Me First

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about putting yourself first. Does doing this mean inconveniencing someone else? Is it worth putting your needs first if it means hurting others? I feel like too many people tend to get annoyed when doing something for myself means saying no to them. If this is something you experience frequently too, write in your poem the difference between taking time for yourself and being selfish with your time. Do these people have any reasonable claim to your time?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Fortune Telling Poems

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Get out the crystal ball and tarot cards because we’re looking into the future today! Write a poem full of predictions for the future. Will you be predicting your personal future? If so, what do you see for yourself 5, 10, 15 years down the road? Or do you feel like making predictions for things outside of yourself? What is the future of your house, town, state, country or the world? Don’t pin yourself down to any single future if you don’t want. Let your poem explore as many imagined futures as you desire.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Your Body’s Personality

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem in which you give different parts of your body different personalities. Create conflict between them. Which organs side with which? Give them motivations based on different activities from your day to day life. Maybe your eyes and tongue team up to trick your brain into eating too much for your stomach to handle. Maybe your feet are rivals always trying to trip each other up. Have fun with it.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unloved Objects

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Today I want you to write a poem from the perspective of something that is usually overlooked or not well loved. What does it feel like to be this thing? Personify it and tell us about who your pocket lint really is. Or give us the story of the magazine at the back of the rack. Whatever overlooked object you choose to inhabit, does it like going unnoticed or does it long for attention?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Always Another Way

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I’ve been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender again. It is one of the few cartoons that doesn’t feel overly cheesy when I see it again. I’m nearing the end when Aang is about to face the Fire Lord, and he is unwilling to kill someone to save the world. Even though it seems like the only way to protect the world and stop the villain, Aang is unyielding in his refusal to take a life. He is determined to find another way. Write a prompt where your character is convinced there is another way to achieve a goal even though there is an obvious one that might hurt someone.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Winter Poems

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about winter. How do you feel about winter? I’ve always lived in Florida, and so snow is a rare sight for me. I’ve longed for real winters for a while now, despite everyone trying to tell me how awful it is. Are you like me welcoming the cold season or do you hate the cold and wish for it to pass quickly? Whichever it is, make sure that shows through in your poem.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Name Recognition

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Write a poem that discusses the value of names. Do you feel strongly that naming things is important? Or does a rose by any other name still smell as sweet for you? In some magical stories knowing someone’s true name gives you power over them. In others, your given name can determine your destiny. Do you put any stock in these ideas? Are there other myths about names that you will consider in your poem?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Notepad Art

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The Omoshiro Block is probably the coolest designer memo pad I’ve seen in a long while. The creators utilize laser-cutting technology to create these notepads that leave behind a beautiful design as you use them up. As far as I’ve been able to find these nifty notepads are only available in Japan where they are produced, but maybe one day I’ll find one of my very own. For now, draw inspiration from the Omoshiro Block and write a scene where your character finds something artistic on a memo pad.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Difficulty With Decisions

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Are you the type of person who makes decisions easily or who struggles with even small decisions? Write a poem about the difficulty in making decisions. Even if you don’t personally have much trouble making decisions try to empathize and imagine what it is like. Think about the anxiety that comes with the wrong choice. Are other people involved in the decision? How does that change things?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Beauty In Diversity

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been listening to Pharrell Williams’ “Come Get It Bae” all week. I first heard the song in association with an Instagram video from Urban Dance Camp. Koharu Sugawara choreographed a number and featured Yuki Shibuya in it and I’ve watched their video so many times I’ve lost count. Pharrell’s video opens with the words “Beauty has no expiration date” on the screen. It consists diverse women dancing to the song. The song itself isn’t really all that special, but I have a lot of positive associations with how much fun all these lady’s look like they have dancing in these videos. It reminds me that beauty doesn’t have to conform to a standard set by other people. Write a scene that explores many types of beauty.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades