Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 213

We figured out the Great Missing Comment Box Mystery of 2013 around the end of last week. So we should have a completely healthy commenting experience today (knocking on wood). In fact, let’s make that the prompt today.

For today’s prompt, write a knock on wood poem. This might be about a situation that should happen or hopefully will happen. Or I guess it could even involve someone (or something) actually knocking on wood–a table, a door, a window pane, etc. Per usual, feel free to get creative with it.

Here’s my attempt:


We will wake before light outlines form around trees

before birds start shouting each other above earth

We will shower dress our children leave earlier

dance at work school grocery stores & gas stations

We’ll embrace thankless tasks find incredible peace

know ourselves & understand everyone else

We’ll live our lives but with better homes & gardens

popular mechanics field & stream people wired


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124 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 213

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    knock on wood
    by juanita lewison-snyder

    “every day you wake up is a good day,”
    my scottish grandmother preached daily
    from behind her pulpit of schnapps,
    “so quit yer bitchen, belly up to the bar.”

    if tomorrow the good lord sees fit
    that i awaken, then take it a sign to
    pack a lunch and head for the woods
    to dine among the bracken fern
    and songbirds, sandwich those troubles
    ‘tween layers of manna and waxed paper,
    the memories of which should be
    poured out of a glass-lined thermos
    like sweet condensed milk,
    reminiscent of gentler days
    when god spent more time
    amongst thieves and whores.

    well, tomorrow anyways…
    (knock on wood)

    © 2013 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. SharoninDallas


    Knock on door number one?
    The first thing that life hands you.
    Knock on wood. Will it protect you?
    Door number two has the pretty girl.
    Will you take her for a whirl?
    Doors three and four might be great.
    Every decision affects your fate.
    Will you take door one or will you wait?
    Will you knock on heaven’s gate?
    Choices, choices, what to do?
    Be sure to open that door where He beckons you.

  3. PressOn


    The knock on Wood
    was that he would
    not quit for good
    his neighborhood
    to learn Talmud,
    although he could
    stand up for good,
    as well he should.
    But Wood would not.


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