Here in Alabama I subscribe to an email newsletter that shares about poetic happenings in the Birmingham area. Yesterday there was a prompt taken from the book POEMCRAZY: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan G. Wooldridge.
Here are a few words from the introductory pages:
"It's impossible to teach anyone to write a poem. But we can set up circumstances in which poems are likely to happen. We can create a field in and around us that's fertile territory for poems. Playing with words, we can get to the place where poems come from. We can write and make discoveries about who we are and who we might become whether or not we truly commit ourselves to becoming poets."
And here is the prompt from chapter 31:
"Go outside alone and wander until you notice an object that might have a quality you need or with something to tell you.
- Name it (Give it a real or made-up name.)
- Describe it by comparing it to something else (analogy)
- Then ask it, "Bring me a quality that you have that I need." "
Here a couple of the examples shared:
"Striped worn river rock . . .
bring me your heavy wisdomat the still point in the riverwhere I can lie back, like you,in shallow waters . . . .
- Jeri, an adult
Honey mushroomfloating in grass like a plump cloudbring me your loveof dark places
- Susan Wooldridge "
So I decided to give this a try... I hope you will, too!
cracked plastic bucket
still red as a ripe tomato
bring me the ability
to rejoice in the weight of water
even as it dribbles away
bare as a fresh-plowed field
bring me your willingness
to kiss wind
and cradle snow
drab as an old boot
bring me your way
of flying without
need for applause
graceful as ship's sail
bring me your
of folds and creases
Thank you for reading!