Writing prompt of the day: Write a minute poem.

Writing prompt of the day: Write a minute poem.

The minute poem is written in iambic meter (an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable like delay) and consists of three quatrains with a total of 60 syllables (and 60 seconds add up to a minute).   

Here are the syllabic structure and rhyme scheme of each quatrain:

8 syllables (a)

4 syllables (a)

4 syllables (b)

4 syllables (b)

 

8 syllables (c)

4 syllables (c)

4 syllables (d)

4 syllables (d)

 

8 syllables (e)

4 syllables (e)

4 syllables (f)

4 syllables (f)

Your writing challenge is to write your own ROUGH minute poem in ONE day. Remember, the goal is to write, not to make it perfect.

Here is my rough attempt to write a minute poem.

After writing this poem, I want to say to all the daughters who have cowardly fathers: YOU DESERVE MORE.

A feeble knock

A father who cannot express

His love compressed

Inside a box

With fear he knocks

Submissive to a tortured mind,

His hand resigned

To knock no more,

Himself abhor.

To keep himself enclosed, what cost?

His daughter lost,

His heart decayed,

A choice he paid.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Once you finish your rough draft, share it in the comments below to keep yourself accountable.

Keep satisfying your writer soul by writing!

Rachel Michelle

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