7-Minute Poetry Challenge #23-Where In The World?

So fun to toss around than a fancy word for a simple task. An Acrostic Poem is one of the simplest forms of poetry and yet it’s sooo confusing to describe in words. It can also be one of the most fun to write (and thus it’s one of the first forms of poetry children learn). Every Acrostic Poems begins the same way: With a word or phrase. This word or phrase is usually the title, too. (For clarity sake, I will refer to it as “the title” from here on out.)

In short, the title is written in a column down the left side of the page. From there a word or phrase beginning with the letter—which defines or relates to the title—extends off the side of the letter left to right across the page.

Wait! I’ll make it easy for you with this example from Young Writers, an organization dedicated to encouraging children to write. Although its contests, etc. are for UK students, the resources on the website are for everyone! Now it’s your turn.

Poetry Challenge #23

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Where In The World?

Pick a name, any name—of a place in the world. Create an Acrostic Poem by writing that place name down the left side of a page. Then, as in the example above, use words that begin with each letter to describe that place…or, if you’ve never been there, describe what you imagine that place is like.

If you think that’s too easy, try creating an acrostic in which the last letter of each line spells out the name.

Or harder still, try creating an acrostic with the name in the center of the line. (Below are examples also from Young Writers.)

ACROSTIC AT THE END OF THE LINE
Just woken up, I’m famished! Fancy a bananA
Oh dear, none in the fruit bowl. Wish I could do magiC
Like Harry Potter. Over there I do see a pearR
That’s boring. How about sausages and mashed potatO?
Check the fridge-there’s only mouldy cheese and two grapeS
Even with my skills, I can’t make much with thaT
What I really want is sweeties, shame there’s only a kiwI
Phew, food dilemma over. I’ve been invited to a picinC!
ACROSTIC IN THE MIDDLE
Fancy Writing A Poem?
Pi C k a topic of your choice
You can w R ite about anything
Let y O ur imagination run wild
Choo S e the right words
Writing your T houghts on paper
Nothing is I mpossible
Be C reative!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Write the place of your choice down the length of the page.

Start Expanding!

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge #22-Surprise!

Poetry Challenge #22

Surprise!

Look around you. What do you see that surprises you? The house plants that have added new leaves and height? Dust covering a surface you just cleaned? The red flash of a cardinal in the winter landscape?

List as many things as you can and then rearrange them to make a poem. Think about the order and the sound of the words and what makes it the most surprising poem you can make.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

 

*Drum Roll Please! Cindy Faughnan & I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 700 days ago. 700!!! We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge #21-Inside Out, Upside Down & Backwards

Gotta love DIY videos! And the folks who take the time to find them--like daughter Lexi, who solved one of the great frustrations of my life with the link to one short clip: HOW TO PUT ON A DUVET COVER Thank you Lexi! 

WARNING: Not all DIY tips work (neither do all poetry prompts) . . .

Dang duvet cover won't behave...

Dang duvet cover won't behave...

That being said, while Lexi and I were step-by-step smoothing, rolling and unrolling our perfectly stuffed duvet, (maybe because my upper half was not fully inside the cover as usual), a 7-minute poetry prompt popped into my noggin. (And, if you have a few moments left after you finish and need a laugh, click on the DIY Projects Gone Wrong link below.) Here Goes.

Poetry Challenge #21

INSIDE OUT, UPSIDE DOWN & BACKWARDS!

Begin by taking a minute to read through the poems you've already written and select one you think is HORRIBLE! or one you are excited to revise.

First: Giving yourself a pat on the back for having written it! 

Now: Mix it up. Pluck a line out of the middle and move it to the beginning; move the last line to the first; the first line to the end, etc. etc. And so forth . . . 

Why? Sometimes a poem is like a duvet cover, you've got to turn it inside out to make it work!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Mix It Up, Baby!

Have FUN!

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Upside Down, Inside Out & Backwards Playlist: 

  1. HOW TO PUT ON A DUVET COVER
  2. DYI Projects Gone Wrong
  3. Upside Down by Joe Jackson
  4. Upside Down Boy You're Turning Me by Diana Ross
  5. Shake It Up Baby from Ferris Bueller's Day Off

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at more than 680 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge #20-Memory Game

Do you know some poems? Did you ever have to memorize a poem for school? Have you memorized a poem just for the fun of it?

When my kids were little, they memorized Shel's poems. Lexi proudly recited her fav: Eighteen Flavors. 

When my kids were little, they memorized Shel's poems. Lexi proudly recited her fav: Eighteen Flavors

Memorizing poems helps you feel the rhythm and rhyme (if there is one) and forces you to look at each word more closely. Plus, you can recite a poem to get through a tough time or to put yourself to sleep. Amazing the uses!

Poetry Challenge #20

Memorize a Poem Day!

Today, instead of writing a new poem, read some favorites and pick a verse or two or the whole thing to memorize. Say it aloud! Say it in your head! Say it while walking or doing chores or waiting in line.

Some of Cindy's favorite poems—and ones she knows some or all of—include C.S. Lewis’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, lots of Robert Frost (“Fire and Ice”, “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”), Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shallot”, Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and many others.

