Poetry Prompt 9 – Open With a Question

Write a poem that opens with a question


Today’s prompt is to write a poem that opens with a question.

You might like to consider:

  • Who is asking the question?
  • Is the question actual or rhetorical?
  • Should your poem attempt to answer the question?
  • Should you ask further questions in your poem?
  • Could the question be interpreted in more than one way?
  • Should the poem take the form of a conversation?
  • Should the poem ask a question or questions of the reader?


Today’s highlighted poem is Zara’s Son over at Cupcakes Rule the Atmosphere. I was really taken with how the author used rhyme to make it sound light-hearted despite the fact the story it tells is really very serious.

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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39 Responses to Poetry Prompt 9 – Open With a Question

  1. CC Champagne says:

    Just wrote one that started with a question for last night’s d’Verse Poets Pub’s Meet the Bar… *sigh* Will try to do another one later, but have promised myself not to get stuck on the computer all day again!!! *smile* Wonderful prompt! Thank you so much for doing this (have you thought of getting a Mr Linky gadget/widget/thing for you and everyone else to post their links in? I have no idea how it works, but it might be an idea as this grows with more people participating)


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  3. colonialist says:

    The question here is one needs a good question. One of my favourite chunks of Shakespeare:

    What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
    Present mirth hath present laughter;
    What ‘s to come is still unsure:
    In delay there lies no plenty,
    Then come kiss me, sweet-and-twenty!
    Youth ‘s a stuff will not endure.

    That’ll take some beating! I think I’ll go for something simpler.like what is the meaning of life, the universe, and all of that.


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  6. Here’s my first contribution. I read your prompt, Pooky, and the words just flowed. x

    Another Mother’s Day

    Why did she spend that Mother’s Day
    At a conference?
    In 26 years
    They’d never
    Spent a Mother’s Day apart
    He rang her
    Sang happy mother’s day
    To the tune of happy birthday.
    She’d laughed
    Told him she loved him
    And was feeling a little sad
    They were not together
    He told her
    He was happy she was doing something for herself
    Wanted her to think of it
    As his gift to her
    They chatted for a while
    About what they’d do
    Next Mother’s Day
    Shared another ‘I love you’
    Then said goodbye
    Three months later
    Her son was dead
    How could she have not known
    They would never share
    Another Mother’s Day?

    Tricia 5/2014

    Liked by 2 people

  7. CC Champagne says:

    And here’s my piece of crazy for the day: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/mr-snail/

    Liked by 1 person

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  9. I have one in mind for this but himself and I are currently fighting over Derek the laptop as he’s been in hospital to be cured of the virus I gave him!


    • PookyH says:

      Oh dear. I’ve just had to move onto a new laptop this week after my old one has become a bit of an intensive care case. I hope yours feels better soon!


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  11. My whole week at work, I feel like I was on a long trip…completely forgot about your prompts…thank you for allowing me to do some. I love questions!! http://tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/why-do-you-believe/


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