in the morning garden
elm flowers dangle in the trees
fluttering clusters of papery wings
a reddish-purple heart
in glimmering green
Kim M. Russell, 23rd April 2017
Image found on woodlandtust.org.uk
On Day 23 of The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompts, It’s All In Your Head.
Julia says says that poetry is supposed to be i) read aloud and ii) memorable. Bearing that in mind, she would like us to explore a compositional process that forces us to actually speak the words we’re crafting and make sure they stick in our heads.
So, for today’s task, she would like us to not put pen to paper. We should compose in our heads, or aloud – nowhere near a pen, pencil or computer. She suggests we go for a walk, take a long bath, sit in the library, garden or park – or just let our minds wander over the hoovering.
We mustn’t set pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, until poems are perfect and whole in our heads. She warns that it’ll be indescribably tempting to rush to a notepad as soon as we get a good line in our heads – we must resist this urge!