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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Label Poems

Yesterday, while sitting in the chair at the hairdressers, I had plenty of time to contemplate the warning labels on her hair dryer and curling irons. Warning: Do not immerse in water. Warning: Do not leave plugged in. Warning: This product can burn you.

Several years ago, I had the privilege to teach writing with a group of teachers from the Milwaukee Writing Project. We invited the students to create label poems, using product labels as a model. The students created poems about themselves based on content, warning, and how to prepare labels. When finished, the students pasted their poems on boxes of cereal.


Your turn. Using a label or sign to inspire you, write a poem. Use it to describe you, a pet, a relationship, a situation, or anything else you can dream up! Feel free to leave your poem or a link to it in the comments section below!

4 Responses

  1. Danielle Meredith

    WARNING: Do not feed the girl your BS, she may harm you.
    You are welcome to feed her humor, insights, and intelligent observations, which can be purchsed at the THAT’S LIFE store, located down the “growing up” path to your left.
    NOTE: Children’s wisdom also accepted. Not available for purchase anywhere.

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