Today’s writing prompt is based on the poem Petit à Petit L’Oiseau Fait Son Nid
Even if you’ve never written a sestina before, today might be the day to give it a try. Because of the particular way sestinas repeat end-of-line words, they’re a great form for dealing with something you’re trying to work out in your mind—a question or a problem.
Today’s “Petit” poem uses a garden setting complete with white orchids, emerald humming birds, and silvered hemlocks to work out a life question.
As you work out a question or problem in your poem, include a natural setting: the seashore, woods, a secret place in a city park, the desert, mountains, or something else. Include some specific details that will make the setting come alive. Do a little research if you need to. (It’s easiest to research by region, when looking for specifics. See links below, for instance.)