Poetry Prompts for Lovers

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Today’s poetry prompts are for lovers.

Poetry is one of the most magical forms of self-expression. You can express thoughts, ideas, and feelings in a poem that are otherwise difficult, or even impossible, to say in any other form of communication.

And poetry has long been the language of lovers. Millions of writers have used poetry to declare their affections, obsessions, and heartbreaks.

Today’s poetry prompts celebrate lovers and the poems they write.

But Love Poems Are SO Cheesy

It’s easy to scoff at a love poem. Many love poems use the same words, present overly familiar images, and convey similar sentiments. That’s what makes them SO cheesy.


Writing a unique and compelling love poem is always a challenge. After all, the more something’s been done, the more difficult it becomes for anyone to do it well.

Luckily, poetry prompts can help.

Poetry Prompts

The exercise is simple and straightforward. Choose one of the lists below and then write a poem using all the words in the list. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, try to write a single poem using all the words from all the lists, or mix and match words from the lists at will.

I’ve even included some cliché terms for those of you who are fans of cheesy love poems.

See if these poetry prompts don’t bring out the lover in you.

Cheese Please Erotica Obsession Heartbreak Moving On
heart
roses
knees
fire
eyes
dance
kiss
thighs
twisted
stars
nibble
parched
candy
slick
haunt
water
waste
push
chase
parked
monster
long
dream
back
breathing
where
glass
sifts
toes
bright
forget
plant
wiggle
room
floats

Spread the Love

Once you write your little ode to the one you cherish, go ahead and send it–if you dare. You can also post the pieces you write based on these poetry prompts in the comments.

If you have any poetry prompts to share, feel free to post them in the comments!

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Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.

Comments

10 Responses to “Poetry Prompts for Lovers”

  1. HA!
    First – thanks for the reminder, 13th, eh?
    So it’s tomorrow? Gotta write a little love poem
    Oh, look – here are the ingredients….
    Let’s mix and match ;)

  2. The twisted thighs of roses
    Haunt the dream I long
    To wiggle my toes on.

    :)

    • I have a penchant for short poems, and yours is quite good, Gabriel. I especially love the assonance of “long” and “on,” as well as the imagery, which is a little bit ethereal. Nice job!

  3. Bobby Revell says:

    I would write one but I’m love poemed out. I wrote one for Valentine’s day purely on a whim. I was surprised people seemed to like it LOL!

  4. Matthew Dryden says:

    I did manage to write a love poem – though I had missed this prompt altogether…I miss a lot of entries.. :(

  5. Layla Coyle says:

    Here’s my try at the “Erotica” prompt:

    Under the twisted sheets
    parched for the flood
    of your eyes
    I’m waiting

    Beneath the unyielding stars
    yearning for the storm
    of my thighs
    You’re coming

    Over the roots and the blades
    sated by the onslaught
    of your size
    We rest.

    -L.C.

    Kinda tongue-in-cheek. “your size” indeed, haha.