Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 426

For today’s prompt, write a super poem. Fans of sports, advertising, and half-time shows may have recently watched the Super Bowl. Comics and movies fans know all about super heroes AND super villains. Folks familiar with quarter machines surely are acquainted with the super ball (a bouncy little sphere of endless amusement). But whatever your definition of super, this is a great week to write a super poem.

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Here’s my attempt at a Super Poem:

“Supernatural”

Some say it must be magical,
while others claim it’s mystical–
this supernatural moment
that many say is heaven sent
and anything but logical.

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102 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 426

  1. seingraham

    SUPER SNAPS

    Once a year she reads at the Stroll
    and she has just ten minutes to prove
    she is worthy of this
    It’s hard to choose which of her
    poems is well-written enough,
    has the ability to capture her audience,
    will stand the test of time, be that
    memorable.
    She pores over all her lines, wondering
    which will make them go “ah” or,
    “hmm” or, even, “super”
    She knows she’d settle for a few snapping fingers.

  2. MargoL

    Our love is super.

    If ever two were like one, so we are.
    If ever a man was loved by his wife,
    you are. If ever a wife was happy,
    I am. Even though our youth is somehow

    fading – our love is like an unbending
    and resilient tree, skirting storms through life.
    Our love has endured through it all. Truly
    I prize your sweet love more than all right now.

    Our love has passed the test, never quitting,
    but holding on to finer tomorrows.
    Our love could be written as a memoir.
    So today, we treasure the here and now.

    While we live, I will wish upon a star,
    that our love will bind us in afterlife.

    © Margo, February 10, 2018

  3. mayboy

    A closer look

    Sometimes we are blind
    to see the proper rhyme,
    sometimes we seek a sign
    to absorb it out of line,
    sometimes we only need
    to use the lens of sight,
    sometimes we just keep
    the sense of ancient times.

  4. Jacqueline Hallenbeck

    superDUPERpoet

    writes clever, fun, short pieces, none as awful long, say, a giraffe?
    her pieces score the fans adore are thankful for the belly laugh
    poet footprint successful stint newspapers print her photograph
    not one to flaunt, she could but shan’t, come if you want her autograph

  5. De Jackson

    False Alarms & Tired Capes

    I thought maybe
    the sky was falling
    but it turned out
    to just be Chicken
    Little, and his curious
    squawk, but
    all that talk
    of
    end of days
    has me thinking
    it’s time for some new
                         {songs}
         heroes.

    ::

  6. Tracy Davidson

    Anti-super

    This website is not super
    when it shows I’m not logged in
    when I am logged in
    on every other page
    but the one I want!

    Three days trying to post a Rhupunt
    and still it won’t let me.

    It’s super frustrating!

  7. PowerUnit

    Are you always so hungry?
            Are you never ill?
    Is there nothing to cause you
            to take a little pill?

    I never see you frown
            You smile from ear to ear
    You’re never sly or grumpy
            You’re always full of cheer

    It makes me sick to see such
            excessive social grace
    I want to wretch, throw you down
            wipe that smile from your face

    Your clothes fit so perfectly
            Your skin is so tanned
    You’re the image of perfection
            You must think you’re Superman

  8. Heather

    I don’t feel super

    I don’t feel super today.
    Two or three steps behind
    I keep pushing forward,
    looking for reserves
    when I just want to collapse.

    I don’t feel super today.
    Aiming for thorough
    and complete
    because people need me to be,
    fighting my desire for distraction
    masquerading as importance.

    I don’t feel super today.
    With my child fighting sleep
    and me,
    I stand my ground,
    believing in future goals.
    All I want to do is hide,
    escape into creativity.

    I don’t feel super today.
    That still small super villain voice
    tells me to stop fighting for just a moment
    to regain control.
    But, I would rather feel less super
    than a failure.

    ~bet you can’t guess my mood today.
    also published at heatherbutton.com

  9. Sara McNulty

    Toolman

    Super
    of building
    hard worker with big smile.
    At night, he changes clothes, becomes
    Toolman

    no job
    small or big will
    defeat him. When he’s changed,
    he is hammer, wrench, any tool
    needed

    Super
    -hero Toolman
    transports himself across
    the city in a large toolbox.
    Look up!

