As we practiced social distancing, restaurants resorted to moving the dining experience outdoors. Patios emerged where there weren’t any. Streets were cordoned off and seating was extended into the resulting space. And there were the ever-present food trucks to contend with. Even a backyard wienie roast sufficed to keep the ambiance strictly airy! Take us on that dining experience (picnic is included) and express it in your words.


As with movie quotations, song lyrics offer a chance to cull some inspiration from their expression. Find something you like in one of these, or take a line from a song of your choosing and use it as an epigram upon which to base your poem. Be sure to credit the line to the artist/song or composer/song.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
― Bob Marley

“Would you destroy something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”
― Gerard Way

“We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun…we all shine on…”
― John Lennon

“I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul…”
― Bob Dylan

“I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.”
― Kris Kristofferson

“Lose your dream, you lose your mind.”
― The Rolling Stones

“These are the seasons of emotion,
and like the winds, they rise and fall.”
― Led Zeppelin

“All you need is love.”
― John Lennon

“And each one there has one thing shared;
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Look up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done,
For being done too soon.”
― — Neil Diamond.

“Love Is Not A choice”
― Brendon Urie