A new season is upon us, which means new poetry prompts are in bloom! Has your creativity withered in the winter gloom? Let’s defrost that imagination and get some inspiration flowing. Choose one or several of the prompts below to kickstart your next great poem. Happy writing!
- Spring is all about renewal. Write about an experience in your life that has felt like a renewal as well.
- Think of a rainy spring day. What do you see? What do you smell? Where are you? Write about it.
- Look up the symbolism of some of your favorite flowers. Choose one that resonates the most with you and write a poem.
- Think back on a personal springtime memory and share your experience.
- Write a poem using colors for inspiration. Tie each color back to a specific thing about spring.
- As we say goodbye to winter, what is something you carry with you into the new season? Write a poem about your reflections.
- Write about spring cleaning—metaphorical cleaning or literal. Describe the scene.
- Make an acrostic poem using the word SPRING (an acrostic poem is where the first letters in each line are used to spell out a word. In this case you’ll vertically spell out SPRING when you are done with your poem).
- Contrast spring and fall. Do alternating stanzas about each and tie it all together by finding common ground amongst the two seasons.
- Write a poem using the words “bloom,” “downpour,” and “sunrise.”
- Write a haiku trying to describe the smell of the earth after rain.
- What would it look like to have a spring heart? Describe it.
- A year in reflection: think about last spring compared to this spring. How have you changed? What has stayed the same?
- What souls are in desperate need of spring?
- You are growing a garden. What do you plant and why?
- Imagine you are planting seeds of hope with a poem you write. In what areas of your life do you most need hope? How can you nurture this to grow in your life?
- Write an inspiring poem for a friend who is in a season of waiting, yearning to bloom. What would you say to them?
- Use the same prompt from 17 to write a poem to yourself in the same scenario.
- Write an Easter poem. If you celebrate Easter, reflect on the meaning of the holiday. If you do not, write about your observations of the day for you personally or any traditions you have seen or participated in over the years.
- Write an acrostic poem using the word BLOOM.
- Look around whatever room you are currently in. Find a way to tie an object into the greater overall theme of renewal.
- Think about when you were back in school. Are there any springtime memories that stick out to you from that specific time?
- Think about the change you hope takes place between this spring and next spring. Write about what you hope for.
- You are walking through a huge garden with tons of flowers in bloom. Write about the beauty you see. Is anyone with you? What else do you see?
- Spring is typically associated with growth and hope. Has that been the case for you?
Personally, spring has always been my favorite time of year. I love the tangible proof all around us that things can begin again, bloom again, and be awakened from the winter frost. I hope that some of these prompts have helped encourage you to put pen to paper and create something lovely. If you use any of them, please feel free to leave your work in the comments. We love to support our fellow writers in the poetry world!