What Would a Poem Say To You?

I came across this wonderful, imaginative post from the mind of Maja (Business in Rhyme) and felt compelled to share it with you.

She asks you to consider not what you think of your writing, but what your writing thinks about you. Imagine you were a poem, what would you say to you?

(see mine below)

It’s a bit strange title for the blog post, isn’t it? This is a different approach to writing prompts and exercises that you are accustomed to on this blog, but the last thing we want is to be boring and monotonous. And before you dismiss whole idea, because it sounds silly – actually it is […]

via The Poem Strikes Back! (creative writing exercise) —

I urge you to click through, read the post and have a go at the writing challenge. I thought I might give it a go, although those of you who follow my posts will know that:

  1. I do not understand poems unless they rhyme or are a dirty limerick
  2. Do not like to give myself ‘the feels’ via self exposure so generally avoid it.
  3. Still don’t understand poems

So this could be a disaster. Have a read through Maja’s post and then come and let me know what you think!

It’s time for your writing. You are about to sit at your table but there is already a piece of paper waiting for you. It’s a poem, addressed to you and it says: “Dear_______

Dear Nicola,

The house is buzzing, alive

With the sound of the bugle,

The alarm clock’s call to arms,

The signal for slumbering men to

Roll their mats, don their garb

And hastily convene to break their fast.

They note you there but do not see you

Orchestrating, providing, marshalling.

And when they storm from the house

I see you, taking a moment, breathing

Rallying yourself for the next wave

With weary cavalrymen

And weakened swords.

You will never back down or surrender,

But beware, the battles you face alone,

Are the worst.



About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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10 Responses to What Would a Poem Say To You?

  1. You surprised yourself there didn’t you? What a lovely way to do it, well done!

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  2. Irresistible – to imagine what a poem would say to you. I’m going to experiment with this. I do feel that your writing has a life of its own once it is written, so why can’t it have an opinion ?

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  3. Hi Nicola, thanks for sharing my post and your beautiful poem. I hope you had fun while writing it, as it forces us to look at our lives differently and step back from the ordinary routine. 🙂

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  4. minipoet says:

    Really lovely poem Nicola! Thank you for taking the exercise and sharing with us 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, I usually actively avoid writing poems as I don’t ‘get them’, the understanding of them is often personal to the writer. Channelling that theory with this exercise really helped to put words on paper. It flowed easier than I thought actually. I think I was trying to tell myself something!

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