Saturday, July 9, 2011

Poetry Prompt #61 – My Favorite Age

The great thing about getting older 
is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

– Madeleine L'Engle

For this week’s prompt, begin by looking back and thinking about a specific time in your life that you remember as especially good. How old were you? What wonder-filled quality did being that age have? Reflect for a while on that special time or “age” in your life and then freewrite for at least ten or fifteen minutes. Read what you’ve written and see if there’s anything that you might develop into a poem. Your poem may be about a particular experience or about being a certain age in general. Some things to consider: What made that age so special? What special things happened to you? Who were the important people in your life at that age? This week, time-travel back to an age of happiness and relive it in a poem!

“Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas


  1. Love the upbeat, happy aspect! Who says poetry has to be "heavy?" (At least not all the time.) Uplifting for this heat wave weather!

    Thanks, as always!

  2. Thanks, Jamie! Your comments are always appreciated, and I'm glad you like the "Happy" in this prompt!

  3. This prompt gives one much to think about and remember! Poets and non-poets alike!


  4. Thanks, Bob's Mustangs! Memory is a powerful tool in writing.

  5. I'm almost sixties, but I think this poetry is OK for me and your readers:
    Per chi parla italiano anche la traduzione (mia)
    Saluti from Roma.

  6. Hi, Jago! Thanks so much for your comment and for posting the link to Kenneth Koch’s “To My Fifties.”

    It's a great poem! Thank you for sharing it!