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),

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Visual Poetry Prompt: A Big Fan

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.

When I looked at the picture below, the fan stood out to me above all else. It’s such a big fan for a little desk and I found myself wondering how it might feel about it’s place in the world. That thought prompted my decision to write my poem from the fan’s point of view (personification). What would the fan say if it could talk? Here’s what I ended up with:

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