Write of Renewal

Spring! And even the bristling desert sweats grace.

What’s New for You?

Have you been tending the plucky new buds and shoots in the garden? How about braking for baby ducks bobbling across the street? Questing in search of a cure for a fresh outbreak of the travel bug? Inviting spring’s perfume in through the open windows to chase out last year’s stagnant air?

Good! Channel that energy to create some word art! The seasons can inform our writing, and inherent to this time of year is the concept of renewal. Use this motif to celebrate all that is new, awakening, returning, and fresh in your life. Write about that which breathes life into the stagnant spaces!

Write Short

This is the perfect time of year to write a collection of snappy little poems instead of laboring over something longer and more weighty. Let your short pieces decorate your journal or home like spring blooms.

Consider writing haiku or small stones. I see you curling your lip at the word haiku! You may have residual gut repulsion to those cheesy 5-7-5 syllable doodads your middle school English teacher forced you to pen. Don’t let your childhood prejudices against haiku ruin the fun! Check out the guidelines and sample poems at The Heron’s Nest, as well as those at Modern Haiku. This form’s essence lies in presenting two separate images, without commenting, in a way that intuitively highlights some extraordinary aspect of ordinary experience. It’s great fun to keep cutting away at your words until you have the most concise, crisp, clean-cut images possible. When you’ve hit on the right combination, those three short lines can ring with unexpected resonance. Give it a try!

Poetry Prompt: That First Step

Whether you choose a short or longer form, you can incorporate renewal into your poetry by merely suggesting it with images and word choice. You might choose to write about the first step in a new direction. Use a small act, item, or scene to signify an abstract “rebirth,” like that resulting from forgiveness, a brightened attitude, a rewarding choice, a courageous leap, or the achievement of some desired discipline. Your inspiration can come from a fresh start you made in the past, one you are currently making, or one you’d like to (or need to) make. The change can be personal or familial, secular or spiritual, small or great. Choose details, words, and rhythms that communicate your feelings associated with this renewal.

Whatever you do, let joy have its way with your words as you write!

Seasonal Crafts and Activities

If you have any egg hunts to plan this year or decorating you’d like to do around the house, consider the following fun ways for incorporating your poems–and those written by others:

Poetry Egg Hunt

  • Create some age-appropriate poems to include with other goodies in the eggs for children to hunt.
  • Include a single line of a traditional poem in each egg. At the end of the hunt, have the group work together to piece together the lines in order to recreate the entire poem. Have a short reading that includes the final guess version against the original version.
  • Have children write short poems earlier in the week and place them in one another’s baskets. Hold an informal reading while the young ones enjoy their treats.

Word Art Decoupage

  • Write some short poems or lines of poetry and use them to create decoupage eggs. If you need inspiration for designs, check out some of the beautiful products artists are selling on Etsy.com.
  • You can, of course, apply the decoupage concept in various ways. If you celebrate a religious holiday this season, you could decoupage spiritual poetry onto a religious symbol.

Poem Nest

  • Cut lines of poetry into strips of paper. Use the paper to create a nest in a basket. You can lay eggs, spring animal figurines, etc. on the poetry nest. Use this as a centerpiece or gift basket. Alternately, you can create smaller nests with little eggs to use as place settings at a meal.

About Lesley Clinton

Lesley's poems have appeared in the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, Sakura Review, Haiku Society of America members anthology, Euphony Journal, Frogpond Journal, and others.
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