When’s the last time you let your creativity take you in a poetic direction? It’s been a while for me, that’s for sure. But today’s writing prompt will likely change all that. Check it out, along with my completed version of the writing prompt: Rolling with the tides.

rolling tides on shore
Created in Canva by K.E. Creighton

Today’s Writing Prompt: Rolling with the tides

For today, write a poem of sorts with five lines that includes five sentences with five words in each line. Rhyming is optional, although it might make what you write flow better. Challenge yourself to start each new sentence with a different word so that no sentence begins with the same word. Either way, roll with the tides of your creativity today and see where they take you. Just stick to writing five lines with five sentences with five words.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Rolling with the tides, by K.E. Creighton

I roll with low tides. But then they spin away. And I cannot feel waves. Any longer when I take. A glance up to look.

While the shore is underfoot. Heavy in between my toes. The sand sinks me low. Into the grey and grainy. No longer free to roam.

Surfing fizzles out with foam. Washing out the shrinking reef. Warning of the barren follies. Trenched by crude manmade vessels. Floating plastic and oil spout.

Flowing as breaks even out. Where the sun buried life. Scorching and melting it all. Dusk fills the bare coast. Now washing dregs from sight.

Expanded by the waning light. Aligning with the full moon. Flooding beaches with new viability. Tracing the waterfront with silver. That fool’s gold silently blooms.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

I’m not sure I would call what I wrote above poetry. At least, it isn’t poetry according to any form of poetry that currently exists that I’m aware of. Nonetheless, it was challenging to write and took a bit of creativity and experimentation. I wanted to mimic the ebbs and flows of the tide throughout the day, and comment on the current state of our oceans and ocean life. I also wanted each line to increase in its complexity as if they were contributing to a tide of words swelling.

If you complete this writing prompt, be sure to share your draft with members of our writing community. We’d love to read it! Be sure to tag #DailyDraftsAndDialogues and @kecreighton on Medium, WordPress, or Facebook, so we can read what you write for this writing prompt. Get creative! Let’s see how many different versions of this prompt can be written.

Join 438 other subscribers