Writing Prompt: Games and Poetry

By Marilyn Friedman

I hope that you are enjoying your April so far. Did you know that it’s National Poetry month? The free writing prompt  below will help you find your inner poet, even if you didn’t know that you had one!

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Writing Prompt: Make a list of your 5 favorite games (e.g. Monopoly, Poker, Twister, etc). Pick one. Now make a list of 3 specific things that you love about the game that are unique to that game (e.g. pink, blue, and gold money, owning a railroad). You can use the poem below as inspiration! You could even write an ode poem to the game praising everything that you love about it or a story that involves the game. Now write for ten minutes and then post the results of your write in the comments of this blog!


Monopoly
by Connie Wanek

We used to play, long before we bought real houses.
A roll of the dice could send a girl to jail.
The money was pink, blue, gold as well as green,
and we could own a whole railroad
or speculate in hotels where others dreaded staying:
the cost was extortionary.

At last one person would own everything,
every teaspoon in the dining car, every spike
driven into the planks by immigrants,
every crooked mayor.
But then, with only the clothes on our backs,
we ran outside, laughing.

Write about your favorite game.  Post your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog, and you could win a free class!