4.01.2013

Prompts for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 1: Prepare


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopToday is the first day of the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — no April Fooling!

We'll be writing at least one parenting-themed poem a week on an overarching parenting theme, which I'll post on Mondays. On Fridays, I'll post a linkup so we can all share what we've been working on, and then we'll enjoy reading each other's work.

I'll also post daily prompts for the week in advance, both to give you more of an idea of what the theme represents, and for any overachievers who want to write more than one poem a week! Remember, anyone who writes and posts a poem for each day of the challenge automatically wins a prize copy of Poetry of a Hobo Mama, and anyone who writes and posts at least weekly will be entered into a drawing for one.

For full details and to grab a badge, see the intro post.

Now it's time to get writing! Ready?

The first week's theme is

Prepare


This week we're considering the planning and waiting that goes into considering parenting: fertility, conception, loss, frustration, anticipation, and hope. The theme and prompts are springboards, so feel free to interpret them in the way they inspire you. Obviously, we are all at different stages in the parenting journey, so we'll need to write according to where we're at. (To be eligible for a prize, poems must make a good effort at relating, at least loosely, to the theme or prompts.)

Optional daily prompts:

April 1: Fertile: Write a poem about fecundity, cycles, or conception.
April 2: Waiting: Waiting to conceive, waiting after a loss, waiting for milestones, waiting for the birth … write a poem about those in-limbo moments on the journey.
April 3: Body: Write a poem celebrating — or bemoaning — the physicality of pregnancy. Muse on the beautiful shape or the discouraging aches and pains.
April 4: Nesting: Consider those days of collecting baby things, shaking out hand-me-downs, and cleaning a space for the new life.
April 5: Taking care: How do you pamper yourself or your growing baby?
April 6: Fears: What scares you about the future with your children? What scared you before you had them?
April 7: Hope: What excites you about the future, or what did you look forward to?

Write your poem anytime this week on the theme of Prepare (or go for gold and write on one or more of the daily prompts). If you're blogging along, post it (them) on your blog sometime before next Monday. On Friday, I'll provide a linkup post where you can add your link(s) or paste your poem(s) into the comments whenever you're ready.

I'm looking forward to seeing what we all write this week! Happy poeming!
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