Our Wellness Academy includes a weekly creative writing class. There are three main rules: Write from the heart, don’t judge yourself, and accentuate the positive when commenting on each other’s work.

Each class begins with a 15-minute “free write,” a kind of clear-the-pipes exercise in which students write down whatever is rattling around inside their heads. The second writing exercise often involves a physical prompt—a line of verse, say, or a postcard, or a household object.

This Asante Akua’ba doll from Ghana served as a prompt in a recent creative writing class.

Here are two poems it inspired—-poems by beautiful, creative, fertile minds.

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