Your First Assignment:
Today, I want you to plumb the depths of your memories:
First, see if you can recall some lines of poetry that have shaped your picture of life. Make a list.
Try to dispel the walls of judgment between awesome and nonsense. Maybe an old proverb or commercial jingle popped into your head. Maybe it's from a jump-rope chant, a song or a greeting card. Each influence has filled a spot in our thinking.
Choose one of the lines from your list that jumps out at you.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you”
“Do not let the sun go down on your anger”
“Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight” ⬅
“Now I lay me down to sleep…”
“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!”
Make your list as long as you wish or stop when you've found a line that inspires you. Follow the inspiration and don't let it slip away while you "just finish this up."
Note: You can save your list on a separate page in your poetry file or create a new file titled "Poetry prompts" or a label of your choosing. Add to it whenever a new one comes to you.
Your Second Assignment:
Try this pattern:
Begin a new line with each sentence (or after each comma),
so your lines are arranged like a standard poem.
Example of pattern:
From this -
I wish I knew the way forward. I like the idea of poetry, but it is not so easy to write. How will I find words that fit? Will I ever figure this out? I must believe in possibilities.
To this -
I wish I knew the way forward.
I like the idea of poetry,
but it is not so easy to write.
How will I find words that fit?
Will I ever figure this out?
I must believe in possibilities.
- Now, take the line you chose in the first assignment and use it as an inspirational writing prompt!! Serious or silly, romantic or gritty. Write down all your thoughts.
Examples for assignment:
Free verse -
"Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight..."
I love when the first star appears in the sky.
It sparks and sings and calls to my body, yearning.
It begs me to laugh, dance, twirling like a two-year-old in a tutu.
It compels me to look further, deeper, for a brightness within.
“Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight...”
Hello starlight, you’re a surprise!
I’m so used to smoggy skies.
You’re the first in a good long while.
Your brightness makes me smile.