The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

The Daily Prompt – July 16th – Keeping The Story Simple.



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.

The Prompt:

Children’s books have been parading through my mind lately. I used to love sitting in Powell’s Books in Portland and going through them one by one. They are so simply in nature, but carry such power in so few words.

Your prompt might be a difficult one, but I want to see what you can do.

You have 8 lines to craft a story for a child.

Let’s see if you can stick to those 8 lines.

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.

5 comments on “The Daily Prompt – July 16th – Keeping The Story Simple.

  1. The Running Son
    July 16, 2013

    “Big Digity”

    Digity Duck had a big duck bill.
    His duck friends quacked til he felt ill.
    So Digity flapped to his duck bedroom
    to hide his bill from the big still moon.

    Could a bill reduction bring him love?
    Will buying a swan mask cover it up?
    As Digity Duck was thinking these thoughts,
    A bus of crazy nuns made him into sauce.
    (hmm gee..sorta went a little bit south on that last line…7/8 success?)


  2. kiwiskan
    July 16, 2013

    I’m going away to think about this…

  3. kiwiskan
    July 16, 2013

    Tom couldn’t find his whistle
    he hunted everywhere
    in his mother’s cupboards
    and behind his father’s chair.
    He thought the dog might have it
    and went outside to check
    and that’s when he discovered
    it was hanging round his neck…

    – probably a senior moment…

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