Poetry Prompt 7 – An Antidote to Nightmares

write a poem to help someone overcome their nightmares

 

Today’s prompt is to write a poem designed to help somebody (or yourself) to overcome their nightmares.

You might like to consider:

  • Who is the nightmare sufferer?  An adult? A child? You?
  • What is the nightmare about?
  • Is it a literal nightmare or e.g. a nightmare scenario?
  • How might you be able to sooth using your words or rhythm?

 

Today’s highlighted poem is from Writing the Roads of Grief and in it the author is transported back in time when she smells her late husband’s favourite whisky – Love and Laphroaig.

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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29 Responses to Poetry Prompt 7 – An Antidote to Nightmares

  1. Great prompt Pooky though I’m beginning to think they should be called challenges as this one is a one such challenge.

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    • PookyH says:

      That’s a good thing! I am really enjoying seeing people’s different takes on these prompts. Yesterday’s was interesting, a real mixture of sweetness and bitterness came out!

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      • charlypriest says:

        Yes, I found reading others that there was some quite bitterness coming out of some writers. I thought it was very interesting how each of us takes the idea and runs with it in different directions.

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  4. Thank you, Pooky, for featuring that particular poem. It’s particularly poignant as yesterday was his birthday. xx

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    • PookyH says:

      Oh wow, I had no idea. I love this poem and have returned to it many times. You have such a gift with words. Happy birthday Rod! So that explains why you and Big Ted raided the drinks cabinet…. xxx

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  6. CC Champagne says:

    This didn’t come out at all as I planned, but here’s my offering in any case! Great prompt: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/go-back-to-sleep/

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    • PookyH says:

      I love what you came up with – this is completely different to anything else I’ve read on your blog – but it got me thinking and I felt it was a great response to the prompt (also not at all what I imagined when I dreamt up the prompt which was literally as a result of little Ellie having nightmares so perhaps when I get around to mine it will be more lullaby-ish?) I’m LOVING seeing all the different responses people come up with to the same prompts.

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      • CC Champagne says:

        Thank you! I believe I have done stuff like this before, but it was a very, very long time ago… This is what I immediately thought of when you said that: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/illusion/
        Anyway, I look forward to seeing what you come up with and, again, thanks for the prompt! *smile*

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      • PookyH says:

        You have been blogging and writing for a LONG time… wow! Inspiring… and I loved this poem.

        esp:
        The only price you pay
        Is broken hearts
        In torn up souls

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      • CC Champagne says:

        I started writing as a kid, but blogged consistently (poems and other scribbles) for about a year (June 2011-June 2012) and then I started again now in April… And I think that Illusion was originally written in 2007 (I posted a lot of my old stuff when I first started out). Thank you for the comment on it. *smile*

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      • PookyH says:

        Are you planning to keep it up? I think you should, I think you write beautifully and it’s a certainly a real pleasure to have you around x

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      • CC Champagne says:

        Thank you! It’s always nice to hear nice things like that and I enjoy being around. Will I continue? I hope so… Perhaps (almost hopefully) not as prolific as it’s been over the past month and a half, but I really want to keep writing and not get ‘caught up in reality’. Then again, I suppose we have to live in the real world, don’t we? *sigh* So yes, I plan to keep it up, but I hope to find a little bit more of a balance in my life. Somehow. *smile*

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      • PookyH says:

        It’s all about finding balance. I find that hard too! But I hope to still find you popping up every now and then x

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      • CC Champagne says:

        Oh, right now you can’t get rid of me even if you tried! 😉

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  8. wbdeejay says:

    My submission. I read the prompt from an email during the day, so I had a few hours to consider this before sitting down to write tonight.
    https://avulnerablespace.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/hairy-and-scary-now-as-bright-as-a-fairy/

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  10. martha0stout says:

    Here’s my response for today! And I’m glad this was up, I was at a loss for what to write about until I found this.
    http://martha0stout.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/pillow-talk-poetry-prompt-7/

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