This exercise requires you write a title at the top of your page, and then create a list down to the bottom of the page. You may find the beginnings of a poem, or a wonderful line, in some of your lists. Here are some examples:
- Feeling tired
- Not having enough time
- Being misunderstood
- Not able to speak clearly
- Having a disagreement
- Being late
- Feeling incompetent
- Feeling depressed
- The first time…I was scared when home alone;
- First time I felt comfortable crying in public;
- First time we kissed;
- First time we kissed and it meant something;
- First apartment, the craziness;
- First time I said, “I love you;'
- First time someone told me “I love you;'
- First pair of glasses, with the black frames;
- First hangover…oh, yeah…
Make a list of fears, losses, happy memories, accomplishments, dreams–whatever you can think of. Take some of the ideas from these lists, and see if you can expand upon them. Example: “Feeling tired, like an ant trying to get somewhere with a rock in its.' Or, “Incompetent feels like a fish in a bowl, always swimming, but hitting nothing but glass.'
All of these lists are opportunities for a poem.
Be sure to also comment on a classmate's post for full credit.