Day 21 – National Poetry Month

April 21, 2019

Prompt #21: Food: Write a poem about food.

Food Dreams

With my recent operation
Food has been just a dream
I can eat only liquids
While I yearn for some meat
The sweet taste of meat
Of chicken
Of fish
Of anything other than Ensure
Would bring a smile to my face

– Mariana Rosado (10th grade)

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Day 13 – National Poetry Month

April 13, 2019

Prompt #13: Parallel Universe: Imagine yourself living a completely different life, based on making a different decision that impacted everything else.

My Life’s Pages

Some days I stop and wonder
What if I hadn’t opened the first book?
The one that took me under
A spell that held me captive

Had I not gazed upon those crisp pages
Ran my fingers along their edges
Visited kingdoms from the kitchen chair
Cowered in a lion’s daunting lair

I don’t think right now I’d be writing
Maybe I wouldn’t think it exciting
And the words that now entice me
I would not find so enchanting

– Lucía Garrido (8th grade)

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Day 12 – National Poetry Month

April 12, 2019

Prompt #12: Time Freeze: What would happen for you if the world froze?


This feeling of a never-ending drop
and life moving way too fast,
I need time to stop,
And to make peace last.

A world now amidst a war,
A war the world is far from ready for;
If only I could stop time,
No others shall die anymore.

I wish time could stop,
I do not want to see my friends die
In a war with a meaningless end.
Peace, not hatred, as we share the same sky.

I try to hold on to these values,
but they are slipping far away
Nothing can grant my time’s wish
For violence has led me deeply astray.

– Lotus (10th grade)

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Day 8 – National Poetry Month

April 8, 2019

Prompt #8: Imagine weather indoors: a thunderstorm in the kitchen, a tornado in the family room.

weather inside the house

Clouds gather near the ceiling
Lightning flashes and thunder booms
Darkness signals that rain is nearing
It splashes down and floods the rooms

The formerly made bed now in tatters
The vase on the sill falls and shatters
The wind blows as strong as the waters
That fall with unstoppable splatters

But slowly the rain starts to cease
And the house is finally at peace
All that’s left are the sodden sheets
And more than a few upturned seats

– Lucía Garrido (8th grade)

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Day 6 – National Poetry Month

April 6, 2019

Prompt #6: To do list: Write about the things you need to do, a project you have worked on for a long time, your bucket list, etc.


I probably could
considering that I definitely should,
but the Mind wanders,
demanding attention be paid to an undeserving distraction
and although I shouldn’t,
I still could.

– Julia García (11th grade)

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Day 5 – National Poetry Month

April 5, 2019

Prompt #5: How-to: Write a poem based on how to do a simple task, such as making a cup of coffee.

How to Rest

Close your eyes
Take my hand
Follow me into the mist
Let the fairies flutter near you
Let your body rise; levitate
Become weightless among these meadows
Smile in the comfort of the fresh, spring morning
That scent, maybe tea leaves mixed with rose petals
Let it surround you
Feeling silk upon your fingertips now,
Rest in the darkness
Close your eyes

– Claudia Figueroa (10th grade)

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Day 3 – National Poetry Month

April 3, 2019

Prompt #3: “On the Field” – Write from the perspective of a sports ball

As I prepare my spherical frame 
For the rush of the incoming game, 
My pelt glistens with great mirth
At the approaching feet on the earth.

A whistle is blown; my robust exterior
Deforms as a force far superior
Impacts me fiercely
And I fly up the sky with full trust. 

As I rise, I wave to the sun and birds, 
Gracing them with my aerial gymnastics. 
Wind currents decide to waltz alongside
My dashing performance.
However, my elaborate dance routine 
suddenly changes its course
As it decides to tango with gravity.

Gravity’s strong and passionate pull
Drains the bountiful strength
That my soul previously indulged in.
As exhaustion overpowers me,
My glistening spots lose their shine.
Drowsiness gradually possesses me, Numbing my entrails and leaving me blind.
Senseless I feel after I finish my trip.
Lifeless I am until the next kick.

By Diego Redondo (12th grade)

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Introducing National Poetry Writing Month!

During this upcoming month, Zeitgeist Literary Magazine and its members will be participating in National Poetry Writing Month, a creative writing project held annually in April. Participants write a poem each day for one month.

All our club members will participate and submit their poems, which will be viewed through our website.

Check out the “NaPoWriMo” page to access a poem for each day of the month! It will be uploaded daily with new content!

Day 2 – National Poetry Month

April 2, 2019

Prompt #2: “Stranger Conversations” – Start a poem with a line or a phrase from an interesting conversation

Wonders of the World

What do you think is the world’s greatest wonder?

“I think it’s the pyramids.”

“I think it’s the Grand Canyon.”  

Most people would say such things.

But in my opinion, the world’s greatest wonder

is the ability to see, hear, touch,

taste, smell, and love.

Most people think of places or things,

and not of how fortunate

they are over other beings to be

able to do things other creatures can’t.

– Pablo Ramírez (10th grade)

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