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Poems for the Road My Gift To You. Poem 1. Close your eyes. Wrap your arms around you body. Take a deep breath. Imagine your newborn self. Now, describe your immediate, tactile world. What do you miss about the world in which you just spent your last nine months (or so)? .

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Poems for the road my gift to you
Poems for the RoadMy Gift To You


Poem 1
Poem 1

  • Close your eyes.

  • Wrap your arms around you body.

  • Take a deep breath.


Imagine your newborn self.

Now, describe your immediate, tactile world.




  • Now, you are holding your last nine months (or so)?

  • your newborn self.

  • Tell tiny you the greatest mistake

  • s/he will make. Be honest.






Poem 2
Poem 2 Newborn Self”

  • Select the creature that coincides with the first letter of your first name, and then free write about that creature. Consider the animal’s physical, spiritual and artistic existence, as well as your experience with it.

  • A-C: horse D-F: turtle

  • G-I: dragonfly J-M: pigeon

  • N-P: pit bull Q-Z: flamingo




  • Time to share. the abstraction, create a poem title that has both words in it (creature and abstraction), and then


Poem 3
Poem 3 the abstraction, create a poem title that has both words in it (creature and abstraction), and then

  • Listen:

  • Bolero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urfjyj4FnUc

  • Slow Ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIjZE4kcg_Q

  • I Believe (When I fall in love):

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRl0dJ1Pp1k



  • Now, choose one song from the list as many as you can) and the occasions, people, moments they represent.

  • and write lines about it until you are exhausted.

  • I mean really pooped.

  • Do not ignorethe senses (smell touch taste hear see), but do ignore ALL abstract nouns.


  • Now write a poem that begins: as many as you can) and the occasions, people, moments they represent.

  • When I hear “Song Title” by “Artist”…

Ask yourself:

How do I convey to the reader the importance of this song?


Poem 4
Poem 4 as many as you can) and the occasions, people, moments they represent.

  • Listen Some More…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LgQhfusf_E


  • Suffice: as many as you can) and the occasions, people, moments they represent.

  • Verb

  • Be enough or adequate,

  • meet the needs of

  • Make two lists:

  • List the specific times in your life when you have not “been enough” or have been simply “adequate” (or did or did not meet the needs) for another human being--friend, family member, lover, co-worker, acquaintance, stranger,, etc.

  • Now list the times when you rose to the occasion for another person, in other words, you more than “sufficed” or were more than “adequate.”


  • Choose one occasion/person from your list and write a poem in second person utilizing that person’s perspective. In other words, imagine that person is speaking to you. Let me share one from my list…

  • Now, if I am writing from my neighbor’s perspective about the time I did nothing about the screaming, I might begin:

  • I shouldn’t blame you and your paralysis;

  • there’s so much screaming in the world

  • these days, and maybe for folks who live

  • in a house like ours—untrimmed trees,

  • old Chevy on blocks, rusted laundry sink

  • on the porch—the scream is easy to reason.


  • Time to share. in second person utilizing that person’s perspective. In other words, imagine that person is speaking to you. Let me share one from my list…


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