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Prompt #95 The Other side of Nature

February 23, 2012


The Other side of Nature

alternate descriptions

We Write Poems:
Since the response to “trees” of our last prompt seemed enthused we’re going to stay with that theme for one more week.  We’d like you to select any subject from nature as you desire (even trees again, or the sky or clouds, maybe a lake or ocean shore, maybe just waves, or a hiking trail through the countryside, perhaps your favorite pile of rocks… you decide).  Then we’d like you to make that element of nature the focus of your poem, HOWEVER in your descriptive images the challenge is to use terms not the usual or obvious for that subject.

Some examples?  Describing trees?  Don’t mention shades of green nor swaying limbs.  How would a bird or cat describe a tree?  Or an insect perhaps.  How might they “see” a tree?  Describing clouds?  Don’t say white or talk about shapes or how the light interacts.  How might a cloud taste?  Or describe them by the shadows they make.  Describing a rocky promontory?  How would you describe it if you were writing a poetic cook-book?  Shift your points of view.  Play!

And even a little “making it up” is fine with us!  Describe the ocean in shades of red?

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