There’s nothing holding me here No tangible ties No reason to stay But that look in your eyes Want to feel the brush of your skin Your hand in mine Your tentative kiss Intoxicating like wine There’s nothing holding me here No reason to stay But that look in your eyes And it’s driving me insane Photo by Ezra Jeffrey on UnsplashRead More →

I can feel it building up inside So hard to define but I recognise That looming blooming sense of doom Waiting for that… Tick… Tick… Boom!!! Will my world explode Will I survive Still be the one you Recognise Or will I fade In memories flame Loved once But never again   Photo by Greg Hill on UnsplashRead More →

magic glistens on your skin a secret glow that lives within you see in patterns, I chase the lines we fall apart, ignore the signs you conjure fire with a thought my elemental juggernaut earth and air and water too is there anything that you can’t do? Photo by Riccardo Mion on Unsplash  Read More →

Warning! Slightly snarky writer ahead Prone to understatement And occasional bad poetry Moderately skilled at story telling Or so she says Can be slightly obsessive And obsesses slightly (refer to point 2) Fuelled by coffee Approach with chocolate And an appropriate amount of scepticism Today, we challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a warning label . . . for yourself! Photo by specphotops on UnsplashRead More →

Shine on, diamond Make our home in velvet skies We’re not meant for wordly eyes Spark up, feel love Every night when we’re alone You know I like to hear you moan Go slow, no no You know that’s not our pace We’re always trying to win the race I know you like it just like me You know that love can set us free I die every night with you Making shades of red and blue So let’s start running to love So let’s start running to us Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem,Read More →

stars shine out of line astral drift spacial rift realign redefine constellation slow migration tides shift cosmic grift water freeze spring breeze Polaris rise in southern skies ignite the night celestial light And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, I’d like you to take one of the following statements of something impossible, and then write a poem in which the impossible thing happens: The sun can’t rise in the west. A circle can’t have corners. Pigs can’t fly. The clock can’tRead More →

Here he comes They whisper whisper See his eyes Indigo dreams They stare stare Hold him hold him Almost there So hungry hungry They feed feed He whispers I love you And they spin spin Tears fall Ripples in the reflection They wail and beg More more He whispers I miss you And they tumble Drunken revelers Drinking pure emotion He whispers I’m sorry They shine shine And he sees For a moment The loved one And now for our (optional) prompt. In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle herRead More →

Let’s have a rebellion someone said We wont paint the roses red So the Queen will have our heads Hoorah we’ll wake up dead No more confirming to her ways No more caring what she says We can while away our days Paint them pinks and blues and greys You know she wont suspect a thing You know she’ll probably blame the King Remove his head with just one swing That has such a lovely ring The Queen will be all alone Sitting on her gaudy throne No one to hear her moan Finally reaping what she’s sown Our prompt for the day (optional asRead More →

I’m not the one you turn to When the skies are rolling grey When fear shakes your heart I can’t take it all away I’m not the one you want Wont ever be the one you need I’m just that friend that you can count on And you’ll never see me bleed Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on UnsplashRead More →

my thoughts collide I can’t decide can’t hear your voice can’t make a choice I am f a l l i n g I’m disengaged my heart’s enraged can’t feel your touch don’t care too much I am f r o z e n I’m reaching out I’m starting to doubt it’s all too late don’t believe in fate I am g o n eRead More →

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things: Teacup Dreams of teacups are Symbolic of lost lovers An empty heart waits Hammer A symbol of hopeRead More →

I met a demon once he was a devil in disguise I really should have known by the fire in his eyes He took my hand you understand the epitome of charm with a wicked kiss and a granted wish he silenced my alarm too late I recognised the trouble I was in as we sealed our deal it seemed unreal but I could feel a change within they say it’s better the devil you know but it’s better the devil you don’t he doesn’t know the things you’ve done what you will and what you wont take a lesson from my story when aRead More →

the lights are shining in your eyes I can’t see just where you look could be you’re staring right at me as I hide behind this book wish I knew what you were thinking wish I could read what’s on your mind are you thinking how friends and lovers are never easy to find your lips are moving and you’re smiling your hand is reaching out for who the air disrupts as someone passes they’ve got a smile just for you the lights are shining in my eyes that’s why there’s tears in them too or maybe this book is really sad guess I shouldRead More →

Dear future self… Did you miss the memo? I thought we had agreed There was a better path Ahead for you and me We planned those monthly meetings To chart all our progress I guess we missed a couple On purpose I confess Truth is I love us both But I love chocolate a little more I know I said I’d exercise But it’s such a boring chore Let’s make a note for next time To set a more realistic goal Instead of eating Camembert We’ll try chicken soup for the soul   …a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our)Read More →

minute to minute hour to hour rain is falling steak is sizzling in the distance a siren a radio someone somewhere is dancing someone somewhere is singing me I am waiting minute to minute hour to hour day to day week to week counting down week to week day to day hour to hour minute to minute in the distance footsteps   Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity – in which multiple things are happening at once.    Read More →

magic dust shimmers an incantation for love beneath new moonlight …write poems in which mysterious and magical things occur. Your poem could take the form of a spell, for example, or simply describe an event that can’t be understood literally. Feel free to incorporate crystal balls, fauns, lightning storms, or whatever seems fierce and free and strange. Photo by Mervyn Chan on UnsplashRead More →

Time passes In increments of You Days Since We met Hours We are Apart Each throb (Of) My heart Beating Pounding To the rhythm of Your name As I Gasp Sigh Want more Of you Always Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of hesitation in the middle of a thought. Photo by Felipe P. Lima Rizo on UnsplashRead More →

failure on your tongue bitter tang of brussel sprouts hard to swallow whole Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! What a great prompt, such possibilities! Love as confectionery, sugary sweet fairly floss, salted caramel toffee, or chocolate, dark and bitter or filled with sweet surprises. Sounds good right? I thought so but I wrote that instead.  Read More →

Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Some guys were sitting around one day We need a name for the crap we play Something clever, not too cute How about ‘The Dancing Groot’? That got one cheer but three more groans Maybe something more our own ‘30 Odd Foot of Grunts’ is taken How about ‘We’re Stirred Not Shaken’? ‘The Forgotten Four’ or ‘We Don’t Suck’ ‘Shut The Door’ Something about ‘Luck’? ‘Snapchat This’ or ‘TwitterRead More →

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Taking a cue from our craft resource, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. “Love never lingers overlong” He strummed a chord and wrote his song “Stars only shine when you’re around” Always looking for the perfect sound “Hum this tune, hold this beat” He thought the world was at his feet “We’ll make it one day, you’re the song of my heart” Years went by and we drifted apart He moved to Memphis for the inspiration Five months later he’s an overnight sensation Singing the songs he wrote for meRead More →

Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is based on a secret shame, or a secret pleasure. It could be eating too many cookies, or bad movies, or the time you told your sister she could totally brush her teeth with soap. It’s up to you. Happy writing! Stories and poems Conversations with my muse Secret writer’s blogRead More →

Today’s prompt is one we’ve used before, but it gets great results, and who can argue with results? So today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object. Ideally, the poem will be a kind of riddle, where it’s not totally obvious that the addressee is your beloved childhood pogo stick, or a dish of pad thai from your favorite restaurant, until near the end. This is a great opportunity to play with some of the clichés and tropes of love poetry. But while this kind of poem can be aRead More →