Saturday, July 30, 2011

Poetry Prompt #64 – Wishing Well

This week’s prompt is simple: if you had a chance to throw a coin into a wishing well and make a wish that would definitely come true, what would your wish be? (For a twist on this prompt, think in terms of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”)

Though the prompt may be simple, your poem shouldn’t be – work toward layers of meaning, and be sure to give your poem room to work out more than one subject (the literal topic, of course, but the unspoken subject as well). Be sure to avoid the typical wish list poem – we’re going for something more substantial this week.

Sample wish poems:


  1. “Året har 16 måneder: November,december, januar, februar, marts, april,maj, juni, juli, august, september,oktober,november,november,november,november.”
    H. Nordbrandt
    Year has 16 months: November,...

    Naturally I was born in november, so...

  2. Thanks for your comment, Jago! It's always good to hear from you!

  3. I like this, Adele! Nice and direct, and the example poems are fantastic.


  4. Thanks for your comment, Jamie! So glad you're enjoying the prompts!

  5. Great idea - as Jamie said, it's simple and direct (which leaves lots of room for layers of meaning).