In The Direction Of Hope {poetry prompt}

I am loving the weekly challenge of creating a new poetry prompt. But I am also getting fatigued with life in general, and I am realizing there are some things I need to adjust in order to keep my spirit from breaking. So, for at least the next two months, I will be doing only one poetry prompt for the whole month. The link-up will be open until the end of the month, and you can add your poem at any time.

On the bright side, this gives us all more time to work on our poems, giving them a little extra tweaking, and also the opportunity to invite our friends into the spirit of trying new things. Please spread the word and encourage others to join up with us for our perfectly imperfect poetry. I would encourage you to share this post weekly, as a gentle reminder in our fast-paced world that the opportunity remains relevant and available throughout the month.

For the remaining Thursdays, I would like to talk about the poet’s toolbox: the things that I have found useful for building, revising, and polishing my own poetry. It is my hope that not only do we practice some first draft challenges, but that we also move some of our poems into the scary realm of growth: gentle editing and patient rewriting. (The example poem will be first draft for the sake of getting this post published in due time.)

For our poetry prompt, I’d like us to devote the month of November to a theme of gratitude. I know we have touched on this theme before, but as we move through this month with the waning of the season, the approaching cold and encroaching darkness, let us purpose to steer our hearts toward the hope and celebration of Advent, which will be our focus in December.

For more advent preparation, I highly encourage you to head over to my friend Brenna’s place, and join her purposeful approach to a devotional Advent season.

Prompt: Movement Toward Hope

Instructions:

1. Create two lines of verse at a time, contrasting a troubling thing with a hopeful thing.

2. Name two thoughts, beginning with a difficult thing on the first line and ending with a hopeful thing on the second line. Do this for each “couplet.” (Traditionally a couplet will rhyme, and the syllables in each line will be equal, but you do not have to do all that today unless it appeals. Just write two lines of verse that are related to the same thought.)

1st: A thing that is heavy; a thing that is light.

2nd: A thing that is broken; a thing that is being restored.

3rd: A thing that feels scary; a thing that feels secure.

4th: A thing that is ending; a thing that is beginning.

5th: A thing that frustrates; a thing that fulfills.

6th: A thing that feels futile; a thing that brings hope.

etc. (Use your imagination and come up with your own.)

3. The purpose is to get the mind to move from the fixation on what is wrong within the world toward a posture of gratitude for the things that are right and good and beautiful. The things that bring us hope.

4. Add your post to the link-up. I will leave this one open until November 30th, so please share with your friends and encourage them to participate.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section on this post or use the contact form on my about page.

Example:

Overcast sky and bitter winds for days

Roses, red and white, inside a glass vase

 

Unfulfilled dreams are hard to bid farewell

Love remains in the hearts with whom I dwell

 

Worries emerge when the money is tight

My husband smiles and says we’ll be alright

 

The week is long and exhausting my grace

A smile dawns on my youngest son’s face

 

Sometimes my work is more effort than fun

Yet nothing fulfills like a job well done

 

Fears may rise, with a future hard to see

But love is strong, and the truth can set free

 
Jamie Bagley