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#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 65

This week’s writing prompt is based on the idea that perfection is imperfection. The Japanese have a concept of beauty (aesthetic) that is influenced by the Bhuddist idea that nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect. Based on these principles, Japanese art and culture often values imperfection. This is called the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Examples of wabi-sabi are everywhere in Japanese culture: sakura (cherry blossoms) are considered more beautiful because they only last a few days. Create a piece that captures an unusual, imperfect, strange and flawed beauty that helps us see what you see. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #wabisabiheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 64

The inspiration for this week’s prompt may be very obvious, but there are also additional themes of sudden loss that can be explored. Write a poem that speaks to loss, or something being ‘gone’ in 60 letters. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #grandtheftheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 63

Poetry is organic. It changes and evolves. One of the exciting things that has happened with poetry is that we have seen it step from page to stage. More and more poets are sharing a spoken version of their work and WE LOVE IT! This week your challenge is to write a spoken word poem and to recite it aloud. Consider how tone, pace, enunciation and pronunciation can help to evoke the emotional tone of the piece. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #spokenheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 62

Our micropoetry prompt this week is inspired by nature. In 30 words create a poem that utilises the imagery of a natural phenomenon. You can choose any natural phenomenon that appeals. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #hurricaneheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 61

Each month we will you bring an image prompt to inspire your poetry, in association with the creative duo @something.i.did. Take your time to absorb the image. Where does the Muse lead you? Use the image to inspire the words. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #sidspromptstowriteto on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 60

Can you move a reader with a tweet? Twitterature refers to the practice of writing a piece of poetry or prose in 140 characters. This contemporary minimalist style is one which requires a deft hand. This week your prompt is to write a piece of poetry in 140 characters, that ends with a twist! If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #twistedheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 59

Alliteration is a common poetry tool which uses the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. In this writing prompt we would like you to write a poem that uses the five words: desire, decay, dances, death and destiny. Along with any other ‘d’ words that will help you to demonstrate alliteration. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #heartwrds on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 58

Your inspiration this week is write a piece of microprose called a six word story. The six word story has been famously credited to Ernest Hemingway, who won a $10.00 bet for writing: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” This story is complete and completely heart breaking! Interestingly the claim that Hemingway wrote this has never been substantiated.  Can you write a piece that moves the heart in only six words? If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #heartwrds on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

Starting Over – A Writing Prompt

This week we’ve been focusing on syllables, and we’ve even learned a new poetic form to fit that focus. In honor of that newfound knowledge, your challenge for the week is to write a carlito poem – you guessed it – about starting over. You can write from the perspective of someone starting over in life, starting over after messing up a recipe, or you could even write about what it would be like for the earth itself to reset. I’m purposely leaving the subject matter wide open to artistic interpretation, so write it as you see fit, but remember: A carlito poem should be formatted as follows: -10 lines in total: Line One: 1 syllable Line Two: 2 syllables Line Three: 3 syllables… …and so on up through line seven Lines 8-10: A haiku -The haiku can be traditional or conventional, but it must follow the typical 5-7-5 syllable…

#HeartWrds ǀ Prompt 57

Can you tap into the feelings of exclusion? Or on the reverse side, can you bring hope and inclusion? This week’s prompt challenges you to think like an ‘outcast’ and write a poem on this theme. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #heartwrds on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.