This is a fun addition to any journal. No, it isn’t actually a ten word poem. It involves using ten random words with no apparent commonality within a poem, preferably one for each line. This technique can be adjusted to include a theme or be perfectly unexpected. I prefer the unexpected.
I have provided ten words for you to use below or you can use ten words chosen at random from your dictionary, your favorite book or anywhere there are words. You can even use an old journal. Open up the book, close your eyes and point (ten times).
Once you have your ten words pick a theme (or not) and then let your creativity strike and your thoughts slide. Feel free to move the words around or create stanza breaks but each word must be on a separate line. Work on a problem or run away from one. This is one activity with so many possibilities. Go where the words lead you. Have fun with it. You can find more writing prompts at The Write Prompts blog.
Here are 10 words to get you started:
*The Sweetness of Mangos* ~ M. E. Wood
mangos in the morning,
the ridge of his upper lip,
a harp playing in the background,
necessary things for my fantasy.
shredded fruit-roll-up smells
invade my nostrils like an army,
leaving nothing but residual wishes
in my gypsy mind.
human relations forced full
of kindness and sweetness of mangos.