Writing Poetry From Random Words

Today’s prompt from Poets On The Page was to create a poem using random words found any way you wanted to do it. I took to Facebook and put up a post requesting words. Within minutes I had more than enough words.

Here’s the list they gave me:

hopscotch   purple   Indiana   car   dog   bottle   green   spider   vegan   lucky   great   precious   green   grass   dogs   not for sale

I also received these which I used in a separate piece because they were more nonsensical and needed their own place:

hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia   liver   fungus   Hamlet   unicorn   cheeseball   turkey   sponge   pencil

So here is the result from both. The first poem is entirely haiku stanzas while the second is free verse and more prose than poetry.


xo Jesi


An Exercise In Being Random

by Jesi Scott


In Indiana

kids in purple clothing play

hopscotch in the heat


while spiders weave webs

in cool, shaded green places

and vegans eat lunch


inside great buildings

with rooms of precious cold air-

those lucky people


stare out windows at

stray dogs playing in green grass,

a not-for-sale sign


on a sun-baked car,

and a dog lapping water

from a spilled bottle.


When Random Gets Weird

By Jesi Scott


As I was eating cheeseballs and reading Hamlet

A little girl with rainbow hair came up to me and said,

“I don’t like fungus or liver because I have



“But I like unicorns and turkey.”

Now, it’s not every day you meet someone who has


Especially one with rainbow hair.


So I nodded and said,

“I’m afraid of sponges and pencils.”

“You’re weird,” she said and skipped happily on her way.

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.


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