This Thursday is Earth Day. April is also National Poetry Month in the United States. So, for this week, let’s write a poem for Earth Day. 

Full disclosure: I am not a poet and don’t typically write poetry… so, why am I writing one this week then?

Daily Drafts & Dialogues writing prompts like this one challenge me to get outside of my comfort zone when I’m writing. Writing prompts like this one also allow me to continue to bend and shape my writing skills and imagination. 

I don’t ever want to get stuck in a writing funk, or only ever see the world through a singular lens because I only write one type of thing all the time. Do you?  

I’m not saying my poem for Earth Day will be any “good,” mind you. But I’m not necessarily wanting to write a poem that’s “good” either. I want to write a draft of a poem for Earth Day this week because it will encourage me to purposefully do four things when writing:

  1. Think about and write about the Earth and its current state
  2. Encounter and process my feelings about the Earth and what I think about it through the process of writing
  3. Stretch the bounds of my creativity when writing
  4. Learn more about the nuances of writing a poem

Don’t get me wrong. I hope the draft of the poem I write for Earth Day this week will be… interesting or resonant in some capacity, at the very least. But it might take me longer than a week to write the best poem possible. And it might take more than one draft to mold the poem I write into the best version of what it’s meant or could potentially be. Still, I’ll start with this week’s draft and go from there. 

As I complete a draft of this week’s writing prompt, I’m looking forward to uncovering more about my perceptions of the Earth and its current state. And what I think and feel about it. I’m also looking forward to stretching my limits as a writer, as I believe I always should be.  

You might already write poetry on a regular basis. If so, use this week’s writing prompt to test the limits of what you typically write too. And how you write about it. Then share what you’ve written with us. 

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