Doing Being Writing Prompt – 001


The seeds of anything can be found in its opposite. Up lives inside of down. Something lives inside of nothing (in fact, I’m told it’s the best kind of something). Write what you see, or write what you don’t see.

For the poets in the room, you may take on additional challenges if you so wish:

  • Earth Cadence – Use the rhyme scheme ABBB for your verse(s).
  • Earth Rhythm – Use a syllable pattern of 555 for your verse(s).
  • Earth Flow – Use a rhyme scheme of ABBB with a syllable pattern of 6555 for your verse(s).

Please feel free to share your results in the comments or link back from your own site – I look forward to reading your creations!

Keep reading to see three examples from me.

  • Earth Cadence
    all I ever wanted to know was
    what did they keep down there?
    but my cowardice kept me too impaired
    to investigate the case of the depthless stairs
  • Earth Rhythm
    breathe in, then breathe out –
    it is that simple.
    lift your foot, then step.
  • Earth Flow
    clouds arrest the moonlight
    vision finds no trace
    no light can erase
    my dark happy place

© Rylan Skelly, January 2019

Photo by Niklas Hamann on Unsplash

6 replies »

    • Don’t worry about it – I’m more concerned with helping people channel their creativity than with deadlines 🙂 I’m so glad you responded to my prompt!

      My forms are modern and ancient at the same time. I want to be a bit sparse in my explanations for the time being (pardon my secrecy), but I will say that they’re original forms I’ve developed based upon ancient religious systems. It’s my way of marrying my passion for writing with my education in religious studies.

      I’ve drawn on meditational concepts from Hinduism, Indian and Chinese Buddhism, as well as Daoism. I find each of these traditions so beautiful and inspiring, so I hope to share that inspiration and positivity with others. As time progresses, I will reveal more about how I developed the forms and their correlations to each of the meditational systems 🙂

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