Another day, another poem. Today at the Garden we are prompted by Margaret.
“Poem sketching” was introduced to me years ago here at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads by Ella in 2012. HERE is a link to that challenge and a fine description of how to create a word list.
When I have “writer’s block” I use my own version of a “word list” – I write down words that apply to a photo(s) I have taken – what I see in the photos and the feelings and memories they evoke. I will write down anywhere from 10 – 20 words and then I will get out my thesaurus and search for “richer” word choices. “Alabaster” is a word I found for “white” and is a favorite word of mine to this day.
Today’s challenge is for you to create and use a word list – you can use the 2012 linked challenge “rules” or use my version.
One of things I ‘struggle’ with as a writer is breadth of vocabulary. I’m not hugely well read nor was I particularly interested in ‘literature’ as a young person.
I feel very often that I am dipping my hands into an empty pot for words and am constantly running for the Thesaurus when reading the more erudite of the toads.
I think I write like I play the guitar. Simple and gutsy.
This prompt was a revelation. Just like doing crosswords can expand vocabulary so could beginning a collection of ‘word groups’ and so I thought I would dive right in.
Of course I am not a big fan of structure either so threw out the rules.
Intuition guided me to select 13 ( a baker’s dozen) words that were in my sight without looking on the pc. Books, cd’s, quotes above my desk etc
These were the words:
giant, hope, throat, falter, smile, humor, golden, skin, yearning, issue, selected, perfect, samba.
I grouped them thus: (kinda random choice)
- giant, smile, golden, perfect
- hope, falter, skin, issue
- throat, humor, selected, yearning
- samba ( this became the theme word)
I then visited my Thesaurus and began scribbling.
Here is my poem for today.
It surprised me.
behind the veil
soft and slow
that propitious touch
whirl y trance