Poetry Is Planned, Prepared, Edited, But More Often It’s Random

I love the spontaneity of writing, the burst of an idea committed to paper simply because you’re in the right place at the right time.

Then comes the hard work of making the piece sing.

Sometimes it’s playing with words as practice and having some fun. That’s what I did yesterday. 

I took an image posted on a friend’s Facebook wall and scribbled out an idea based on his caption, “and then the albino human statue unicyclist flew off into the storm…”

Albino Unicyclist Statue

Albino Unicyclist Statue Photo by Rob Cook (@robgcook)

This is the result

the albino fiddled with the coffee
splashing froth and milk and sugar
a hastiness borne of watchfulness

he stirred, attacking the inside edge of the cup
the clink, clink, clink an echo of rain
spattering on the window
grasping the cup between his hands
the white of one shadowing the white of the other
his fingers tapped a thunderous morse code
paused
drained the cup
and then the albino human statue unicyclist flew off into the storm…

It was a random exploration and expression of an idea based on an image and its caption. 

Try it out as a writing activity, a way to practice and develop new ideas. As I posted recently, experimenting with Storybird does the same thing.

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4 responses to “Poetry Is Planned, Prepared, Edited, But More Often It’s Random

  1. authoramandamccoy

    Nice pic. And your so right, taking a piece from random to amazing, is the hardest part of writing.

  2. This is just…(meh…am totally lacking a suitable word). It made me smile…and think…and smile. A big smile. And many thoughts…how what why? And can? Can I ever do this? Maybe I can. Thanks. 🙂

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