Your Life’s Table of Contents Poem
I once asked a friend named Jill how she got to be such an organized principal. “I think it was because my mother gave me all her old empty spice jars when I was little,” she replied. “I spent hours and hours organizing those jars in different ways, and so that got me thinking about organization at an early age.”
A couple of years ago, Dr, Sarah Donovan shared a thought of organizing a presentation proposal on verse in verse. That thought has not stopped spinning in my mind, and I started thinking about how I might write a table of contents organizing my poetry for the poems I have written over these past few years in verse.
Imagine you are creating a collection of your own work, and try your hand at an organizing poem today using a format like the one below to be a table of contents or any other feature of a book. In this version, for example, Chapter One would be “The Smiles, The Fears, The Laughter, The Tears.” It would contain poems coded for those themes.
5 Replies to “Life TOC”
I love this so much, Kim; the lightning pace of it reminds me of the alarming pace of life. You're a wellspring of inspiration, poetic and otherwise!
What an inspiring post. Maybe now that I am retired I will have more time to get better organized!
Kim, I loved all three of your prompts this week. I appreciate the way they tapped into my creativity in a rather subconscious way. I’ve been thinking about organizing my poems. I don’t even have them in documents and had completely forgotten about the sports poem Sarah asked to use in the sports poetry anthology. I wonder how many other long-forgotten poems are floating on her site and in my blog. I have a specific theme in mind. At any rate, I need to get the poems into a more stable platform. They’re mostly in the notes app on my phone.
Yes, your life table of contents is gorgeous. I love it. Today I'm loving that last stanza–your story / the who / your life / the you – I always love the creativity you bring to the phrases you turn. Beautiful.
What a cool poetic form! What I like so much about the way you've done your “Table of Contents” is the way you've used repetition so consistently. I'm picking up a very literary, “by the book” vibe scanning down your TOC. At the same time, I can't just scan. The way you include the emotional imagery nestled amid the other items encourages me to stop, to dwell, to meander. That's sneaky – and I love it!