Weekly Writing Prompt 2/26
From a workshop on Love, taught by SOL’s own Ginger Marhshall!
LOVE POETRY workshop
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear—
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder o’er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight,
For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.
Awed by her splendor
Awed by her splendor
stars near the lovely
moon cover their own
is roundest and lights
earth with her silver
That man is a peer of the gods, who
face to face sits listening at her side, who
to your sweet speech and lovely laughter.
It is this that rouses a tumult
in my breast. At mere sight of you
my voice falters, my tongue
Straightways, a delicate fire runs in
my limbs; my eyes
are blinded and my ears
Sweat pours out: a trembling hunts
me down. I grow
paler than grass and lack little
Check in : if you could be a cheesy, valentine’s day product, what would it be?
Write down two things that “go together” in a cliché way (ex: peanutbutter and jelly, milk
and cookies), one on each slip of paper. Put them in a pile, and pick up any two. (3 mins)
Fill in the blanks:
You are the ______ to my ______
And continue the poem trying to come up with a defense of how one thing cannot exist
without the other.
Write down a problem that’s been nagging at you (hurt ankle, lack of humor) and something
that fixes it (ace bandage, laughter). Write each one down on a separate sheet of paper, put
them in the middle and exchange them. (3 mins)
You are the _____ to my _____
Again, try to make the first element fix the second problem.
[Share] (5 mins)
Shihan “like love”
Serious love poem:
This is going to be a free-flowing writing exercise. I’m going to guide your story, and all you
have to do is keep your pen moving. Don’t sensor. You don’t have to share. You have two
minutes for each section.
Think about what you loved when you were six. Was it barbies? Your parents? Grass stains?
Write about a memory you have where you are doing or seeing or holding that thing that you
Now you in elementary school and some kid is being mean to you. What is he or she saying?
What do you do?
Think about your first best friend. What is something you never told them? Write it down.
Now you are thirteen and you see your first infatuation. Where is it? What do they look like?
What are the dreams you have in your head about them?
Now you are fifteen and you’ve just discovered what you want to do for the rest of your life.
What is it? What do you want to study? Why?
You are eighteen and you are leaving your family for college. What did you say to them?
What did you wish you said to them?
Now think about the last time you were terrified. Who or what was the fear? Who or what
comforted you? Who do you wish had been there?
Now you have children. They are falling in love all over the place. What do you tell them?
Share if you want to or choose one memory and continue with this. Or go farther with the
silly love poem.