We are nearly halfway through the 9th Annual February Daily Poem Project.
For several years — in order to practice writing in community — my blog hosted a poetry project. We moved to Facebook in 2017 to accommodate the number of poets and writers who wanted to participate.
2021 Theme: Bodies
Every day, a member of the project shares a prompt related to our theme. With their permission, I am posting those prompts here on my blog, for those who’d like to follow along with the project. Your daily task is to write a poem based on that day’s body-inspired prompt.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PROJECT NEWBIES: The point of this exercise is to practice the habit of writing regularly, even if it’s just for one month.
For those of you following along, the second week’s prompts are in this post. Feel free to post your poetic responses in the comments.
Ready for the next set of prompts?
DAY 8: Monday, February 8, 2021
Prompt and photographs by Buffy Silverman (Shared with permission)
I intended to share a snowy-snout for my prompt, as that’s the body part that makes me laugh most these days. But I realized that might be too similar to Jone’s gorgeous brown-eyed pooch [from Day 6], and there might be some in the group who are not canine inspired. So I’m offering an alternative–snow-covered tree skin if you prefer. Choose either one or both for your Monday inspiration. (I’m thankful to have had a reason to take my camera out on this frigid Sunday!)
DAY 9: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Prompt from Heather Meloche (Shared with permission)
They are being watched/noticed/worried over by most everyone right now, but for me, they have been a central focus for a long time. My dad suffers daily from COPD. I also remind myself constantly to “Breathe, Heather. Breathe,” so much so that I tattooed it on my wrist as a reminder. Write about lungs or what they remind you of.
DAY 10: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Prompt from Matthew Winner (Shared with permission)
DAY 11: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Prompt from Molly Hogan (Shared with permission)
DAY 12: Friday, February 12, 2021
Prompt from Donna Smith with artwork by Donna Smith (Shared with permission)
Prompt from Margaret Simon (Shared with permission)
I am fascinated by the metaphorical use of Kintsugi, “the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — a metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections.”
In our bodies, the flaw or imperfection may be marked by a scar. In 1995, I had a herniated disc at C3, upper spine, that caused excruciating pain. I had surgery and all is well, but my neck is scarred. Most of us have scars, physical or emotional that have stories.
I love this poem by Jane Hirshfield, For What Binds Us. “all flesh
as honors given out after battle” But it’s what she says about long love that touches me most.
What stories do your scars tell? What secrets do they keep? How do you wear them?
For What Binds Us by Jane Hirshfield https://poets.org/poem/what-binds-us
Laura also recommends Youtuber Nerdwriter’s video essay on Kintsugi.
DAY 14: Sunday, February 14
Prompt from Kara Laughlin (Shared with permission)