Poetry Prompt 15 – The Meaning of Life

write a poem which explores or explains the meaning of life

Today’s prompt is to write a poem which explores or explains the meaning of life. 

You might like to consider:

  • What is the meaning of life in your point of view, and in the point of view of others?
  • Whose viewpoint should the poem be written from?
  • Who is your intended audience? Adults? Children?
  • Should you try to be humorous?
  • Should you present one or multiple viewpoints in your poem?
  • Should you explore the meaning of life, explain it or both?
  • Should your poem raise questions or answer them or both?
  • What kind of response might you hope to evoke from your readers?


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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18 Responses to Poetry Prompt 15 – The Meaning of Life

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  3. Charlie Alford says:

    I had a great journey with this one today. Thanks. Here’s my effort http://alwayschum.com/2014/05/15/thoughtsonlife/ 🙂


  4. Darcsunshine says:

    You really got my wheels turning. Thanks! http://darcsunshine.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/the-mystery-of-life/


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  6. CC Champagne says:

    Can’t believe I didn’t get round to this today… *sob, sob* Will try to jump in on tomorrow’s one in stead! Still really loved this prompt though!


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  8. Darcsunshine says:

    Here is my poem..
    .One day I met a wise old man
    Who was sitting in the park
    And there upon the bench with him
    We talked ‘till early dark

    He told me of his travels
    To a far off distant land
    Where the secret meaning of our lives
    Was taught to him first hand

    I listened to his story
    Amazed by what he said
    The simple truth of which he spoke
    Was knowledge not widespread

    In great detail he did explain
    What life was all about
    And how the answer we do seek
    We don’t have to be without

    There was something in his message
    That I could not reject
    A wisdom that I understood
    So simple and direct

    My life forever has been changed
    By the words I heard that day
    A concept old as life itself
    And by far the one true way

    An answer to the question why
    And the reason we exist
    Solutions I would not now know
    If my walk that day was missed

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  9. wbdeejay says:

    Prompt met through my favourite poetic form, single word lines. Thanks for the inspiration, I did not expect to manage this.


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