From the tantalizing to the satisfyingly sober, have your poem convey a sense of pleasure today. Imbue it with joy, glee, and profound contentment — or, if you wish to keep it dark, write about the lack of or longing for pleasure in your life.
You’re reading these words on a screen. Screens — comforting, addictive, inescapable — are everywhere, especially when we read and write (and blog). Today, write a poem about, against, or in homage to the screens in your life. Or write about some other kind of screen — for example, the one stretched across your window, or the piece of cloth on which movies are projected at the theater.
It chased me in my dreams
it chases me when I wake
why do you follow me
into the bathroom?
why do you care what I eat
what I wear
what I think?
Are you a God? A Devil? A Demon?
You judge my harshly Facebook, you frown upon me, scold me
When I chose to think
or chose to be
You ask when I sin
when I vote
when I’m good
and when I’m bad.
Did I fly a Rainbow flag?
Did I weep for the kittens
left in a bag, on a road
defenseless in the cold?
Do you think you
My Mom or my Dad?
Because I know you are not
I’m glad you’re not.
in your cyberbones.
I wish we could
pull your plug, cut your cord
to the very end
of each and every day.
How can we turn you off, turn you away, live for the moment
We find faults in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us all the time. Today, write a poem about the imperfect nature of someone or something, whether you accept these imperfections or complain about them, try to fix them or celebrate them.
I want to be a Nightmare and fly from head to head
I want to be the night terror where you fall and wake up dead.
I want to be the vision that makes you scream and cry.
Today, write a poem about a journey. You could channel your excitement about a trip you’re about to embark on (or just returned from), comment on the mental progress you witnessed someone make, or focus on the struggles, pleasures, and extreme emotions that travel can bring about.
Whether it’s about a time they saved your life or a moment when they disappointed you, write today’s poem about a friend: a person, an animal, or even a fictional character that’s close to your heart. You could also address a group of people, or an object that represents friendship for you.
The boat we sank was old
trusty, rusty and worn
We took her out, we cut her deep
and we let her sink alone
One of us could have turned back
and stayed with her until her end
One of us could have watched her drown
but we closed our eyes instead
When the mist crawls from the Sea
and visits us in our sleep
We tell ourselves it was all dream
dawn will set us free
But the Sea was real
and she did drown
and we all watched her die
We stood safe, we closed our eyes
and denied our heartless deed.
This is our punishment, our endless nightmare now:
For today’s poem, take a single face you know as your point of departure. It doesn’t even have to be a real-life, flesh-and-blood face you’re writing about. Faces are everywhere in the texture of our daily lives: from portraits in the museum to the banknotes in our wallets, and from billboards and street art to online profile pictures.