A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month

Archive for April 13, 2011

Prompt #14: Poem in Your Pocket

Today’s poetry prompt brought to you by Shanna Germain.


Today is National Poem in your Pocket day! To celebrate today, readers are encouraged to find a poem they love and carry it in their pocket to share with friends, family and loved ones.

For your prompt, imagine that the poem you love has spent all day riding around in your pocket, being folded and unfolded, creased and straightened, shown off to people who got it and people who didn’t… Now, write your poem from the poem’s point of view. What did it see? What did it hate or love or fear? What did it feel like in your pocket, in your hands, when you accidentally dropped it on the street?

Alternatively, write a poem about pockets. You might try reading “Pockets,” by Howard Nemerov for inspiration.


Reminders for Participants: You can post your poem below in the comments, offer a link back to your site where the poem is posted, or comment about the experience of writing the poem (without actually posting the poem). If you’re going to comment on other participant’s poems, please remember that this is not a critique space — comments should be kept thoughtful and supportive. Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the prompt to write your poem — they’re here for your inspiration but they’re certainly not a requirement.

Let the Wild Poeming Being!