Inspiration Call: Week 8 February 2020 Writing Prompts

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February 2020 – Week 8 Writing Prompts

Monday February 17, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: Micropoetry Monday

use this picture as inspiration for a micro poem (a short poem with no particular rules).

Tuesday February 18, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: Traveling

Write a poem based on a time you’ve traveled by bus – whether a school bus, around town, or a long distance trip to visit a certain destination.

Wednesday February 19, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: Word Prompt Wednesday: Watch

Use the word of the day in poetic or short story form.

Thursday February 20, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: Music Inspiration

Tune in to a radio station you don’t normally listen to, and write a poem inspired by the the first song or message you hear.

Friday February 21, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: Flower Symbolism

Write a poem or story that uses flowers as a symbol.

Saturday February 22, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: 6 Word Story

Tell the story behind this picture in just 6 words. A Six Word story is a challenge for each writer to come up with a short story within six words.

Sunday February 23, 2020 Writing Prompt

Inspiration Call: * Timed Writing *

Choose a set time to write, 5 −7 minutes serves well. Set a timer, watch the clock. Stop writing when the time is up, even in the middle of a sentence. In timed writing, you write for a short, prescribed period of time. The purpose of timed writing is to prime the creative pump: shortening writing time makes sure you have more to say than time to say it. The frustration of stopping creates the impetus to write more. You become more interested in the ideas and thoughts you want to put down and less self-conscious about the times it’s taking to write. This exercise also helps develop confidence and establishes creative tension.

Writing tip from: Life’s Companion Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest By: Christina Baldwin



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  1. February 2020 – Week 8 Writing Prompts
    Monday February 17, 2020 Writing Prompt
    Inspiration Call: Micropoetry Monday
    use this picture as inspiration for a micro poem (a short poem with no particular rules).
    Old Man Stands in Field at the End of the World

    an old man
    stands in a field
    at the end of the world

    looking out
    at a meadow
    devoid of all humanity
    for humanity had died

    leaving him
    all alone
    with his thoughts

    Tuesday February 18, 2020 Writing Prompt
    Inspiration Call: Traveling
    Write a poem based on a time you’ve traveled by bus – whether a school bus, around town, or a long distance trip to visit a certain destination.
    the Bus – Travels Through America’s Underbelly
     
    I am a bus rider
    That makes me unusual
    For a white male
    From an upper middle class family
     
    Our people are not bus riders
    Though some are subway riders
     
    Bus riders are other people
    The poor, minorities, immigrants
    People who don’t drive
    Because they are blind
    Or have a DUI
     
    And in my case
    I don’t drive
    Because I have bad vision
    And bad coordination
    Just never got the hang
    Of the whole driving thing
     
    Fortunately for me
    My wife does the driving
    But I still take the bus
    From time to time
     
    I rode the AC buses in Berkeley
    As a child
    Line 67, line 51, line 43 F bus
    Rode them long before BART came along
    And afterwards as well
     
    As an adult seldom rode the bus
    But when I did so
    I was always impressed
    By the sheer diversity
    Of the bus riding property
     
    Hundreds of languages
    All sorts of sexual orientation
    Some were white
    Most were not
     
    Most of my fellow passengers
    Were nice enough
    Some were friendly
    And some were lost
    In their own thoughts
     
    And a few
    Were scary looking dudes
    With the look
    Of someone who had done time
    And were capable of more violence
     
    I also rode the bus
    In Seattle as a graduate student
    A lot of fellow UW students
    And the usual immigrants
    Minorities etc
     
    And some white people
    Commuting
     
    And in DC
    Over the years
    I rode a lot of buses
     
    Mostly to and from the metro
    But I got to know
    And love the DC buses as well
     
    I also took the greyhound bus
    Across the country
    Several times over the years
    All over the U.S.
     
    From Bay Area to Stockton
    From Bay Area to Clear Lake
    From Bay area to NYC
    NYC to DC
    All over the USA
     
    Taking the Greyhound
    Was always an an adventure
    Met a lot of interesting people
    As people on long distant bus rides
    Tend to open up and talk
    To pass the time away
     
    Overseas I took the bus
    All over
    In India, in Barbados
    In Spain and in Korea
     
    The Korean buses
    For many years
    Were difficult for foreign visitors
    As the signs were all in Korean
     
    Most have signs
    Now in English, Chinese and Korean
    And are much more foreigner friendly
     
    Riding the bus
    In America
    Allows one access
    To the underbelly of American society
    The poor, the marginalized
    The immigrant communities
     
    That many middle class white people
    Just never see
     
    And for that reason
    I am glad
    That I am a bus rider

    Wednesday February 19, 2020 Writing Prompt
    Inspiration Call: Word Prompt Wednesday: Watch
    Time Waits for No One

    they say that time
    waits for no one

    especially the grim reaper
    who has a schedule to keep

    that when it is your time
    to meet your fate
    it is your date

    although the hour be late
    no one can escape
    the marinations of fate

    Thursday February 20, 2020 Writing Prompt
    Inspiration Call: Music Inspiration
    Tune in to a radio station you don’t normally listen to, and write a poem inspired by the the first song or message you hear.
    More Trouble Every Day

    The Old Zappa song plays
    on in my head
    every time I turn on the news

    and see more trouble every day
    no one can delay
    the trouble coming every day

    Frank Zappa died too soon
    before the horrors of the Trump era
    that he would have foreseen
    if he had lived on

    he was truly a prophet
    crying in the wildness
    while making money
    as an over night sensation

    as he saw the slime
    oozing out of the TV sets
    we will do what we are told
    for the rights to us have been sold

    And Jesus too
    has been sold
    to the highest bidder

    nothing but a business deal
    in America
    the land of the constant deal

    and so I turn off the TV
    and realize that
    the torture never ends
    the torture never ends

    Friday
    February 21, 2020 Writing Prompt
    Inspiration Call: Flower Symbolism
    Write a poem or story that uses flowers as a symbol.
    the flower of love

    my love is like
    the most fragrant flower
    in the universe

    so beautiful so pure
    so filled with cosmic love
    a love that transcends
    this corrupted world

    and every time
    I look at her
    I see the flower
    in her eyes
    and her soul

    and my soul is bewitched
    by her other world beauty
    turning me into her love slave

    until death does us part
    on the other end of time

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