Hope your weekend thus far has been super good! Today I am taking a prompt from the NaPoWriMo website for my poem.
Take a good look outside your window. Spend a minute or so jotting down all the nouns you see outside. Tree. Car. Bus. Dog. Then spend a minute or so writing down all the colors you see. Finally, think about taking place outside. Is the wind blowing? “Blow.” Is someone walking their dog? “Walk.” Spend a minute or so writing down these verbs. Now you’ve got a whole list of words from which to build a poem, mixing and matching as you go. Happy writing!
You would think I didn’t see a lot from looking out my window here in my writing room. It looks out the back of my place and all you see is coolies and tall dried grass right now. But if you sit, like I do and just watch, you might be amazed at how busy it actually is out there.
Outside My Window
Spring blue skies, clouds bustling by
The wind blows them across, like white dandelion fluff
Brown dried grass in the coolies dances in rhythm
Wind plays with the hair of the ground, teasing, tossing
I watch as a hawk slowly drifts in circles
Then another and another joins it
Doing acrobatics, glinting in the sun
Their cries a triumph of joy and freedom
Reach my ears as I squint against the glare
A lazy fly buzzes near, landing and preening
It’s iridescent wings of flight, to quickly move on
A rustling is heard beyond the picket fence, slowly it draws near
Stealthy and slowly I watch a pair of yellow eyes as they
Transform into a sleek gray form, a panther in another life perhaps
The whiskers of white, twitch, once, twice, thrice
Its eyes spot me in the window, as I hold still and breathe softly
A gaze of mysterious thoughts watch me steadily, not blinking
With a flick of a long tail I am dismissed, not worthy of stalking
Spring is slowly stretching a winter sleep from its midst.
I smile to myself, taking a slow sip from a fragrant cup
Life is awake and well outside my window today