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!
— Gelett Burgess

My favorite poems—those I can still recite—are "Hickory Dickory Dock", "Little Jack Horner" and others by Mother Goose, Lewis Carol's "Jabberwocky", "Itsy Bitsy Spider", and the inspiration for my picture book One Day I Went Rambling "One Day I Went Walking" by Valine Hobbs. 

What are your favorite poems? Click on it, one listed here, or a brand new discovery (don't we love the Internet for this?) and get to it:

  1. Set the timer . . . 
  2. Start Memorizing. . .
  3. Surprise Yourself!

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 690 days ago WHOA... We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge #19-Zippity-Doodle

"Play Time! Before words came letter, before letters came doodles. According to those in the know, doodling, scribbling, drawing taps into your creative brain--the play filled side. So what happens if we get into a playful mood first, then begin writing? 

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Sometime, in a bygone blog, while attending a Kindling Words retreat during which we doodled before writing each morning, I wrote about the science behind how doodling taps into creative corners and our subconscious in different and surprising ways. (I tried to find the post so I could link to it here and seem tres tech savvy and marketing wise, but instead I was sucked into rereading and remembering. It was fun and dang I've been blogging a long, long time. ...)

Anyways, back to the topic at hand: Giving yourself "Permission to Play," as Carin Channing, creator of 365 DAYS OF DOODLING, a book Cindy and I are currently using to find our playground voices. Time to "Climb Back into the Sandbox, People!"

Here's an interview with Carin Channing & your can order her book everywhere!

Here's an interview with Carin Channing & your can order her book everywhere!

Poetry Challenge #19

It's a Zippity-Doodle Kind of Day!  

Start with a blank sheet of paper and pencil (or pen). Doodle your idea of zippity. Zippity might be a thing, a place or a feeling. Now write a short poem, no more than 10 words about your Zippity Doodle!  

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start doodling!

Don’t think; just do it. 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at more than 670 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge #18-Moody Blues

Did you miss me? More importantly, did you miss last week's prompt. Sorry. I was lost.. We zipped off to The Bahamas for a few days. If you are clever, you have already subscribed to Cindy's blog, and so you're #18 is finished. Yeah! 

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If you are feeling a teensy bit jealous because I was in The Bahamas (italics intended along with a whooo-whooo) this might make you feel better: It was unseasonably cold, overcast, windy & rainy--definitely weather for this prompt. Here we go!

Poetry Challenge #18

Moody Blues  

Pick two vowel sounds. Make a list of words that use each sound. Write two verses of a poem—use one vowel sound in one verse and the other in the second. Try to use it in as many words as you can. What mood does each sound create for your poem? Do you want your end words for each line to rhyme or not?

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

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Moody Blues Playlist: 

Moody Blues Best: 1 hour 18 minutes, 21 seconds of their music to get you in the moooooood!

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 660 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge # 17- Dream A Dream

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The Third Monday every January is a day for dreaming. Many folks think of it as a day to sleep in, lounge, relax, but it's much more than that. So much more. It's a holiday set aside to honor one of the great dreamers:Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 

King's vision of a world in which all humans are equal, a vision he expounded in his "I Have A Dream Speech," is one we are still striving to realize today. Here's a snippet of his speech, one that bares revisiting (a link to the speech, delivered Aug. 28th, 1963, follows).  

I have a dream that one day this Nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
— Speech by the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. at the "March on Washington" (Aug. 28, 1963).

Poetry Challenge #17

Dream a Dream . . .  

Dare to share one of your dreams in the form of a poem. It can be a personal dream, or a dream you have for a friend, humankind, the world, the universe, or beyond! As an homage to MLK, begin your poem with "I have a dream..."

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 650 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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Dream A Dream Playlist: 

 

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7-Minute Poetry Challenge #16-Can You Say COLD?

Confession Time...again: I've been so busy holidaying, I neglected posting last week. (I hope you Challenged yourself.) In case you have qualms about the value of this SSSSSTTTREEEEEETCH read what gazillion-times published author Jane Yolen writes about her ongoing poetry challenge. (BTW: Did you know you could read a different one of Jane's books every day for a YEAR!) 

"I started writing a poem a day seven years ago as a personal challenge.  I didn't expect to be happy with any poem on the first draft. But I did it for three reasons: 1. Finger exercises 2. Brain exercise 3. Sales: This was an unforeseen plus. I've gotten at least a half dozen picture books out of those poems and sold a hundred or more to journals and anthologies, and used them in books of my own. My writing had taken a huge step forward. I have no plans to stop."-Jane Yolen in the SCBWI Insights (Jan. 4, 2018).

Poetry Challenge #16

Can You Say COLD? 

For inspiration, here's my view on this Blizzard Blustery BRRRR day. 

For inspiration, here's my view on this Blizzard Blustery BRRRR day. 

Brr!!! It’s a cold time of year! The sun sparkles off the ice-covered branches, the deck makes loud cracking noises, and I can breathe big clouds into the cold air. Write a poem about the cold. Begin with the line, “You know it’s cold when…” and think of all the things that make you know it’s cold. I hope you’re wrapped up in a blanket!! 

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 640 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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Can You Say COLD? Playlist:

 

 

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