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.
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.