New Voices, New Verses, New Writers
September 4, 2020
By, Kaye Walker
Just in case you didn't catch my request to "watch this space" last week — I'm back with what I hope is more food for thought, but hopefully in an upbeat way. Perhaps you might call it a writing game, a puzzle, or a riddle. But for the purpose of my writing sample, it is just a good old metaphor.
So...here goes: Choose a concept, an abstract noun. For example, my word is Prejudice. You might pick your own or even use mine with your own ideas. Here are some to get you thinking: Patience, Perseverance, Purpose, Pride, etc. Other examples of abstract nouns: Compassion, Community, Truth, Alone, Friendship, Church.
I am including my example, and as I mentioned, you may use mine as a model, or create yours as a riddle, puzzle, or whatever becomes your own personal writing possibility.
Here are the directions for how I wrote my Prejudice verses:
1st verse: Prejudice is an animal...(elephant)
2nd verse: Prejudice is a food...(ice cream)
3rd verse: Prejudice is a number...(4)
A huge, overpowering and intimidating
Looming in the middle of a room
Where no one sees, cares or confronts.
The elephant itself sees with narrowed
Raising his head and trunk
Bellowing away all that is feared and strange and misunderstood.
Ice cream that has a bad taste
no matter what your favorite flavor.
Coming in bulk containers,
Holding enough to feed all those clamoring
For a taste
That cold, rich ice cream
Savored as an innocent treat.
Yet when taken in/eaten too much — to fast...
The number 4.
One's thoughts, feelings, relationships,
Until hitting that
Decisive angle, that hard turn to the right
Turning poor judgment across
That narrow line
Leading downward even further...
Further into opinions of hurt, anger, ignorance.
Into the pits of...