  10. grcran

    super soup

    dr livingston met with a cannibal
    who said sir if it’s not too personal
    as you drift into stupor
    would you like to be soup, or
    some nice stir-fry rice with a vegetable

    gpr crane

  11. grcran

    su-perb-est is much better than
    the best wish you’d get on command
    when faced with a genie
    you’d pick eeny meanie
    then face your own self-reprimand

    gpr crane

  12. Jrentler

    superb!

    when said
    with a french accent
    keep the “b”
    mostly silent

    just a hint
    to the truths
    buried in the garden

    the juiciest lies
    work best
    with a smile
    present

  13. De Jackson

    Filling the Day with Ordinary Awesome

    The moon went to bed again this morning
    in her borrowed light cape, to escape the
    overshine of her brother sun. See the shim
    -mer of the sky’s invisibility cloak? Hear

    the triumphant cheer of swallow, sparrow,
    crow? These blades of grass slice their sharp
    verdant green over hero horizon. The trees
    arch limbs, breeze-ready to let leaves fly.

    You and I, we’ve got powers. Hours. Flowers
    to weave and places to leave our mark. Spark
    conversations and inspirations and curious
    clouds. Sing the out-loud anthem of our super

    -natural souls. We’ve got stretch of mountains
    and laughter, X-ray vision to our own heart
    beats. Allies formed of street chalk and wander
    -lust. Trust me, we’ve got this. Here. Now. Wow.

  14. De Jackson

    Filling the Day with Ordinary Awesome

    The moon went to bed again this morning
    in her borrowed light cape, to escape the
    overshine of her brother sun. See the shim
    -mer of the sky’s invisibility cloak? Hear

    the triumphant cheer of swallow, sparrow,
    crow? These blades of grass slice their sharp
    verdant green over hero horizon. The trees
    arch limbs, breeze-ready to let leaves fly.

    You and I, we’ve got powers. Hours. Flowers
    to weave and places to leave our mark. Spark
    conversations and inspirations and curious
    clouds. Sing the out-loud anthem of our super

    -natural souls. We’ve got stretch of mountains
    and laughter, X-ray vision to our own heart
    beats. Allies formed of street chalk and wander
    -lust. Trust me, we’ve got this. Here. Now. Wow.

    ::

  15. candy

    Rock Star

    You were a supernova
    A transient event
    That shone brightly
    Burned too hot
    Cooled too quickly
    Then in a spectacular
    Explosion
    A last hurrah
    Faded away
    Leaving me behind
    Clinging to remnants

  16. SarahLeaSales

    Señor Super

    When Señor Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious danced into a pub,
    dandified in his seersucker suit & reeking of Jeris,
    smelling like a member of a barbershop quartet,
    he was labeled “that strange foreigner” whose name
    no one cared enough to learn how to pronounce,
    so he homogenized it to Mr. Super,
    pasteurizing his accent to the milk-white of the 1%,
    becoming the ideal American denizen.

  17. tripoet

    Super Bowl 2018

    We thought, “Hail
    to the good guys,
    the underdogs,
    the Eagle in flight.”
    We went to bed
    with everything alright.
    We’d seen a message
    from Above.
    But
    come morning
    we woke
    to the headlines:
    “Fans Torch
    the City of Brotherly Love”

  18. taylor graham

    COUNTING THE MOONS

    It was a Super Blue Blood Moon,
    a three-in-one, sort of like the Trinity
    but less mysterious and –
    according to a scientist interviewed
    on the news, not so very rare
    except in my short human lifetime –
    I who was up at three in the morning
    by my clock to see the moon
    eclipsing into blood-orange.
    Now it’s just an Old Moon waning –
    the same moon in another
    of its phases. Does that make it
    a different item? in a poem, perhaps.
    It cast its varied lights over
    oak woods shadowing the swale,
    and set assorted dogs (how many?)
    to howling on opposite hills. Do dogs
    respond to Super Blue Blood hype?
    The moon, both full and waning,
    walks our deck, peeks in the window
    left unblinded to let the moon converse
    with poet’s dreams.

  19. Louise

    standing in my if only
    in my not enough
    in my wish i could
    i vision possibility

    suddenly surrounded
    by a strengh that
    surrpasses my understanding
    i remain still

    basking in this superb entitity
    that assures me
    inevitable good
    i accept

  20. Walter J Wojtanik

    SOUP OR S3X

    we tumble into the room,
    the girl in the red cape and I.
    she flew into my life with a zoom.
    we tumble into the room,
    arms flail, legs tangle, she will spell my doom!
    this “super” girl who fell from the sky!
    we tumble into the room,
    the girl in the red cape and I.

    1. De Jackson

      Draped in Capes, and Ready for Everything (from Soup to Nuts)

      The girl in the red cape and I,
      we’re supersonic, high-hailed heroes.
      Look, up in the sky!
      It’s the girl in the red cape and I!
      Not a bird, or a plane, or a dragonfly.
      But without our capes, we’d be zeros.
      The girl in the red cape and I,
      we’re supersonic, high-hailed heroes.

