W3 Prompt #12: Wea’ve Written Weekly


Dear friends,

Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.

You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:

Part I

The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.

Part II

The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.

Part III

After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.

Simple enough, right?

Okie dokie ~ Let’s do this thing!

I. The prompt poem:

‘Manila’ by Michelle Navajas


i’m missing you
like the Moon misses the Sun
when it’s out there somewhere
shedding light to the darkest of night.

why do you keep coming back
as the waves keep crashing back the shore
after its adventurous stint in the farthest sea.

how much longer will you linger over
like a silent thief at night running away
after it has stolen precious gems and jewelries.

oh, Manila what’s with you anyway
that someone like me is crazily
enchanted by you?

it’s the memory of you
and of a once beautiful story
unbounded, unscathed
by love’s wrongful ways.

*Manila- the capital city of the Philippines

II. Mich’s prompt guidelines

  • 12 lines of free verse;
  • Must include the adjective “adorable”

III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below

In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.

Submissions are open for 4 days, until Sunday, July 24, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)

Last week’s W3 poem

This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Mich, was in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Steven S. Wallace wrote:

‘Oh Luna’ by Steven S. Wallace

Oh Luna,
What do you see in that silly little planet 
That you go round and round and round?
Don’t you see?
You belong with me!
Not locked and tidal bound!!

Oh Luna,
We two lights?
We’d run this town!
My eternal fire power—and—
You? Cool as milk.
Gravity itself couldn’t hold us down!

Oh Luna,
I burn and burn and burn —
Twenty-four seven all day long —
And you just glow — effortless!
Write back soon, lovely moon!!
Play me “Major Tom.”

Oh Luna,
I know you’ve got a shine for me.
But I’ve seen your dark side
That Earth never sees.
Spin away, this very day!
Eclipse my light and pride.

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