Poetry Prompt: Confusing Figure of Speech

Write a poem inspired by a confusing figure of speech

Today’s prompt is to write a poem inspired by a figure of speech that is used commonly in your country but could easily be misunderstood by a foreigner, or a child.

I live in London so I could consider using the following idioms:

  • Raining cats and dogs
  • Get on like a house on fire
  • The cat’s got your tongue
  • Chew the fat
  • All talk no trousers

You get the idea..  You can take any approach to your poem that you like, but it might help you to think about:

  • What does the phrase you’ve chosen mean?
  • What might people think it means?
  • Why did you choose this particular phrase?
  • Do you remember the first time you heard it or being confused by it as a kid?
  • Should your poem explain or explore the phrase or just use it in passing?
  • Should your poem use the phrase at all or just allude to it?
  • Should your poem tell the story of a misunderstanding based on your phrase?
  • Should your poem include one or several idioms / phrases

Feel free to interpret the brief as you see fit.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Please paste your poem below in the comments either in its entirety, as a link or both.  Take a moment to read what other people have come up with too and to leave an encouraging comment for them if you have time.

In addition to providing a daily prompt, I highlight a poem each day written by one of you.  Please help to be my eyes and ears by letting me know if you read (or write) a poem that especially inspires you.

Today’s highlighted poem features on the blog Morpethroad and is a very sinister fairytale: The Princess’ Head

Happy reading, happy writing -and if you do write, don’t forget to post your poem in the comments below so we can all enjoy it.

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20 Responses to Poetry Prompt: Confusing Figure of Speech

  1. Thank you Pooky I am very flattered.

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  4. Charlie Alford says:

    Hi! It’s been raining cats and dogs today so I thought I’d give your challenge a try and had great time doing it. Here is my attempt: http://wp.me/pC97a-8Y 🙂

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  5. parth893 says:

    Thats wonderful ☺ happy written

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  7. wbdeejay says:

    Well this turned into a bit of an epic write, as I did some research and felt drawn to using quite a collection of Aussie coloquialisms followed by the subsequent need for a translated version. Almost two poems for the price of one!
    https://avulnerablespace.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/love-drunk-bogans-ocker-slang/

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