Prompt #145 Wind yells while blowing
Wind yells while blowing
Imaging natural relationships
We Write Poems:
I’m sure you’ve written poems about sky or sea or mountains or clouds. Most often we phrase it as, “the sky”, treating sky as an objective thing. Some cultures treat natural elements in a different way. They are addressed as “entities”, perhaps with a consciousness, rather than purely dumb inanimate things.
Here’s what we’d like you to try. As a simple experiment write a poem using natural elements and remove the objectifying “the” from in front of the elemental names. Do this in a new poem you write, or even edit an old poem with this simple change. By example, write…
Sky spoke loud this day (instead of),
The sky spoke loud this day
See if you notice a change in emotional energy and perspective by doing this. Does it change how you feel in relationship with this element of reality? Do other possibilities begin to emerge in your thoughts?
No, you don’t need to change every natural element in your poem, maybe just one or a few. Try to think of these elements as “entities” with their own attitudes and desires, even if not human ones. Maybe your ability to observe will become open to new possibilities.
Why? Language not only says how we perceive our environment, it actively shapes the possibilities – allowing some, restricting others.
Come back to leave a link to your poem next Wednesday when you see our second follow-up post called, It’s Post Your Poems Day! If you have questions about We Write Poems and our prompt-and-poem process, or if you are new here at WWP, please read our about page.