Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 15: Fighting the Urge to Vomit

Today's prompt sits uncomfortably in my throat. One of my least favorite feelings in this world is this one. If I'm fighting back the urge to vomit, then something in my world is skewed. The dinner didn't set well. The presentation went horribly. Someone has passed on a virus that I now have to fight off. The news was too awful and too real. The baby apparently hates it when I eat broccoli now.

Generally speaking, there's a trigger for that urge to vomit. Today I challenge you to key into one of those triggers and describe that scenario that preludes fighting back the sick. It's not always a negative that makes us feel this way. Take it where you want it to go and tell us a story.

The suggested type of poem for this prompt is a narrative or storytelling poem. This poem has one main character, a beginning, middle, and an end. You can use devices like rhyme and repetition to tell the story (or not, it's entirely up to you). There's no set structure for modern narrative poems. Use your senses and help us to explore your story. You don't have to take a lot of time to set up the story, you can dive right in. And there's no definitive length for the narrative poem. It can be as long or as short as you want.

Happy writing!

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.  

Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman in 2014 and is working on her first fiction novel due out in winter 2016. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, a poetry publication. She also moderates #writestuff a weekly writing Twitter chat. You can find her on Twitter here. She works as a full-time freelance writer and doesn’t post nearly enough her blog PenPaperPad. She creates videos about books and writing on her YouTube channel. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.


  1. My piece:

  2. Day 15: (The blog post with the prompt is called day 16)

  3. My offering for today.
    This one is a poem written in April. It is very gross.

    I wrote another one for today, but it's definitely for mature audiences so I couldn't post it on Morgan's site. I'll send it to you if you want to read it...
    And yes, the prompt indeed said Day 16...

  4. Day 15: #OctPoWriMo

    Prompt : Fighting the urge to Vomit!

    What a prompt! But it sure encouraged my thoughts to spread wings and fly towards a different direction today.

    A story -based composition with this prompt inculcated is hereby presented.

    I tried my best......hope you like it as well :-)

  5. I suffer from vasovagal syncope, so that's what this poem's about.

    1. It made me slightly nauseous - which is a compliment for your writing!

  6. Day 15 - This one was tough!!

  7. This one wrote itself. Day 15's offering:

  8. And Today's....

  9. Day 15


    My entry for today.


    My entry for today.

  12. Day 15: The Eye
    Today's prompt worked well for me. I had a lot of fun with my poem.

  13. Once again off prompt...(Maybe I'm an OctPoWriMo rebel...) The Non-Poem

  14. Sharing for Sudha Reddy:

    Prompt - fighting the urge to vomit....
    Even the thought of it brings back flashbacks from horrendous morning sickness I had with all my pregnancies. Motion sickness also did not spare me... though both of them I remember only occasionally now.....

    Like anything in life , acceptance of the fact that it is a natural phenomenon, makes it bearable but certainly the unpleasantness stayed with me.
    Sleeping 💤 is what saved me in such situations....
    Would sleep a lot as not to feel the uneasiness....
    But sleep is a luxury in my business 😃💕

    Catharsis is Cleansing

    Catharsis is healing in many ways...
    It is usually inevitable , in a nature’s protective mechanism in place
    Catharsis is cleansing in most ways
    There is relief and healing after the actual action plays.

    The urge to vomit food that is unsettling
    The urge to vomit negative thoughts that are ruminating
    The urge to vomit feelings that are unforgiving
    The urge to vomit emotions that could be damaging
    The urge to vomit the words that are unloving

    The urge and the thought of vomiting , spreads unpleasant feelings around...
    Catharsis is healing in many ways .......
    There is relief and healing after the actual action
    Yes, one should be considerate in considering the right place and mode for its action....
    Certain unpleasantries in life could actually be good for our health......
    Only if one is considerate in considering the right place and mode for its action....
    Catharsis is healing in many ways.....
    There is relief and healing after the actual action plays...😊💕🙏sr

  15. As writers tend to do, I took a circuitous route from vomiting.
    Take Flight

  16. I've missed a few days, here's my day #15

  17. One of my favorite memories surfaced today -

  18. And speaking of gross things :) :
    'Sugar-Free Sugar'

  19. I have a phobia of vomiting, so I kind of can't believe I wrote this poem...thank you for this provocative prompt. It pushed me.



  21. Day-15
    A prompt which made me do a little introspection.

  22. This my day 15 poem though I did not follow the prompt. I think I may use it another day though.

    A little Senyru

  24. This is my day 15 effort. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up during my so-called "days off."
    If anyone is offended by profanity, don't follow this link.
    Filthy Rich

  25. a RemyLaRhyme form from me :)


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