A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month

Archive for April 19, 2011

Prompt #20: Personify

Today’s prompt created by poet Sage Cohen.


Personify Something and Invite it to Surprise You
Choose an object, any object. Don’t think too much about it. Just take what comes. Write it down.
Now quickly, off the top of your head, write down answers to these questions:

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What kind of shoes does this object wear?

What does it eat for breakfast – or dessert?

Where does it live?

Who are its friends?

How does it sleep?

Where does it go on vacation?

Who is its big brother?

What is its middle name?

How does it sing?

What does it taste like?

Who does it love?

What does it want you to know?

What did it borrow?

What country, state, neighborhood does it live in?

What does it believe?

Who is its favorite movie star?

What kind of music does it listen to?

What do you admire about this object?

What do you hate about it?

Who in your family does this object remind you of?

What grade in school is this object in?

What does this object dream about?

Who would this object vote for as president?

What does this object want to be when it grows up?

Where does this animal belong?

Where doesn’t it belong?

Who is its best friend?

What does it do when no one is looking?

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Take whatever interests you about that object you’ve been writing about and let it lead you into a poem.


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!