According to Merriam-Webster, “denied” has several meanings:
- Declared untrue
- Refused to admit or acknowledge
- Gave a negative answer to, refused to grant, restrained from gratification of desires
- Refused to accept the existence, truth, or validity of
What does “denied” mean to you?
What does it feel like to be denied something that you want/need?
What does it sound like to hear that “NO”?
What does it look like when you are denied your desire?
What does it smell like to be denied?
What does it taste like?
Bring all of your senses with you and explore being denied in a 10-15 minute free write.
Write a poem using sensory words to express being denied or being in denial.
Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
In the meantime, read other participants' poems, share the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on social media, and add a link to your own poem in the comments below.
Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction/non-fiction writer, and visual artist. She is a volunteer at The Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk, VA and a co-facilitator of the Poets on the Page blog and Facebook group. When she’s not writing or painting, she has been known to appear in local community theater musicals and occasionally shows up for karaoke nights. She is currently painting a series of portraits of her ancestors, both biological and adopted, and she is working on her outline for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. She is the mother of two teenage boys and lives with her husband in Virginia Beach.