Summer Inspired Poetry Prompts

Summer is like a packaged deal for writers. We earn warm weather and heaps of inspiration as we grab notebooks and pencils to return outside. We are finally able to write beneath sunshine skies, using the words that have been tucked inside our minds since winter.

For me, I write some of my best material during the summer months. And the more I write, the more ideas I need to keep the words flowing. I am sure this is the same for you.

Luckily, you are in the right place to receive summer inspired poetry prompts.

Let the list begin!

Acrostic

I admit, an acrostic is not my favorite form of poetry. However, selecting a strong word can create an intelligent foundation. For an easier prompt, use the word summer. For something more challenging, pick a word with a summery connotation, such as strawberry, sand castle, sandals, etc.

Paint Sample

Paint samples are for more than just deciding what color to paint your home. Visit your local paint store and select a few colors. Use each color and their names to create a poem. You can even write your poem across the paint sample. Become inspired by the emotions the colors offer singularly and together.

Beach

The beach is a frequent setting in stories and poetry. Imagine yourself at the beach and all of the sounds that surround you. Write of those sounds and what a lullaby from the ocean might sound like.

Floral

Flowers bud at their brightest and best during summer. Become inspired by gardens and the up-close paintings Georgie O’Keefe created of petals. Write a poem about a flower and create a metaphor in which the blossoms can express, also similar to O’Keefe.

Rainbow

For this poem, have each stanza represent the colors of a rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink. See how colorful of a piece you can create.

Conversation

Consider all of the things we discuss in our daily life, such as the stars in the sky, the products on store shelves, the birds in the backyard, the channels on TV, and more. Select one of these scenarios, or come up with your own, and switch the perspective. Consider what the stars would murmur about us and what the channels on a television screen may witness as we sit in our living rooms.

Recipe

Select a summer recipe. Intertwine the ingredients and steps in describing a summer landscape. Such as lemonade to the islands, blueberry pie to the ocean, strawberry shortcake to a sunset, and more.

Fruit

Summer fruits are one of my favorite things to munch on during sunny days. Oranges, peaches, plums, pears, kiwi, strawberries, and more. Write about these juicy slices of fruit, expressing sight, color, taste or an imagined still life.

Pattern

If the summer was a pattern, whether for a quilt or piece of clothing, what would the pattern be? What color would the pattern be drenched in and how rhythmic would it be? Close your eyes and create a summer pattern. You don’t have to be a fashion designer to succeed at this prompt!

Birds

Birds are feathered creatures with an assortment of color. Write a poem from the perspective of a bird’s sweeping feathers. What would they say about the wind that whips against them as the bird takes flight? What would the feathers speak of about the sun and rain? This feather’s perspective is up to you.

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