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The Daily Prompt – June 3rd


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, script, etc.)

3. Post your piece of writing in the comments section of the website to be considered for the ‘Best Of’ section.

PROMPT: I came across this lovely piece of bathroom art, so I’d like you to create your own “single line poetry.”


My favorite single line poem is by Langston Hughes:

“Suicide’s Note”

The calm, cool face of the ocean, asked me for a kiss.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

18 comments on “The Daily Prompt – June 3rd

  1. Peter Arvidson
    June 3, 2013

    Summer, 3 months of timeless bliss wrapped up in infinite potential, is always over too soon.

  2. Jessica Helmke
    June 3, 2013

    This house will go soon, along with the ghosts, and skeletons, and scars that live in the wooden bones behind years of freshly painted walls.

  3. Kathryn Tyler
    June 3, 2013

    4 years ago I walked into this school. Scared and alone. Now I walk out, strong and happy.

  4. Matthew Groves
    June 3, 2013

    I could still remember the sirens go off back when i was a G.I. in my Battalion, I’ll Never recover from everything that happened.

  5. Cameron
    June 3, 2013

    To Fox

    It’s not “breaking news.” You broke news long ago.

  6. Megan Askey
    June 3, 2013

    My Love
    Be gone, and I shall follow

  7. Hector Lopez
    June 3, 2013

    I stopped loathing my imperfections when i realized that even the majestic moon has craters.

  8. Mekenzie Frasier
    June 3, 2013

    Take a step somewhere new, always fall back where you’ve already been.

  9. Bryan Pajari
    June 3, 2013

    My Spirit Lives On

    The rock pressed in my chest leaves a fossil for my loved ones!

  10. Kristofer Greenfield
    June 3, 2013

    Always question the truth, because there always are lies within every truth

  11. Trevor Ebert
    June 3, 2013

    Slave Owner

    After purchasing life, he desired more.

  12. Kendra Virgin
    June 3, 2013

    The Rubber Alligator.
    Never have I met a man braver than my dad, to fall down a waterfall without a kayak.

  13. Gretchen Torrey
    June 3, 2013

    Advice from a star in the sky: be dependable and others will never stop remarking on your beauty.

  14. Veda Newton
    June 3, 2013

    She’s her own God
    Pretty primping girls, plastered to their mirrors of self-confirmation and masked worth.

  15. I had spent years trying to write a line as good as that Langston Hugues poem. Several months ago, in the dark hours of 4am on the roof of a high rise in Downtown Portland, I actually ended up perfecting one that came close. Stopped me from jumping. I can’t find it for the life of me though. I’ve been looking all day. It’s lost. Can’t find it.

    But anyway, losing precious work, it happens, we move on.

    Here’s a list (which will probably exclude me from the “contest”, I don’t care) of single line poetry I’ve written:

    “I am looking at a lake, and it is a Wednesday, but the lake does not care.”

    “If deprivation enhances experiences, my next kiss will be nuclear fusion.”

    “Sometimes I look around and wonder: who would have been a Nazi during WWII?”

    “Minimalism is not rewarded at 5 cents a word.”

    “I never understood why everyone looked down on special eddy, he could see things in that wall no one else could.”

    “Culture is a room full of parrots.”

    “The rich people did not break any of those laws that they wrote.”

    “The eyes of that boy, alone on that dark street corner, they took something from me.”

    “stare at the screen stare at the screen touch me touch me i don’t feel a thing”

    I have more, but I’m sure I’m already annoying people. Good day to you all! (Trevor Ebert, that was pretty good)

  16. Michael
    June 3, 2013

    With a conviction so sincere, he burst through the door and met the sky with a freedom he’d never felt before.

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