Poetry Prompt: Change


This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer

For the first time this year since Jimmy the Groundhog pulled a Mike Tyson, it feels like spring is on its way. Yes, change is in the air. And it is inevitable. And it’s gonna come. And it’s the only constant. Etc.

Prompt: In honor of change in all its forms, this week’s prompt asks you to consult sources related to change. Consider the word “change” in any way you wish. Write a poem by remixing, erasing, or otherwise repurposing your chosen source text(s).

Here are a few starting links:

Oh, and I made you a Spotify playlist.




  • March 14, 2015

    Lewis Oakwood

    A quick nonsense poem based around the theme of change —

    The Quick Change of Nonsense

    The rainbow’s colours change
    when exposed
    to the poetry of John Donne
    and even the smell
    of a word
    changed a bath full of lard
    into a garden
    and the music there
    to a slow walk,
    now, hear the sound of silver jingle
    in every kind of pocket
    supporting faces
    with someone else’s
    that necessitate
    an exchange of shoes
    that travel along the nation’s mood;
    a changed preference
    for convenience food,
    the work of three bored witches:
    every prince and princess
    changed into the road of changes.

    ~ ~ ~

  • March 16, 2015

    james w. moore

    “only one & everyone”

    the alarm clock rung
    quietly rattling,
    entirely wrong.
    at the other side:
    the only one

    all, every
    one of them,
    would go mad
    with pangs of conscience:
    the danger of
    the same demands

    unfortunately, teeth
    report everything accurately.
    peace and wealth and comfort
    left the milk as it was:
    more suitable
    less sensitive
    almost whispering
    taking the furniture away
    abandoning him to

    only she:
    He really
    ought to have expected
    things to change,

    but still,

    you want


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