Friday Freewrite Prompt: Line of poetry

Pull out your poetry books for today’s writing prompt.

Open any book to any page. Grab a line, write it at the top of the page and go from there. Don’t think about it. Don’t say to yourself: “This is a stupid line. I should find a better one.” There is no better one. Just use the one you find.

Every time you get stuck, skip a line and rewrite the original poetry line and go again. Allow yourself to change directions and start fresh.

Starting with a “great line” can suggest new ideas and insights.

Here are a few suggestions, if you don’t have any poetry books checked out from the library.

“Freedom is a hard-bought thing”
A gift no man can give,”
(From “Song of the Settlers” by Jessamyn West)

“Deep in the wood I made a house
Where no one knew the way”
(From “August” by Katherine Pole)

“A treacherous monster is the shark,
He never makes the least remark.”
(From “The Shark” by Lord Alfred Douglas)

“Mother doesn’t want a dog,”
(From “Mother doesn’t want a dog” by Judith Vorst)

“I know a funny little man,
As quiet as a mouse,”
(From “Mr. Nobody” Author Unknown)

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