In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

National Poetry Month: April 12, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day 12 Prompt: It comes to us from Dr. Cynthia A. Cochran of Illinois College:
Here is a great prompt for anyone who likes to write descriptive prose but shudders at writing poetry–and it really works:
Describe in great detail your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. You can do this in paragraph form.  Now cut unnecessary words like articles and determiners (a, the, that) and anything that isn’t really necessary for content; leave mainly nouns, verbs, a few adjectives.

Cut the lines where you see fit and, VOILA! A poem!

Utica Street

white clapboard house
green shutters
upstairs downstairs kind
fence gate overlooked alley
backyard bursting
apple tree purple Concord grapes
garden patch tomatoes
green beans corn
humid air laden
wasps bees hovering
fruit sticky split by summer rain

cherry tree my cherry tree
so old most grew
far from reach bird nibbled
pink spring blossoms
then sweet tartness
rosy hearts picked sun warm

over chain link fence
rows of other yards
rows of houses marching
front porches shaded
by white-blossomed bridal bush
swing sets squatted
in patchy grass rough-mown
dogs barked we romped
slid down slides
legs pumping
we flew through air


  1. this is such a great prompt! it made me realize that one of the things I do when I write poems is include too many "the" and "that" and "a" words. I mean, somethings they are OK, but reading this poem, I realized how gorgeously unnecessary they can be. thanks for the tip, Lisa!