This week I started a new poetry prompt series that will appear each Tuesday on my blog. The idea is to create list poems from the prompts I post. Here are this week’s poems.
I want to GIVE BACK all the times my father told me I would never amount to anything.
I want to GIVE BACK all the tears I shed when my Mother told me I could not play the games that my brother and sisters played.
I want to GIVE BACK all the times in the playground when the kids laughed at me because I was different from them.
I want to GIVE BACK all the hurt I felt when I could not go places and do the things other kids did because they were impossible for me even though they looked fun.
I want to GIVE BACK all the loneliness I felt in my heart because nobody ever really took the time to understand me and so left me out of most things.
All of these collectively made me who I am today
So I want these people to GIVE BACK all the confidence and the self esteem, they stole from me.
I can then go on with my life and be the person I can be, the person I should be.
If only people GIVE BACK.
– Anne Mckenna
Give Me Back…
Knees that don’t creak
Ankles less weak
Arms that don’t flag
Stomach sans sag
But please let me keep…
Football I played
Nights of charades
Daughters I bore*
Every last Skor
* And by bore I mean gave birth too, not make them drowsy with ennui:>)
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
Give It Up
Give Me Five
Give to a Good Cause
Give at The Office
Give Some More
Give Til It Hurts
Give The Order, The Finger, Your First Born
Give a Toast
Give Your Hand
Give up the Ghost
Give Your All, Your Word, Your Right Arm
Give a Damn
see it curl
down my spine
below my waist–
it’s all mine!
quick snip for
locks of love
I no longer have her
in my life
you took away.
Shreds of tinsel
Strands of Easter grass
Chunks of fool’s gold
All the bits
I scattered through your house
& thought I didn’t need.
–Jennifer R. Hubbard
my pride in how I dress
my ability to trust
and to see the good in most people
my dog, my cat
my good credit rating and almost,
You gave back
a broken heart
a shattered dream
and finally, freedom.
— Susan Taylor Brown, all rights reserved
Dori Reads has the Poetry Friday round-up for us all today. Pour a cup of your favorite beverage and poke around at some of the great poetry that’s being shared today.
Susan, What a neat idea…and what poems. I am thinking that I would like to give back all kinds of things right now. It’s fascinating to see how many different ways and places people allowed these two words to touch them. A.
Thanks, Amy. I think it will be a fun weekly quick warm-up to go along with Laura’s Thursday 15 words or less.
These were fun to read – each with such a different take on the words “give back”.
Thanks to everyone who shared their poem, and to you for hosting also!
Thanks for the support, Jenn.
When my life GIVES BACK some of my time, I’ll definitely come over and take part in this challenge. I can’t wait to see what next week’s prompt will be/result in!
Thanks for checking them out. We’d love to have you play along.