|The Moon as seen from the International Space Station,|
hanging over the limb of the Earth. Not your standard
view of the Moon - this image evokes something new.
- Don't write cliches. Cliched poems include poetry about the Moon, your dog, and your breakup.
- Don't use epigraphs. These are those bits of quotes or song lyrics at the top of your writing showing your inspiration source.
- Don't use a word in all capitals. This is SHOUTING in your poem.
- Don't write "doggerel" forms like Limericks or "Greeting Card" verse.
- Don't break classic forms. For example, don't change the standard rhyme scheme of a sonnet.
- Always be honest. The standard wisdom is that the truth resonates with the reader.
There is no "For something more specific ..." today! Just go and break rules.
Of course I'll be breaking the rules with some aspect of sci-fi, horror, or fantasy. Maybe it is time for yet another poem about the Moon ...
Did you use this or one of our other prompts? You can post your poem in our comments, if you like.
Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credits: Moon, NASA