt.
After some thought, I decided on the following. I want to write a poem (and read others’ who take this challenge) filled with scent. A fellow writer/blogger/friend has told me that she loves anything that can incorporate scent. It is one of the most under-used senses in writing. Those words have stayed with me, challenged me, on a daily basis. Now I’ll pass the baton to other writers.
Choose a concept, anything except sex (too easy and too common). Ideas? Ok, how about one of these: death, marriage, childhood, friendship, mother/motherhood, father/fatherhood, loss, grief, joy, harmony, faith, beauty, regret, temptation, darkness, light, hate, sorrow, complication, or something else along those lines. Now the challenge: write a poem (form is your choice) that builds scent into your chosen concept. Scent doesn’t necessarily have to be the focus. It should definitely have an influence in the poem. The imagery and language should invoke smells, both remembered and imagined, in your reader, and of course yourself.
There’s the challenge. Here is my humble effort.
Here is one I like even better.