Fowl Play

At some point in the past few weeks, Heidi Mordhorst referenced Mary Amato’s poetry prompt videos for the 12 Days of Christmas. In search of playful writing waters, I decided to check them out. Each day Mary Amato posted a short video prompt highlighting a literary technique based on that day’s line of the famous holiday song. I didn’t manage to complete all of them, but here are two I especially enjoyed.


“Form: In Paris you spy three French hens doing something unusual… Write a 3-line haiku about the hens. “

Three French hens
with innate feathered flair
catwalk down Paris’s streets

©Molly Hogan


“Alliteration: Write a song about swans. Sneak in as many s-words as possible.”

Swans*

Autumn winds are shifting
breathing winter’s sigh 
Swans are winging southward
with low and mournful cries

Silhouettes at sunrise
soaring through the sky
slicing clouds asunder
warning winter’s nigh

©Molly Hogan

*For what it’s worth, the tune for “sing a song of sixpence” was in my mind as I wrote this.

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Jone MacCulloch at her blog.

20 thoughts on “Fowl Play

  1. jama says:

    Nice job! Great idea for prompts :).

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  2. bmagee10 says:

    Your Day 7 poem is ‘swan in a million’. 🙂

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  3. lindabaie says:

    It does help to have the rhythm of a song when writing, as you did so beautifully, Molly. What a beauty you wrote about those swans & the 3 French hens, down they strut! Happy Christmas to you & family!

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  4. Molly, I love the rhythm of “Swans.” Wonderful! Happy holidays!

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  5. Very nice responses to the prompts! Love all those esses, especially “slicing clouds asunder”

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  6. cvarsalona says:

    Three French Hens are strutting their “stuff” just like models is a great image, Molly. I like your creative spirit in these poems.

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  7. maryleehahn says:

    Catwalk — HA! And your swan poem reads like an instant classic. I tried a couple of Amato’s prompts, too. I appreciated how short her videos were.

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  8. Linda Mitchell says:

    Delightful word play! I love some playful poetry right now. I’ve been hunkered down working until yesterday. Finally, today I can take a breath and be with loved ones. I will play! Thanks, Molly.

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  9. margaretsmn says:

    My favorite is the swam poem, such a delightful rhyme and rhythm. And the image of swans soaring through the sky announcing winter’s nigh conjures an old picture book scene.

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  10. Love the light humor in your “Three French hens” haiku, I’m picturing them… Your second stanza in your alliteration poem is gorgeous,
    “slicing clouds asunder
    warning winter’s nigh”
    I like the bit of foreboding in there, thanks Molly!

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  11. heidimordhorst says:

    Oh how wonderful! I sang along…and I’m very glad you enjoyed Mary’s prompts. I’m watching carefully all the things she does to make a living as a writer!

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