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Can you keep a secret? I hope not today because I (Sheila Moore) am excited to introduce you to Kellie Elmore, who is providing this week’s Poetics prompt.

Hello, everyone! My name is Kellie Elmore and I host a blog called Magic in the Backyard. I am extremely passionate about writing and encouraging others to write. I believe that the simple act of putting pen to paper and playing with words is such a wonderful way to express feelings, to heal and to keep your imagination alive. This is why I created Free Write Friday (FWF.)

One of my more recent FWF prompts was a challenge for writers to step out of their comfort zone and expand their play on words in order to confront those taboo subjects we fear. When Sheila asked if I would offer up my prompt for the dVerse crowd, of course I said, yes! I’m always thrilled to assist in sparking one’s Muse any chance I get! I look forward to reading what you create and please stop by my blog to read the amazing contributions already received in response to this fun prompt.

There are many reasons writers will edit/censor their work and I am guilty of doing the same, for example:

• Fear of being politically incorrect

• Personal issues that may be too clear and might expose something you’re unwilling to share

• Worry of what someone might think; touching on sensitive subjects or it just makes you uncomfortable

And the worst mistake any writer can make…

• Trying to appeal to everyone; playing it safe

Are you guilty of censoring your pen for the sake of status, personal opinion and/or judgment? Are there times when you would love to just go crazy and spill the beans (or ink) on a topic that you know may offend and/or scare away your readers?


It’s easy to write about love, heartache, memories, nature, fairies …all the mushy-wushy and ooey-gooey things we love. However, what about those other things? What are those taboo subjects that make you cringe when you, even for a split second, entertain the notion of writing about them?

Here are the Top Three:

Sex- (shhhh…that’s a bad word, right?) The sexual practice and, God forbid, its pleasure should not be written about! Are you serious? I think the reason some people stay away from this is because poetry is extremely revealing and we don’t want to expose that part of ourselves to strangers.

War/Politics- Yes, we all have our own opinion when it comes to foreign affairs, war and/or the leaders who send us to war but we don’t want to write about it.

Religion- There are more than 80,000 registered religions in the world, so chances are…we all can’t be right. Expressing your beliefs when it comes to (your) God(s) can be scary but writing and religion have something in common – confessing is the first step toward healing.

This weekend, I would like for you to choose a taboo topic and pen out your thoughts. Be as open and honest as you possibly can. If what you are writing begins to make you uncomfortable…good. The point of this exercise is to free your mind, expand your voice and challenge yourself to explore new ideas within description. This is an opportunity to learn how to overcome the uncomfortable and teach yourself how to use your words to define those things in a new way so that next time you are faced with one of those “taboo” prompts, you can go forth and be…

Thank you, Kellie, for such an inspiring prompt.

I must admit I was apprehensive about completing Kellie’s challenge last month but I did and it had such an impact on me that when trying to think of a topic for today’s Poetics, her taboo prompt kept jumping up and down in my brain, waving its arms and yelling, “Pick me, pick me!”

I can’t wait to see which taboo topic you pick to write about today. Please note that you do not have to limit yourself to Kellie’s top three. Depending on your cultural, moral, spiritual or religious beliefs, nationality, ethnicity, social class (or sense of humor :P) what is taboo to you may not be to someone else. So, what have you got to lose?  Are you ready to be fearless?

Here are the steps to join in:

~ Write a poem and post it on your blog.

~ Click the Mr. Linky button below and when the new window opens enter your name and the direct URL of your poem.

~ Visit some of the other participants’ links.

~ Since we are asking you to write about taboo or “uncomfortable” topics, please be sensitive when commenting on the other poems as this is meant to be a writing exercise and not necessarily a forum for debate. Thank you for your willingness and open-mindedness.

Poetically yours,