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Friday, June 2, 2017

Midnight Ramble


Tiger toes
tip-toe through
my dreams
leaving no 
dust prints
only the wish
to grab
a star
and write
it home.


Make a list of 20 nouns each day for the next week.  Then at the end of the week pick one word from each of your lists to write a poem.  Or who knows maybe as you are making your lists a word or two will jump off the page and beg to write a poem for you.  Try this and see what happens.  I've been having fun working with this all week.  My lists have been fairly productive. Have fun writing your poem.
Today is Poetry Friday.

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for your midnight ramble, Joy! Write it home, write it home! And I adore that Hawaiian proverb. xo

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    1. Thanks Irene. I know you have lived that experience of having poems write for you.
      I have a long list of the Hawaiian proverbs, I've been trying to remember to include them on my blog. Glad you enjoy it.

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  2. Maybe I can make something coherent and positive from my weirdly stressful dreams from this week!

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    1. Start with the list of nouns and see what your unconscious wants to throw at you.
      This exercise came from re-reading an oldie, Ray Bradbury's "Zen and the Art of Writing."

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  3. I love the exercise idea, Joy, will try for some lists in the coming days! And I love the thought of "tiger-toes". I glad they are just 'tip-toeing". Happy Friday!

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    1. To see where I got the idea from, read my response to Mary Lee. Tiger-toes came from changing Bradbury's "panther paws."
      Hope you have a happy weekend.

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  4. I love this idea to use lists of words to generate ideas. I'm jotting it down to try when I get stuch

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    1. Kay, it isn't just lists of WORDS, it is NOUNS. When you have a list of concrete nouns, you are much more likely to end with good images in your poem, and the likelihood of getting a metaphor out of it is much higher. The unconscious is where the metaphors reside.

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  5. Great idea to make noun lists and then combine them for a poetry prompt--I'm going to try it!

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    1. I hope it works as well for you as it has been for me. Metaphors be with you.

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  6. This definitely sounds like a good way to shake up your creative side, and break out of a writing rut. It could be fun to pair with a friend and come up with noun lists for each other, could be surprising to see where the other takes them!

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  7. I'll have to read this to my daughter. She loves tigers.

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  8. Love the thought that you wrote for Kay: the likelihood of getting a metaphor out of it (your lists of nouns) is much higher. I want to try this because as with Mary Lee my dreams are wild, crazy and haunting me this week. I wrote a poem Strange Dreams for this week's PF and Kevin Hodgson interpreted my poem into a video. Glad that your tiger only tip-toed into your dream and left no dust prints (BTW-like the term dust prints).

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  9. I think I will try this next; it looks and sounds like fun! Thanks for the idea. The Golden Shovel was a fun exercise that ended up writing itself.
    BTW, what with "panther paws" and "tiger toes", you have me thinking about "lion limbs"! Maybe that one writes first!

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  10. As far as I'm concerned, any poem that starts with "tiger toes" is one to write home about. :)

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