      1. Walter J Wojtanik

        OMG, IS THAT SPANDEX?

        We’re super-fabulous, high-heeled heroes,
        we walk the streets at night.
        There’s no doubt we’ll out the zeroes,
        we’re super-fabulous, high-heeled heroes.
        Don’t get me wrong, we’re straight as arrows,
        and it’s fashion-crimes we fight!
        We’re super-fabulous, high-heeled heroes,
        we walk the streets at night.

        1. De Jackson

          Is She Waxing, Waning, or Just Wandering Through this Wide Vast Sky?

          We walk the streets at night
          in search of super moons.
          She pines, and shines so bright,
          so we walk the streets at night.
          She’s got time, and tides to fight –
          and morning comes too soon.
          We walk the streets at night
          in search of super moons.

          1. Walter J Wojtanik

            WONDERING WHILE SHE’S WANDERING

            And so we go in search of super moons,
            spanning the galaxy for lunar activity,
            the Great Gorilla and his band of Baboons,
            and so we go in search of super moons.
            Our spacecraft is powered by hot air balloons,
            but they hinder our productivity!
            And so we go in search of super moons,
            spanning the galaxy for lunar activity.

          2. De Jackson

            Spanning for Gold

            Spanning the galaxy for lunar activity
            (and champagne super novas in the sky),
            we’re high on bubbly star divinity.
            We’re spanning the galaxy for lunar activity.
            You see, we’ve got a vast proclivity
            For shiny things, as they fly by.
            We’re spanning the galaxy for lunar activity
            (and champagne super novas in the sky).

          3. Walter J Wojtanik

            MEN IN TIGHTS TAKE FLIGHT

            campy super heroes learn to fly,
            in universal super hero flying schools.
            you’ll see these costumed clowns up high
            where campy super heroes learn to fly.
            some prefer the pavement to the sky,
            but those who fly consider these as fools!
            campy super heroes learn to fly,
            in universal super hero flying schools.

          4. De Jackson

            Up, Up, and Away

            In universal super hero flying schools,
            we practice our takeoff, and our descent.
            We fall, and flail, and break all the rules
            in those universal super hero flying schools.
            We drink champagne and act like fools.
            If we don’t get it together, we won’t make rent.
            In universal super hero flying schools,
            we practice our takeoff, and our descent.

          5. Walter J Wojtanik

            SUPERHERO REHEARSAL

            We practice our takeoff, and our descent
            because what goes up must come down!
            No matter how many gun barrels we’ve bent,
            we practice our takeoff, and our descent.
            When our get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went,
            and our up, up and away has flown,
            We practice our takeoff, and our descent
            because what goes up must come down!

          6. De Jackson

            Superhero Reversal

            Because what goes up must come down,
            you play the back, I’ll play the front.
            A flying super unicorn’s the coolest costume around,
            but because what goes up must come down,
            I must ask that you do this (don’t give me that frown!)
            Let’s get back on track. I don’t mean to be blunt,
            but because what goes up must come down,
            you play the back, I’ll play the front.

          7. Walter J Wojtanik

            ALWAYS THE HORSE’S A$S

            you play the front, I’ll play the back,
            because I seem to have more experience
            in things of behind, I have a knack.
            you play the front, I’ll play the back.
            so when we’re ready to hit the road, Jack,
            that’s the time that I get serious!
            you play the front, I’ll play the back,
            because I seem to have more experience

          8. De Jackson

            Don’t Trip On Your Cape

            Because I seem to have more experience,
            I’ll teach you how to leap this tall building, now.
            The method’s really not all that mysterious,
            but since I seem to have more experience,
            I’ll keep a high-rise straight face and get serious.
            Then you’ll do it yourself, and take a bow.
            Because I seem to have more experience,
            I’ll teach you how to leap this tall building, now.

          9. Walter J Wojtanik

            BArTer MAN
            I’ll teach you how to leap this tall building, now.
            And you can show me how to program the DVR.
            Both feats require a sweeping bow,
            I’ll teach you how to leap this tall building, now.
            Then instruct me how to punch with a !#*POW*#!
            If done right you can make them see stars!
            I’ll teach you how to leap this tall building, now.
            And you can show me how to program the DVR.

          10. De Jackson

            Thor Gets a Little Help Around the House from Iron Man’s JARVIS

            Can you show me how to program the DVR?
            I’d throw my hammer at it, but that won’t help.
            I can keep Loki at bay, and sail to the stars,
            but can you show me how to program the DVR?
            It’d be super if you’d offer me some help here, Jarv.
            I just don’t think it’s something I can look up on Yelp.
            Can you show me how to program the DVR?
            I’d throw my hammer at it, but that won’t help.

