Seven-Minute Micro Poetry: The Burning Pit of Men

Image prompt

What is Seven-Minute Micro Poetry?

Seven-minute micro poetry (#7MMP) is a writing exercise aimed at getting the creative engine started. A prompt image created by Artbreeder; an AI-generated image using a neural network serves as a jumping-off point for writing your micro poem. You have seven minutes from the moment your pen touches paper. You’re free to interpret the image in any way you wish. Even a singular aspect of an image (e.g. the colour red, the time of day, a mountain) could be what inspires you to write your piece. I’m hoping this loose structure will allow for more people to get involved without feeling weighed down by the prompt. Extra time for grammar and spelling corrections is fine. Focus on the creativity of your work in the seven minutes.

How to Get Involved

Feel free to comment with your poem below. Alternatively, send me a link to your blog with the poem and I’ll do a round-up of my favourites. I’ve posted my first poem in this series to give you an example. I hope you find this little exercise useful in enabling your creativity. If you have any questions or ideas on how to make this tag better you can reach me via my contact page or in the comments. Happy Creating!


Ebon clouds streaked with scarlet tendrils
eat their way across the midnight sky.

In its almighty gaze,
I’m nothing but gristle
caught in its gaping maw

The flames offer little protection,
scorching earth but Gaia doesn’t weep.
She laughs as all-powerful beings do.

This sullen place
where death is made—
torn asunder and rebuilt.

Where I sweat and toil for eternity
without complaint.
My tongue is Tityos’ liver;
engorged by lies—feasted upon.
These silent tortures I now bear.

As the night slowly draws its breath.
I am tossed into the pit of men
to sleep and suffer once again.