Poetry Six-Word Challenge

Poetry =
to your heart

Last night I was batting around some ideas for ways to define poetry in six words—okay, essentially four words, since the first two are “Poetry =” (i.e. Poetry equals). I called for backup from my friend Charles Robert Lindholm of The Reluctant Poet, and together this is what we came up with. Then I decided to make this a challenge to see how many different ways we could all come up with to define poetry in four words.

Many thanks to Nicola Aukland, the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller for the second half of my inspiration, based on her six-word story challenge.

To participate:

  1. Write your 6-word definition, beginning with Poetry = and then add four more words to define what poetry means to you. The number of lines does not matter, only the number of words.
  2. Either post it on your blog or simply write it in the comments below, your choice.
  3. If you post it on your blog, then please include the tag Poetry in Six Words and a pingback to this challenge.
  4. Then feel free to pop over to Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge and give that a go as well. She posts a new prompt every Saturday. (also optional, but highly recommended)

There is no deadline, since this is not a contest. And you are not limited to one entry; write as many as you like. It’s just an invitation to jump in and have some fun.

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  7. Angela, Wow, I’m loving this! Such a great idea.

    Here are a couple from me:

    Poetry = words the heart writes
    Poetry = messages from the soul
    Poetry = etchings on my heart
    Poetry = romantic words on paper
    Poetry = words seeking to live
    Poetry = words on a mission

    See what You’ve done! LOL! I get carried away!
    Thanks! This was fun!

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  11. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Angela of theabundantheartblog presents a wonderful challenge in her “Poetry Six Word Challenge” that captured me! See if it moves you to answer the challenge!

    Please enjoy this post and check out Angela’s other great works. Share this with your friends and see if they want to get in on the fun too?

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  12. Reblogged this on twliii and commented:
    While I wait
    for words to come alive
    from the depths of my heart,
    My mind brings forth
    the living word
    that was uttered ages ago

    Poetry is
    Deep calling unto deep.


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