Poetry 101 Rehab: Found

Do you miss the Writing 201: Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!

How It Works

Each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC I will publish a poetry prompt along with my response to it. You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author.

I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!

How You Can Join

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it to the InLinkz link-up below my post, or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.

I will act as your hostess, and I’ll be here for you to reply your comments, read your verses, like and comment. While my blog is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!


The Prompt: Found

Time is running out

You’ll be dead inside

Follow me, your sight

I’m your guiding light


I belong to you

At mercy

Of revolts, reapers

And star collisions


It’s unnatural


To be

My (un)intended

This week’s prompt is FOUND. My quirky poem is a found poem: I took a playlist of my favourite songs by the band Muse as a starting point and used the titles of songs in a collage piece. You can judge how successful I was by scrolling up to see the header image of this post, a screenshot of the playlist I worked with.

Don’t feel limited to creating only found poems though – all submissions on the topic of FOUND are welcome and eagerly anticipated! What will your take on the keyword FOUND be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link below!


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

33 thoughts

  1. I used to teach this type of found poetry or short story beginnings in my creative writing class. Once we used the first lines of novels. It’s fun taking a meaning and fitting it into a different meaning by imposing another shape on it.


    1. Oh yes, that’s the idea, a few more instalments and we’ll be all publishing our very own volumes of poetry that came out of these challenges 😀 Your seeking and finding poem is brilliant.


  2. Wow, now I wish I had used your technique! It’ll have to be left for another prompt as I’ve already written mine, though. Yours makes a lot of sense, surprisingly! I love how the choice of a band fits your poetic style perfectly (:
    As for me… I can’t seem to be taking myself too seriously these days (which is a nice change of pace and tone in life and my poetry, I think). Here’s what I came up with this time around: https://trimmedwords.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/found/


    1. Oh I love your poem! It’s so light-hearted and so much fun! Also, there’s a cat ❤ You can try the found poem technique another time, why not, it's a fun way to put together impromptu lines. I love songs by Muse and like you, I was struck when looking at my playlist that the titles of their songs almost make a coherent story (or poem). Cheers!

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  3. I love your poem, Mara, and the idea for it! I am so impressed!

    I chose a humorous approach, this time, with “I Have Found…” – http://quiltedpoetry.net/2015/06/23/i-have-found-poem/

    What sparked this was a memory from early reading of Montaigne’s essays about experts, that those who display expertise or gain acclaim in one area of knowledge or for one skill are then called upon for their knowledge and wisdom concerning things of which they have no knowledge at all. And sometimes these poor victims let the acclaim go to their heads and start believe that they are indeed the fount of all wisdom.

    I believe it was the essay “Of Presumption”. His words remained in my mind to the point where I sometimes hesitate to offer an opinion on anything, because I have a high standard for “facts”. My parents were firm believers in classical education and liberally supplemented the offerings of the public school system.

    Anyway, I hope you like my offering for the week’s prompt.


    1. Thank you for your kind words and for yet another lovely contribution to the challenge! I appreciate how you explain the background and the inspiration for your piece, it helps me to appreciate the poem even more. I’m acquainted with Montaigne a little, so I can hear you 🙂

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  4. @Mara: I absolutely love your second stanza. It’s just amazing and mysterious and confusing and alluring!

    I am working on a lot of things now. I haven’t read the prompt until today because I was busy writing a poem called perception yesterday but I indeed wrote two poems during break today.
    And at home I couldn’t stop writing I have two other pieces still waiting on my desk to be typed.

    Needless to say that your prompt totally got me 😀

    So here are my two responses:



    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m excited to hear that you’re having a productive poetic period, and I’m happy that you shared your pieces here! They are so different from each other, it’s amazing that you can write with such variety 🙂


    1. Oh, you must be my blogging spiritual sister then 😉 Muse is by far my most favourite band! I like others too, but Muse is at the top for me. Unfound is of course a perfectly legitimate submission for “found”! Your poems never cease to surprise me with their variety.

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