Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 120

Author:
Publish date:

Today's prompt was inspired by a suggestion from a Poetic Asides regular (Iain Kemp). He asked if I could somehow tie today's prompt in with Burns Night, which is celebrated around the world on January 25 every year for the writing of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Since everyone may not be familiar with Burns' work, I tried to make the prompt open to poets who know his work and who do not. Soooooo...

For today's prompt, write a burns poem. This could be a poem inspired by the poet Robert Burns. Or it could be about rope or carpet burns. Or the poem could deal with flames or volcanoes. Your poem could deal with the way your heart burns or with heartburn. Hopefully, you won't have to burn the midnight oil to write this poem (unless you prefer writing in the evening).

Here's my attempt:

"A night without the boys"

I can feel the urgency in your eyes
that burn holes through everything
they strike. Like an ambassador for
caution, I raise my hands and sing
your name hoping my salty surprise
will stay hidden behind oven door
until its time for dinner. "Enter," I
say. "Please enter." And you sigh
when you see the table is still bare
after a long day at work, but you
only say, "I'm glad we can just loaf
around tonight." But your beautiful
eyes still search beneath your hair.
Your nose knows there is meatloaf.

*****

Follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer

*****

Image placeholder title

Expand your poetic vocabulary!
Learn the rules to poetic forms, the definitions to poetic terms, and read lots of poetry in John Drury's The Poetry Dictionary. This is one of those books that never leaves my desk, because I refer to it frequently.

Click here to learn more.

writing_mistakes_writers_make_relying_on_perfect_conditions_to_write_cassandra_lipp

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Relying on Perfect Conditions to Write

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is relying on perfect conditions to write.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Contest Deadline Announcement and a Flash Fiction Challenge

This week, we’re excited to announce the deadline for our Self-Published Book Awards, the guidelines for the upcoming Flash Fiction Challenge, and more!

for_the_travel_and_nature_writer_keeping_your_mimnd_sharp_and_your_words_insightful_caitlin_oconnell

For the Travel and Nature Writer: Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Words Insightful

Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares some insight for travel and nature writers, including how travel helps keep your mind sharp and words insightful, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, sports, politics, or something else entirely.

Grushin_1:23

Olga Grushin: The No Man's Land Between Genres

Award-winning author Olga Grushin discusses what it meant to wade into a new genre and how she put her spin on the fairy tale retelling.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

Weinstein_1:21

The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.

Stottlemyre_1:21

Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.

plot_twist_story_prompts_take_a_trip_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.

Probst_1:20

Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.