poetic challenge

All my writing projects have come to a bit of a halt recently (there’s been too much else going on and I’ve been struggling to focus) but I’ve been keeping my finger in the creative pie by trying a few writing challenges.

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I’ve already done a ‘ten to one‘ micro fiction and and A to Z story and my latest burst of creativity is an attempt at a 7x7x7x7 poem. The idea with this is to go to a book shelf, take the seventh book, turn to page seven and find the seventh sentence – this then becomes the first line of a seven line poem. Here’s mine:


Small neat ears and thick silky hair.

Huge limpid eyes that enrapture and stare.

My profile is noble; a cause of delight.

My cheeks are… all furry?! That doesn’t seem right!

And whiskers? And claws? What on earth can this mean?

Argh, No! A long tail! I think I might scream!

Oh thank f**k – it was only a dream.


The book was The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. As you might guess, that first line is a description of Rat. I ended up using that fact as inspiration for the whole poem (it could have gone anywhere really as it was a usefully vague description). I also managed to fit the poem in with this week’s prompt which was ‘Dream’ – thanks for the extra inspiration Sara!



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24 thoughts on “poetic challenge

  1. Nicola Young

    That’s a good one. These are fun aren’t they? I thought I would find it difficult because I don’t often write poems. I like how you have used the dream prompt. It works really well with. The sentence you started with.

  2. Dana

    I love this Maddy! What a fun exercise to do, so great to keep the brain going during stressful times, and I just adore your sense of humor.

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This really made me smile, especially when I got to the last line. Such a fun poem, fabulous! I’m going to have to try this one too, I really enjoyed the 10-1 and I’ve been playing with the A-Z… Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

  4. Lisa from Lisa's Life

    That’s brilliant! I’ve just seen this challenge elsewhere, it may feature on my prose for thought attempt one week soon :)


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