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Prompt #74 Left-hand first

September 29, 2011

Left-hand first!

We Write Poems:  
For this week’s prompt, flip the coin, we’re taking tails not heads!  Our exercise is both simple and physical.  We invite you to write using your “other” (non-primary) hand (right-handed folks, use your left, and likewise reversed if you’re left-handed please).  Of course this implies pen-to-paper, at least for your initial writing (keyboard later, but not to begin).  Your penmanship needn’t be pretty, just legible to you.  OK?

The point is to write in a manner we almost never do.  Thought often follows physical.  So we’re breaking from the old and familiar and comfortable.  Some folks say there’s a shift in thought and attitude from right to left (brain or hand).  Let’s look and see!

Maybe your other voice will even have a different name!  Allow that to be expressed if that’s what you find.  Different attitudes, tastes and points-of-view?  Allow that too.  That’s why we’re doing this.  From experience my familiar voice wasn’t eager to surrender the reins.  So maybe you’ll find it fruitful to do some writing like this every day for the entire week, the more to allow that other voice opportunity to express itself openly.  (Keep a willing, playful attitude!) The content and form of your poem can be anything you wish.

At the end of the week, join or stack or select what parts you wish into one poem to present.  Because this process might be more of “discovery”, be generous with yourself (let your editor go fishing for a while!).  Be more attentive to discovery than writing a perfect poem.  We look forward to reading your results!

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself.    ***    You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share.    ***    When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!).    ***    Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

  1. Irene permalink*
    September 30, 2011 1:21 am

    Hrmph..this sounds incredibly complex to a right-handed person..*pout*

    • September 30, 2011 2:00 am

      Be brave. 🙂 It’s doable. Besides it’s amusing to observe how your brain resists then learns.


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