I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and working through the daily writing exercises. Today’s prompt is a Line by Line poem, which follows a specific direction for each line. Here is the process:
Part 1 Line 1 - Describe the sky Line 2 - write a sky simile Line 3 - change your mind about the simile Line 4 - describe something with a sound and smell Line 5 - describe that same thing by how it feels to touch it Line 6 - write a line about you and a field and the night Line 7 - write a line telling how you feel with an image Line 8 - using the line above as a starting point, compare this feeling/image to something Line 9 - expand on this simile/metaphor/comparison Line 10 - write a line using a horse, the moon, and the ocean Line 11 - describe how it would feel to be in a fight (without using the word fight) Line 12 - describe paralysis (without using the word move or paralyzed) Line 13 - write a line using fire, a trumpet, and a wolf Line 14 - write a line using imagery from a dream Line 15 - what if that dream became a nightmare? How would the image change? Line 16 - what woulds would you speak to the nightmare image? Line 17 - what force would you have move through the nightmare image? Line 18 - End with the sky, echoing what you did in the first line but modified. Part 2 Revise the results until the poem is the way you want it to be. Stargazing through the stargazer window of my Little Guy Max, lit like a Christmas tree in the Heavens twinkling, but without strings and colors cloved oranges hanging on boughs smooth and scratchy moving through the darkened countryside fields, bursts of icy wind piercing my lungs a jolt of cold with sharp barbed edges under a full moon high tide with a Royal Lipizzaner Stallion resisting the undercurrent of sleep completely still, mesmerized a wolf struts across glowing embers to a jazz trumpet technicolor dream animation coming to life in vivid imagery - chasing Grandmother, with the big teeth Grandmother, what big feet you have! Run, run through the night sky, Grandmother! Laser-fast! illuminate the night sky with meteor speed ~ your stargazing girl keeps watch!