For today’s prompt, write a poem that uses the following six words:

  • bump
  • embrace
  • fixture
  • howl
  • lonely
  • resolve

How did I come up with this list? Actually, it’s a tie-in to our Shakespeare Week that starts today, because the Bard is actually credited with inventing all six of these words. Pretty cool, eh? For sestina fans, I kind of intentionally made it six words for a reason. So let’s get writing!

(33 lamentable words coined by William Shakespeare.)

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want. In other words, it’s more important to write a new poem than to stick to the prompt.

Here’s my attempt at a Six Words Poem:


Let’s resolve this moment,
without an embrace or fist
bump to console us

stuck like a fixture in our
lonely vessels of confinement,
to solemnly yawp and howl!