Here’s an exercise which I call Jumping into the Mud although it’s sometimes called by the more prosaic name automatic writing. The exercise helps to loosen my imagination, and sometimes a decent poem results as well.
As we enter our new lives
will we remember
the faster we moved
the sicker we got?
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I find this to be such a comforting notion, that if we listen carefully, we can remember things we knew before we were born.
Pick up three objects from a shelf, or a mantel, or your kitchen counter and describe them in detail. Why did you choose them? What stories do they contain?
I was sure that I had failed my mother, unable to keep her in her home, as I had once promised.
Make an imaginary phone call to some person or thing to tell them something you never told them.
This post marks the beginning of a new irregular feature in Vox Populi. I hope readers of Vox Populi, many of whom are writers, will find the prompt helpful in stimulating their creativity.