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Poetry Prompt 6 in the Writing for Healing 30 Day Challenge

It's Day 6 of our #30PoetryChallenge - #WritingForHealing. In today's prompt, we are using the power of names to understand how the Higher Power in our lives can guide us to healing.

Reminder of this week's theme can be seen in the first post of this week's challenge

Table of Contents:

Poetry Prompt

Consider these truths:

  • A previous trend - when naming children - was to create names based on nouns, such as Amber, Jade, Shadow or Rebel

  • But a more recent trend is to give children names based on adjectives: Stormy, Jazzy, Able, or Brave


  • Thinking of the Higher Power in your life, what are some nouns and adjectives that describe what they are to you?

  • Using the sentence "I call you ______" write a series of statements declaring what you call your higher power, using the nouns and adjectives you came up with. But write them as names, by capitalizing the first letter.

  • Optional: Explain why you call your Higher Power these names, by adding "because ______."

With that in mind, here is today's prompt:

  • Discuss the things you struggle to trust the Higher Power with.

  • Explain why you hesitate to trust the Higher Power with these things.

  • Optional: Discuss what needs to be done, for you to move past this hesitation.

Creative Reminder

  • We are writing prose poetry

  • Prose poetry simply gives or explains the [your] narrative.

  • This does not require rhyme schemes or line breaks.

  • But you can have multiple paragraphs, if you like.

  • A random rhyme is also okay.

  • Feel free to use alliteration, symbols, imagery, or rhythm, if you want.

Example Poem:

Today, I wrote a poem inspired by the need for therapy in regards to our mental health. Here is the poem.

Dear Therapy

by Alison Caddell

I call you Growth because, you can heal me of this stagnancy, this place where I've been stuck because of the pain inflicted by others. I call you Accountability, because you can help me realize the ways I've also been hurtful or harmful. I call you Architect because you can give me the design needed for me to build a safe space, specifically made for me. I call you Healer because you can help me purge the sickness inflicted by years of abuse and mistreatment. I call you Necessary because I need you to help me move on.

I call you Necessary because I need you.

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