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For a decade, Fifteen Minutes of Fiction had a weekly writing prompt. Some of these are specific to certain times of year, or specific holidays. They are presented here in no particular order; click the "Get Another" link to see another randomly selected prompt.

Animal Poems

Ogden Nash was well known for his silly animal poems. One of his most well known is The Octopus: "Tell me, O Octopus, I begs / Is those things arms, or is they legs? / I marvel at thee, Octopus; / If I were thou, I'd call me Us."

Pick an animal and write a silly poem about that animal. Like Ogden Nash's poems, it doesn't have to be very long. Some of his poems were only two lines long! ("I don't mind eels / Except as meals")

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