Spring into Writing: Eclectic Spring Poetry Prompts to Inspire You

Now that Spring has officially sprung, many of us have begun seeing telltale signs of the season. Warmer weather, blooming flowers, and buzzing bees provide a welcome change from dreary winter. If you’re searching for ways to capture this time of year in your poetry, get inspired by this eclectic mix of spring writing prompts.


In a poem, lean into your own culture’s springtime legends or mythology


Explore the supernatural in your poetry by writing a mythology-themed poem. Celebrate your heritage by researching springtime legends or stories about supernatural beings, such as land spirits or deities. As you begin writing your poem—or perhaps a series comprised of multiple poems—consider using this topic as an opportunity to hone your storytelling skills. Choose characters that could exist within a supernatural setting, incorporate rich imagery to set a scene, and employ relevant springtime metaphors. Let your creativity flow freely as you explore this interesting, multi-dimensional concept in your poetry.


Photograph a spring landscape then write an accompanying poem


Capture the unique beauty of spring in a photograph-inspired landscape poem. Take advantage of the warm seasonal weather by visiting outdoor spaces near you and photographing landscapes during your outings. Choose a photograph that most inspires you, then write a poem about your photo’s landscape. As you write, use the imagery to describe the location. Incorporate details, including what natural or human-made elements might be in the foreground and background. Is there any wildlife? If so, creatively describe their behavior. Also, what emotions does this landscape inspire? 


Write an eco-poem that advocates for bees


As you venture outdoors this spring, you’ll likely see bees buzzing and pollinating. Consider using your voice as a poet to advocate for bees by writing an eco-poem. Ecopoetry simultaneously considers both the beauty of nature and the urgent need to heal and protect our natural world. Explore this genre of poetry through your bee poem. Many bee species are endangered largely due to a lack of natural habitat as well as pesticides, and since bees are crucial to both our and wildlife’s survival, these insects are a great subject for a spring eco-poem. Although you could approach this topic from different perspectives, consider researching bee populations in your local area, then write a poem as if you’re observing the bee’s daily behavior. Can the bee easily pollinate, or is this a challenge, for example? What solutions are there to help? As you write, bee creative!

Celebrate a new beginning in your life through a poem


Renewal is a central theme in spring poetry. Embrace renewal this spring by celebrating a new beginning in your life through a poem. Consider a positive change that you recently experienced, exploring the joy you feel. What season-inspired metaphors involving growth could you employ, such as the transition between winter and spring? 


Happy spring, and happy writing!