Write a poem every day of April with the 2020 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today’s prompt, write a praise poem.
We’ve made it through from the beginning of the month to the end (and some have been here an extra 10 days on top of that). And for that, I am thankful. Here’s to another day, another month, and another year of poeming together!
For today’s prompt, write a praise poem. Praise your health or the taste of chocolate cake. Pen an ode to normalcy (whatever that is) or expound on the wonders of your favorite pen (for me, it’s either the Pilot G-2 or Pilot Precise V5). Have a favorite song? A favorite saying? Today is a perfect day to sing its praises.
Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want. In other words, it’s more important to write a new poem than to stick to the prompt.
Get your poem on with these poetic forms!
In The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms: 100+ Poetic Form Definitions and Examples for Poets, Writer’s Digest’s resident poetry expert and former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere Robert Lee Brewer showcases more than 100 poetic forms to serve as both an informative resource and inspiration for new writing!
After all, poetic forms are essentially poetic games with rules and guidelines that can help focus poets on how to get from line one to line done. This guide includes those guidelines with an example to help writers visualize how to write their own.
Plus, it offers an incredible mix of the old favorites—like the sestina, villanelle, and pantoum—with more contemporary forms—like the fib, golden shovel, and hay(na)ku.
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Here’s my attempt at a Praise Poem:
In the end, we have to celebrate ourselves,
because there are no guarantees in this life
that others will. We hope they will, but still,
we have to believe it. We have to feel it
deep down in ourselves, those electrons
swirling without ever touching, our DNA
reaching into the past and yearning for
a future. We have to feel it deep down
that we are special, that there’s a reason
even if it’s just that one moment in winter
alone in a park beneath a full moon
looking over the city and feeling fully alive.
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