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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Now, describe your immediate, tactile world.
What do you miss about the world in which you just spent your last nine months (or so)?
Now, tell your tiny self about his/her greatest accomplishments.
Finally, make a list of the lessons you wish your newborn self would have been born knowing.
Now, create a poem, tentatively titled: “Poem to Newborn Self”
Select the abstraction that matches with the first letter of your last name and free write on that abstraction—everything that comes to mind.
Working with what you have written about the creature and the abstraction, create a poem title that has both words in it (creature and abstraction), and then write a poem that does not mention the abstraction, but clearly invokes it through the creature.
Create a soundtrack for your life—list all the songs (or as many as you can) and the occasions, people, moments they represent.
How do I convey to the reader the importance of this song?
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…