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 Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

10 Replies to “Writing Poetry From Random Words

    1. Well fudge cookies! I thought I would be able to keep the weird hidden. *le sigh* Guess it’s time for me to come out of the closet. Hi. My name is Jesi, and I am weird.

          1. Definitely. Isn’t there some quote floating around about letting your weird hang out, and the people who come and be weird with you are your tribe? 🙂

            1. “When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with cries of “me too!” be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe.” Yep. Love it.
              But this may be my favorite:
              “It is nice to find your tribe, or actually, what happens is your tribe finds you; and you are so happy.” ~Lucille Clifton.

    1. Thank you for contributing, sir. It was fun trying to figure out a way to do justice to the poem with the words given. 🙂

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