Now for a little fun.
First, take that list you were just working with…
…and for each word come up with three words of similarity and three of opposition. Though these may be synonyms and antonyms, they don’t have to be. They can be as associative as you like.
Got your words?
Okay, go fetch that poem you just finished.
Pretend you never saw it before in your life. Because you’re going to mess it up, and that’s easier to do with something you have no emotional attachment to. What you meant when you wrote the poem is unimportant from here on out, you’re going to find new meaning(s) in it. (What’s this? A poem? Hmmm. * )
Pop out the list words and replace them with words from the similarity list, then try the opposition words, then try mixing them. Play with sound. Add, subtract, divide.
When you finish, let us see what happened. If you will, give us a little glimpse into your process: What you started with, what you used for change material, why you chose one word over another in the final piece.