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:
The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.
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.
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:
‘Longing for water’ by Britta Benson
Longing for water, want of drifting. My speck in amongst souls, like plankton. Food for someone. Longing for water, medium of flow and undertow. One continuous journey with the murmurs of a heartbeat that does not need to arrive. Longing for water, the tickling freshness of currents. Temperature changes in swirls. To be nothing in something and everything in this all. Longing for water. When I’m truly rested in the ease of travel, I’ll remember who I am. And then, I’ll swim.
II. Britta’s prompt guideline
- Include the name of a city (town, village) in your poem
- This could be your home town, or a place you have never been to but long to go, a travel memory, a dream, a tour guide…
- Maybe you’ll find that a particular form of poetry expresses a sense of that particular place perfectly?
- Is there such a thing as a tanka town? A haiku hamlet? A villanelle village? Or perhaps, your chosen city is more of a free verse kind of hangout?
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, August 14, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)
Last week’s W3 poem
This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Britta, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Sylvia Cognac wrote:
‘Cold Feet’ by Sylvia Cognac
Waiting to feel safe with you You seem to be just right Right like all the other men Men who left me by day light I try to hide my insecurities Insecurities might spoil things Things that work out for almost everyone Everyone else wears wedding rings You’re adorable, but I’m silent Silent because I don’t know how to express Express that I want you, but I’m terrified Terrified I can’t live up to this white dress