Poetry Challenge #40-Phone Home!

It's the last day of Spring/first day of Summer and if you're like me, you are itching to get out in it. Summertime poetry awaits! But the Challenge can't! At the risk of sounding like a telemarketer: All I'm asking for is seven minutes of your time--Okay, maybe 7 and a half (I know, Liz, Sally, Claire, I couldn't resist)--and your phone number. Here goes:

Poetry Challenge #40

Phone Home


For this challenge, write your phone number (including the area code) down the page, one number on each line. That number tells how many words you need to have on each line of your poem. Zeroes are wild; you can have any number of words on a zero line.

Once you've written your poem, get rid of the numbers and add punctuation if you need it. Feel free to add or delete words to make the poem better too. (Your phone number was just to get you started.)

 Here’s an example Cindy wrote a long time ago:

Visiting St. Gaudens on a warm, summer day,
I write about nature and man-made art.
I look up
and into the woods, and hear
birds call. Crows, doves,
chickadees, and a pileated woodpecker. I mark the early
fall of leaves
and know that soon snow will cover
the grounds, burying everything in a shroud of

Now it's your turn:

Write your phone number down the page

Set the timer for 7-minutes

Start creating!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.


Phone Home Playlist:

Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge 820ish days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This prompt is Cindy's.) 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 poem. Scroll down and click on the comments.

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