          11. Walter J Wojtanik

            TRIBUTE TRIOLET FOR MARIE’S MOM

            We can only stammer at it, that won’t ease our hearts.
            Marie’s Mom sings with the Celestial Choir,
            and though she leaves this earthly plane, she departs
            and we can only stammer at it. That won’t ease our hearts.
            Yet every good memory of her is held dear. It starts
            as a glowing ember within and flames to full fire.
            We can only stammer at it, that won’t ease our hearts.
            Marie’s Mom sings with the Celestial Choir.

          12. De Jackson

            Beautiful, Walt. So many prayers for Marie and her family today.

            Front-Row Seat to Grace

            Marie’s Mom sings with the Celestial Choir;
            she’s finally got her front-row seat to grace.
            She’s left her earthly robes, donned perfect attire.
            Marie’s Mom sings with the Celestial Choir.
            She’s as “super” as it gets now; there’s no higher
            as she gets to see our Savior’s face.
            Marie’s Mom sings with the Celestial Choir;
            she’s finally got her front-row seat to grace.

          13. Walter J Wojtanik

            AMAZING GRACE

            She’s finally got her front-row seat to grace.
            And next to my mother she is seated,
            two mothers of friends who’ve never met in a place
            where she’s finally got her front-row seat to grace.
            And with the look of pure joy on her angelic face,
            a state of late that was surely needed.
            She’s finally got her front-row seat to grace.
            And next to my mother she is seated.

          14. De Jackson

            How Sweet the Sound

            Next to my mother she is seated,
            humming in heavenly healed resound.
            Pain is past, death’s been defeated.
            Next to my mother she is seated,
            and God’s perfect plan is now completed.
            All once lost; peace now found.
            Next to my mother she is seated,
            humming in heavenly healed resound.

          15. Walter J Wojtanik

            THE POWER IN SILENCE

            Humming in heavenly healed resound,
            the waft of whispers to touch all hearts.
            In the silence, the voice of God is found,
            humming in heavenly healed resound.
            The splendor of eternity all around,
            where infinity ends and starts.
            Humming in heavenly healed resound,
            the waft of whispers to touch all hearts.

          16. De Jackson

            That Poetic Guy We Adore

            The Walt of whispers to touch all hearts
            brings words to page through poet’s eyes.
            He’s charmed us from the very start,
            that Walt of whispers to touch all hearts.
            He’s got a willing quill, and wicked smarts.
            And every now and then, a triolet surprise!
            The Walt of whispers to touch all hearts
            brings words to wage through poet’s eyes.

          17. Walter J Wojtanik

            JOINING FORCES

            He brings words to wage through poet’s eyes.
            Her poet’s heart sees the world & waxes in beauty.
            That they would join forces is not a surprise,
            he brings words to wage through poet’s eyes.
            Sometimes funny, cryptic, smart or wise,
            the Dynamic Duo perform their poetic duty!
            He brings words to wage through poet’s eyes.
            Her poet’s heart sees the world & waxes in beauty.

          18. De Jackson

            Superlatives in Dragon Form

            Her poet’s heart sees the world and waxes in beauty.
            (Anyone can slay a dragon – let’s befriend him!)
            She’s got places to go, and things to do, be…
            but her poet’s heart sees the world and waxes in beauty.
            Let’s turn him into a trochee – poetic newbie!
            Let’s write him a sestina! That’ll upend him!
            Her poet’s heart sees the world and waxes in beauty.
            (Anyone can slay a dragon – let’s befriend him!)

          19. Walter J Wojtanik

            DRAGGIN’ (S)LAYER

            (Anyone can slay a dragon – let’s befriend him!)
            no matter how bottom heavy they may be,
            a draggin’ dragon makes it harder to upend them,
            (Anyone can slay a dragon – let’s befriend him!)
            But don’t break your dragon, you can’t mend him,
            let it heal on its own, let him be!
            (Anyone can slay a dragon – let’s befriend him!)
            no matter how bottom heavy they may be,

          20. De Jackson

            Overweight SuperHeroes

            No matter how bottom heavy they may be,
            their capes cover up a multitude of sins.
            They’re flying over Gotham for all to see,
            no matter how bottom heavy they may be.
            You called, they came. It seems quite clear to me:
            their arses parses muster. Justice begins!
            No matter how bottom heavy they may be,
            their capes cover up a multitude of sins.

  21. Misky

    The Turner at Petworth House

    I saw a Turner today.
    A real one.

    The lines. The depth.
    The autumn colours.

    And it was cluttered
    and noisy as crickets.

    It was a nice museum –
    the tickets were pricey

    but the mug of tea and
    iced buns were super.

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