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5 Poetry Prompts for the Summer

With all the time in the world on your hands, summer is a great time to write poetry. The longer days and warmer weather can inspire everyone to create something new and exciting. Here are 5 poetry prompts that will help you make your best summer poems ever!


Look up, look down: a poem about the sky.

The sky can be a metaphor for the unknown, the universe, heaven and hell.

It's also a space where birds fly and planes fly in it. The sky is so big that you can't see all of it at once--you have to look up or down (or both!)

To write this poem, try thinking about what your own relationship with the sky might be like: how do you feel about it? What does it mean to you?

Let's get physical: a poem of movement.

Get physical: a poem of movement.

  • Poems about physical activity, exercise and sports

  • Poems about running and walking in particular

  • Poems about swimming, diving or surfing (or any other water-related activities)

  • Poems that capture the feeling of dancing - either alone or with others

What's cooking? A poem about food.

Food poems can be about food itself, or they can be about how it makes you feel. They can be about cooking, eating, sharing and even about someone who is a great cook. Food poems can be about a specific dish or type of food.

Here are some ideas:

  • Write a poem that describes your favorite dish; how do you make it? What do you like most about it?

  • Write a poem where all the lines begin with "I love..." and end with something edible (for example: "I love waffles." "I love applesauce.")

Work and play: a poem about balance.

Balance is an important concept, especially when it comes to work and play. A poem about finding balance will help you find your own happiness.

If you don't have balance in your life, it can be hard to be happy. You might feel like there's something missing or even like your life is out of control. You may also feel stressed out because of all the things that need doing but aren't getting done because they're being put off until later--and then later never comes!

No rules. A poem with no rules at all!

A poem with no rules at all!

This is a fun one, and it's just like making up a story but instead of telling it, you're going to write it down. It doesn't have to rhyme or have any rhythm; in fact, you can even make up new words if that helps tell your story better.

Just make sure that whatever word choices you make fit into whatever genre of poetry (or non-poetry) you want your piece to be considered in: free verse, lyrical verse, haiku etcetera.


So, there you have it. Five poetry prompts for summer that can help you make your best poem ever! We hope these ideas will inspire you to write some wonderful poems this season and beyond. If you need more inspiration or tips on how to write poetry, check out our other blog posts here on The Poetry Cove Blog.

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Jun 11, 2023

Thanks for the prompts! Sometimes you just hit a wall and need a little inspiration 😁

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