Writing prompt of the week

This old house

The writing prompt for the week is “This old House”

Don’t forget to post your submission in the comments, send it to us (if you don’t have access) or link back to us!

You can write a poem, a short story, anything experimental, but it must use the words “This old house” somewhere in the writing. You can find my submission below.


Of bricks and boards

creaking floors

Paint that peeled

weathered revealed


Dirty windows


garden paths

scarred up trees


empty rooms

filled up with dust

leaky faucets

pipes of rust


and still I hold

this old house

and you my dear

only a home

as you were here

About Ionia Froment

book blogger and reviewer, mother of four boys, classical pianist and amateur photographer. I love reading, writing, music and learning to cook new and unusual dishes. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book unless I have the opportunity to be walking on the beach collecting seashells:)

33 comments on “Writing prompt of the week


    The quaint, little village sleeps, lost,
    among steep valleys.
    Its thick, thatched roofs,
    like old men’s fur caps, worn.
    The sound of silence envelopes this old house
    In a mysterious blanket
    of solitude and warmth.
    The pots with red, white flowers
    rest, dozing, at the windows;
    likewise do little sparrows
    that hide among the leaves.
    This place heals all your soul wounds,
    And leaving it, you envy
    The picture postcard feeling
    of harmony and peace !

  2. Love this idea! Will be getting involved in this, your prompts are keeping writers block away 🙂

  3. Great minimalistic approach. Very nice. 🙂

  4. This looks fun. I like your old house…er… I mean the poem.

  5. What a lovely poem. It reminds me of a good feeling but with a sense of loss. Thank you for sharing. I shall have to try to see what I can do with this writing prompt. Off to a walk I shall go to think.

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  7. Love it! You’re so creative!

  8. Reminds me of my grandmother’s old house we were renovating when I went through a divorce….hated to leave and hated to stay. You are so very talented Ionia, even with few words.

  9. […] I may do  something with a writing prompt about old houses.  That prompt can be found here: https://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/writing-prompt-of-the-week/.  Then I am reading the last two installments of a sotry (that can be found […]

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  11. A sweet poem, it reminds of abandoned homes I’d see in my town when I was a child, always wondering who had lived there, imagining the inside as much as you describe it. Poignant. Nicely done, Ionia. (Are you still trying to resist the poet’s mantle? Your resistance is futile, you know.)

  12. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:

    The writing prompt of the week: This Old House. At The Community Storyboard.

  13. I missed the love boat last week. I may get round to doing one this week.

    I can see your old house in my mind’s eye.

  14. Love your words, Ionia. I love the prompt too – as I read everyone’s entries I’m reminded of the home I grew up in and suddenly inspired to have my own old house to wrestle with! Stop inspiring! 🙂

  15. […] Written in response to Ionia‘s writing prompt for the week, This Old House. […]

  16. […] No, I call it writing, D. I couldn’t help myself. Ionia issued the writing prompt “This Old House” at the Community Storyboard and I had to get involved. I like old […]

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  18. Carmen, I really liked your post!!

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