Day 17 I have a good reason for being late-ish today. A great reason! I was poeming. That ABC poem from last Friday? – My muse decided what it really should consist of: and I’m mostly blind today so it took a while – and two devices – to type it out.

I’ll share it with you at the end of today’s offering.


Today’s prompt is “shared questions”.

Shared Questions is a format that poet Willy Wippor Willow, Jr  (Love, love, love her! My Bestie!) and I devised while still in high school. It is a collaborative endeavor – between two poets or two voices  – a conversation emerges with one poet posing a list of questions and the other answering (often in questions themselves). Using this Q&A approach, many personal, individual experiences take on a more universal meaning to life and to our roles in it.

Similar to Mondo or Sedoka forms – Shared Questions differs in that it tends to NOT be brief – being a conversation – and it tends to be about human nature – NOT the world of nature. (I can see I need to add these three forms I mention to my Poetry Forms page …)

My example …

Shared Questions

So grab a friend, a child, a lover and start questioning each other. Write those poems down.

There’s your poem.

Other PAD challenges are …

I have uploaded my Pinterest “Ariel’s List” for April if you want to use those.

Want to look up a past prompt?  Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


And my ABC poem this National Poetry Month? It too became a conversation – albeit, one=sided.




Image credit: NaPoWriMo official site