W3 Prompt #13: 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:

‘Waiting for the dark’ by A. J. Wilson

the secret of loving you, is not to allow
that invisible flame to burn too fiercely
so only I can feel the heat,
and the flicker of longed-for pain,
you say I'm 'adorable', in a matter of fact way
looking into the mirror, combing your hair
your reflection knows the reality
which is why we feel miles apart
spinning intoxicated into oblivion
tripping over cooling embers
dancing into forgetfulness
waiting for the dark

II. A. J.’s prompt guidelines

  • Write a poem of no more than 12 lines;
  • It must include the word “waiting”

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 31, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)

Last week’s W3 poem

This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by A. J. Wilson, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Mich wrote:

‘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.

51 thoughts on “W3 Prompt #13: Wea’ve Written Weekly”

  1. Please clarify for me: we are supposed to write a poem in response to the featured poem–not just any old poem that includes “waiting”? I may not be able to write a response to someone else’s poem. Thanks in advance for your response.

    1. 💙 Leyde 💙 ~ sorry – I couldn’t respond earlier due to the Jewish Sabbath.

      A “response” to the poem can mean many things – if you read the prompt poem before writing your own, you can consider that a response.

      Take Care!

      1. Thank you for your warm invitation. PS: 2 of the online churches I attend have close ties to Israel, and one of them offers Shabbat services. These churches also teach both Greek and Hebrew root word meanings of Bible scripture, as well as explaining Jewish history and culture to understand the Bible better. I love my churches, love God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.💙 Blessings to you!

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