Visual Poetry Prompt: Naked (a winter poem)

When I saw this picture, it reminded me of growing up in Utah. Watching the Wasatch mountains turn a brilliant shade of autumn, leaving naked trees to be blanketed by snow. We always had the most beautiful snowstorms! I now live in Northern California’s wine country and although I’m a summer girl, sometimes I like to take a drive up to the Sierra mountains and say hello to that old friend, snow. (Photo, with thanks, by Tim Gouw),

We’ve all been there, sitting with pen in hand, waiting for a poem to arrive. Poetry prompts are a great way to get the juices flowing on those inevitable days when a poem doesn’t show up.

Here’s the poem the photo prompted me to write.:


Look at the picture. Does it spark any ideas? Write a poem in any form (free verse, rhyme, acrostic, etc.). Feel free to share your prompted poem (or a note) in the comments below (scroll way down). Poetry is better when shared. 🙂


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