Poetic Responses – I’ve Been Prompted #6




I asked everyone to write for a list of ten words last week and didn’t hear anything, but I thought I’d share that yes, I have finally written again for the prompt.  It took me a while, not that I had the previous poem in my mind at the time – but the words were not always easy to formulate an idea this time.  However, once I finally stopped making excuses and sat down to write, I am very glad I tried it again.


Here is the list, in case you have missed it:



I am certain – that if I were to do this list many, many times – each poem would have its own identity.  I love that about prompts.  Whether attempted by different people or even the same person in different places and a different mentality when sitting down to write – the poem takes on its own form, guided by the chosen words.


This time, you will notice – I wrote using all of the words, except hop.  I could have put it into the poem, but it would have taken away from the poems purpose, I think.  So – here is my second attempt at the words.  Feel free to join in if you are inspired to do so.  Just share the link to your post in the comments.  Should you be passing my page for the first time, you can look at the previous poem I had written for this prompt here.


Sometimes, we feel

We are stuck in a box

Sides folded in –

And we can barely see

Outside their massive walls

Sometimes – those boxes

Are ones we impose on ourselves

Perhaps to protect

Perhaps to shelter ourselves

From the growing numbness

The disconnect

That we often feel

And sometimes – they are walls

Built mightily high

By everything else.

We call out

With all of our hope

Our fears looming large

In the distance

And our words

Go seemingly unheard

Until, hoarse

From all our soulful longing,

We lay voiceless

And spent.

We have company,

You know –

If you think of it

For just the same,

There are others who

Peer over their boxes too

Wondering the pricey toll

That self-sacrifice

Stamps upon our weary heads.

Is it enough –

To just seal the sides?

Seek refuge in a lid?

But our hearts

Continue to wrap themselves

Around the greater good

For how can one take

Another sincere breath

Without caring

About what is

Outside of ourselves?

Yes, we are weary

From the fight

And though our backs

Are slumped

From momentary fatigue,

We join hands

And know there’s more

Than a grain of truth

In “together we can overcome.”

Though the world

May flatter itself

With sugar-coated promises

And an overt desire

To conquer at any price –

Our souls are not meant

To be sold.


(c) Sumyanna 2016



A grand thanks to my dear friend Seema, who has taken up the challenge.  Please see where the words took her in her wonderful write: Before Her Love


Another amazing write for the prompt by Senendipitous Web Life.  What an enjoyable read!




13 Comments Add yours

  1. Milka says:

    You wove these words into a beautiful and intelligent tapestry! I tried the prompt, too. I admit, it was very, very difficult!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      You did a wonderful job Milka 🙂 I really enjoyed what you wrote. Will add a link here if that is okay.


  2. Serendipitous Web Life. : ) says:

    I hope it’s okay, I decided to give it a try. Here’s my first attempt at a prompt like this:
    I hope the link posts??
    I only got nine… : (

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Oh gosh – I already added your links. I loved what you wrote 🙂 Thank you so very much for joining in!

      Hey – I only got nine, so no worries. I personally don’t stress so much about getting them all and I will even (sometimes) change a word to suit the poem, like using danced instead of dance, for example. There is a lot of flexibility, but it is an amazing exercise because the words may take you in directions you did not expect.

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  3. oh God Sum,this is very beautiful and profound,FANTASTIC in fact,both your poems are great,soulful writes,great work girlie…
    my take on this prompt is ashamed now 🙂 wants to hide but though ugly it is my baby i will let it see light…sigh :)) please click on the following link to see my baby :)) I’m a little silly today because today’s Saturday!!! yay yay yay 🙂
    Thank you for the prompt 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Oh, my heart! So glad you liked it. I wrote it while taking the kid’s ice skating the other day. I finally had a moment to think 🙂 Oh, you should never be ashamed of your own view – you words were wonderful Seema. Look, no matter how we write, it is always different from someone else. Never take away the beauty of your own view and words. I truly enjoyed your take on the prompt.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I loved it,really great and relate to it,i guess everyone does to some extent,and happy that you like …i agree we all write so differently,each a different style 🙂 love and hugs and look forward to the next prompt 🙂 ♥♥♥


        1. Sumyanna says:

          I will post it soon. Not sure if today – today is crazy busy, but you never know 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

          1. anyday is fine Sum,you take care,hope you get some time for yourself 🙂 love and hugs always 🙂


          2. Sumyanna says:

            Going to do it today if I get a chance. I personally cannot wait 🙂

            Liked by 1 person

          3. take your time 🙂 ❤


          4. Sumyanna says:

            Oh no! Now I’m a liar 🙂 Only kidding. Just got busy and trying to make sure to enjoy every moment before it passes. Sorry!

            Liked by 1 person

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