Photo Prompts: An Ode to Home Photo Play

The classic ode. A loving tribute to what stirs the heart. There is something about home that bestows a sense of peace, comfort, and belonging. Home sustains us. Walk through the door after a long day and inhale. It smells familiar, like a favorite sweater.

Photo Prompt:

Take a photograph a cherished spot in your home, during your favorite time of day. Is it a whisper to a secret place, or an arms-open-wide, laughing welcome to all who gather? Capture the space from an unexpected angle.

Share your Ode to Home with us. Post your photo play on your blog, Flickr, or Pinterest account, and leave the link in a comment on this post. Some photos will be chosen for feature at Tweetspeak Poetry and all will be posted on our Pinterest Photo Play board. Deadline for submissions is this Thursday. See you back here soon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Nancy that reminds us of home and the pleasures of eating cereal (which may or may not be for the kids):

Oh Captain, my captain;
Skipper of cereal crunch

—by Nancy Franson


NOTE TO POETS: Looking for your Monday prompt? On Photo Play days, it’s right here. Choose a photo and use it to jump start a poem!

Be sure to check out the highlights from Photo Prompt participants on the Photo Play Pinterest board! And keep clicking and/or playing with words.


Featured photo by Brian Boucheron. Post by Heather Eure.

Sometimes we feature your poems in Every Day Poems, with your permission of course. Thanks for writing with us!

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  1. says

    What a challenge
    “home” is –
    so many
    doors, hallways
    windows, angles;
    cannot be
    captured because
    I’ve yet
    to find an inner
    lens that snaps

    By the way, did you read the photog’s note (on Flickr) regarding that egg images? It’s pure poetry if you ask me.

  2. says

    This wasn’t an easy prompt to consider. For one thing, my favorite time of day is early morning – very early morning before there’s much, if any daylight. And because I don’t use flash, it’s a difficult time of day for me to be taking photos. Secondly, it was impossible for me to consider just one space out of the whole. For me, what whispers “home” is the people I share home with – whether it’s the ladies who gather here for Bible study Wednesday mornings, the grandlittles who call me “mimi, my daughter who still lives at home, or the man I love and have shared multiple spaces with over the 3+ decades we’ve been married. My photos for this prompt include a mason jar of azaleas on the kitchen counter, a bucket of baby/toddler toys, and my husband’s hand as he helps me in the kitchen. These photos are in my “Tweetspeak Poetry Photo Prompt” board on Pinterest:

    • says

      Patricia, I think you considered it very well. Home isn’t always a ‘what,’ but a ‘who.’ There’s no wrong answers. I like your photos very much. Especially the one with your husband’s hand. It says home.


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