Poetry Prompt 6 – An Unlikely Thank You

Write a poem of thanks to someone who would least expect it


Today’s prompt is to write a poem of thanks to someone you know or have encountered who would be surprised by your gratitude.  This might be because they are not used to being thanked (the man who delivers your groceries so swiftly and courteously each week) or because they do not realise how grateful you are to them (your sister who always picks you up when you’re down).

You might like to consider:

  • Who is your poem for, what is special about them?
  • Why are you thanking them?
  • Should you talk in general terms about your gratitude or is there a specific incident you wish to draw on?
  • How do you think that person felt when carrying out the deed for which you are grateful?
  • Do you think this person does similar things for other people?
  • What sets this person apart from others doing a similar role / with whom you have a similar relationship
  • Do you think there are others that would want to join you in your thanks? Who? Why?
  • How do you think this poem will make the person you are thanking feel?

Today’s highlighted poem is from Julia’s Place and it considers Tulips. I especially love the second line.

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

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27 Responses to Poetry Prompt 6 – An Unlikely Thank You

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  3. CC Champagne says:

    Ah, how unbelievably cathartic… Thank you so much for this one – and here’s my offering: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/thank-you/


  4. charlypriest says:

    Hey there Pooky! Thanks for the prompt again. Didn´t know it was all days, that´s a relief. Here is my little attempt at writing something resembling a poem or whatever you want to call it. http://charlypriest.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/thanks-poem-prompt/

    Again thanks, and please be critical if you see whatever you see with your trained eye.


    • PookyH says:

      THanks for joining in Charly – I’ll write a prompt every day – you just join when you like the look of it. Always happy to have you for a ride.

      I’m afraid I can’t claim my eye is trained, unless we go with the monkeys typing Shakespeare Principle, that 8 months into writing a poem a day I should be making some progress… 😉 x


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    • PookyH says:

      this was rather a different take on the prompt! I could imagine this read as a slam piece…


      • rather recently i became the target of the progressive elite in the town i live in, having my name smashed because of activist jealousy (????) and the extreme reaction to the extreme conditions in our state. i have also been dealing w an unknown neurological disability. writing has saved my life lately. it is a purging, a cleansing of psychic debris. thank you so much for your encouragement! and thank you for the prompts! that is really rad, although most of the time i am undisciplined and just sit in front of the computer, hands resting on the keyboard. but i think that is what i like the most about the prompts-it provides a me with a focus and a discipline to work toward. i may not always be able to put something down, but i am still working my mind to incorporate these themes. thank you for that!!!!!


      • PookyH says:

        it sounds like you’re going through some really difficult times. I’m sorry.


      • i kinda prefer to look at it from the perspective that i have a lot of lessons to learn. with my physical illness i need to remember that i am strong enough to fight. that is so easy to forget. so these crazy antics by insecure ppl force me to recognize i have gotten through it unscathed…pissed off but in tact. thank you so much for being supportive. it means so much, honestly. 🙂


  6. CC Champagne says:

    Oh, Pooky, while I’m at it… Is there anyway you can change the settings of your blog so that when we click through to the links it opens them in a different window? I just feel like it might be easier for us to come back and find other links for poems to read if we don’t have to put the name of your blog in (or go back, back and back again) every time. Just a thought… *smile*


    • PookyH says:

      DO you mean the links in my post or the links in the comments? I will try and make sure I tick the appropriate box for the links in the post but I’m not sure I can control it for links in the comments… but I’ll look into it…


      • CC Champagne says:

        I mean the comment-links… Now that I think of it, I’m not sure you can either… *sigh* Sorry, I might have spoken quicker than my mind works… If it does work it would still be great… If not, it’s still great that you give us all these wonderful prompts! *smile*


      • PookyH says:

        I’m not sure if it works in all browsers but certainly in chrome, if you click on a link with the roller button instead of the right hand mouse button then it automatically opens in a new tab. Or you can right click and choose to open in a new tab. I agree though, I don’t see why it’s not always just automatic…


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