April 9, 2017: Poetry Writing Prompt – Linda Leedy Schneider

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Linda Leedy Schneider.


Try the prompt “I prefer or I do not prefer.
Another prompt could be “I want or I do not want.”

See where it they take you. Use free association and follow your mind. Write quickly without censoring or going back. You can do that later if you are looking for a finished piece.

These lists could lead to other writing prompts.

Another option is to write from a line in the poem “Possibilities.”


I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the river.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven’t mentioned here to many things I’ve also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.
~ Wislawa Szymborska ~

(Nothing Twice, translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh)

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