7-Minute Poetry Challenge #21-Inside Out, Upside Down & Backwards

Gotta love DIY videos! And the folks who take the time to find them--like daughter Lexi, who solved one of the great frustrations of my life with the link to one short clip: HOW TO PUT ON A DUVET COVER Thank you Lexi! 

WARNING: Not all DIY tips work (neither do all poetry prompts) . . .

Dang duvet cover won't behave...

Dang duvet cover won't behave...

That being said, while Lexi and I were step-by-step smoothing, rolling and unrolling our perfectly stuffed duvet, (maybe because my upper half was not fully inside the cover as usual), a 7-minute poetry prompt popped into my noggin. (And, if you have a few moments left after you finish and need a laugh, click on the DIY Projects Gone Wrong link below.) Here Goes.

Poetry Challenge #21


Begin by taking a minute to read through the poems you've already written and select one you think is HORRIBLE! or one you are excited to revise.

First: Giving yourself a pat on the back for having written it! 

Now: Mix it up. Pluck a line out of the middle and move it to the beginning; move the last line to the first; the first line to the end, etc. etc. And so forth . . . 

Why? Sometimes a poem is like a duvet cover, you've got to turn it inside out to make it work!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Mix It Up, Baby!

Have FUN!


Upside Down, Inside Out & Backwards Playlist: 

  2. DYI Projects Gone Wrong
  3. Upside Down by Joe Jackson
  4. Upside Down Boy You're Turning Me by Diana Ross
  5. Shake It Up Baby from Ferris Bueller's Day Off

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at more than 680 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

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