Today’s poetry writing prompt is based on the poem Find.
Focusing on a single natural item or two was (and still is) the simple basis for a longstanding genre of poetry: haiku.
Imagine that! A whole genre that relies on attentiveness to our natural surroundings.
The haiku understands that it doesn’t “take much” to start the mind going and get the writer to start writing.
It may take a little more for us to craft something truly beautiful, insightful, even startling. But that doesn’t matter at first. The first thing is to begin.
Today, write a poem that tells its reader to find a single something located outdoors, as a starting point for reflection, love, or inquiry.
You can begin your poem like the one in the poem “Find,” if you wish: “Find a single…”
In the spirit of haiku, stay with just one or two images. Really attend to them. Write short. Then, if you want, write long. How does the medium of poem length—the poem’s design—change the poem’s message or your experience of it, if at all?
While you’re reading and/or writing poems for the next 30 days, we invite you to pair that with a choice from the Drawdown EcoChallenge. Your best bet is to choose something that lines up with things you already care about. Love food? Maybe explore that sector and see what specific actions you could take. Interested in the fascinations of travel and transport? Go with it.