Things have been…difficult lately. Maybe not the first time humanity’s been in a mess, probably not the last. It’s hard to write.
But hard’s not impossible.
Each of the following lines from The New York Times is likely to provoke an emotional response of some kind. Choose one of these or write a VERY BRIEF simplification of some topic you feel intensely. Write for yourself. Just a line, long or short. But something you are pretty sure you will still understand in ten years. Maybe (in some cases, hopefully) the context will have been forgotten. You want something that will stir your emotions. You may choose to write something opposing in theme or subject, something hopeful or joyful. That’s okay, but it should be specific.
North Korean Nuclear Test Draws U.S. Warning of ‘Massive Military Response’
Trump Seriously Considering Ending DACA, With 6-Month Delay
Eager to Create Blue-Collar Jobs, a Small Business Struggles
Since statues tell us whom society deems important, more female figures are in order.
After Harvey, a Return to High Water
Write your line a little bit above the center fold of a full sheet of paper.
Turn it over.
Now, with that in your mind, write a poem for, to, or about someone you love. (If you decided to write a joyful, hopeful line, write a poem about something you hate. Yes. Hate. And not like “I hate sticky zippers”. If you don’t hate anything or anyone, lie.)
Include two of the following words. Do not try to use them all for this exercise.
beg, knife, leak, expecting, warning, red, exhaust, airy, break, hill
If you feel, afterward, like writing a current events poem, do.