Poetry Potluck and Inspiration Buffet
April is National Poetry Month. We know many of you are trying to write a poem a day this month. So for our Inspiration Buffet we’re giving you a poetry prompt for every day.
You’re welcome to post your poems in the comments. Or, you can submit your poetry for consideration in our daily menu (we publish a new poem every morning). If you’d like to submit your work, visit our Submission Guidelines.
Write a poem about the home you were born in. What would that house, building, room say?
Write a poem about learning a new word for the first time. It could be a word you recently learned, one you learned long ago, or even one you taught to someone.
Write a poem where you have a conversation with an inanimate object. Talk to it. And if you’d like, let it talk back to you.
Write a poem about a dream you had recently. Dreams are a wonderful brewing ground for poetry.
Write a poem about your neighbors.
Write a poem from the perspective of yourself when you were a little kid.
Write a poem sparked by your experience of waiting in line.
Write a poem about the first thing you do in the morning.
Write a poem about something you don’t understand, something that doesn’t make sense to you.
Write a poem about not wanting to write a poem.
Write a poem about the part of your physical appearance that you least like. And love it.
Write a poem about fixing your bed.
Write a poem about a power outage, about having no electricity.
Write a poem about shopping for a gift for someone.
Write a poem about having dinner out alone.
Write a poem about getting lost while trying to get somewhere.
Write a positive poem about someone you recently insulted or criticized. Find what is poetically beautiful about them and write about it.
Write a poem about what you think is the worst part of your personality.
Write a poem about visiting someone at the hospital.
Write a poem an heirloom you have from someone who had died.
Write a poem about something you recently wanted to say but didn’t say.
Write a poem about your first car. If you never had a car, your first bike, bus ride, train ride…something that allowed you to travel on your own.
Write a poem about something you stole.
Write a poem about how people would see you if they didn’t see what you posted online and only knew you face to face.
Write a poem about something you are not able to do but wish you could do.
Write a poem about washing something.
Write a poem about not knowing where someone you once knew is now and wondering where they are.
Write a poem about laughter.
Write a poem the home of someone you know who is no longer alive.
Write a poem promising yourself something.