I’m going to let you in on a little secret: my technique for creating a poem.
First, I pluck an image from the Dreamtime:
…trying to break the door down, mermaid legs….
Then, I pull the words apart, like petals from the flower and line them up in a column:
Next, I set the dream aside, and bring the individual words into the now, assigning “top of the head” associations to each one:
trying – difficult, attempting, pulling
to break – severe, destroy, shatter
the door – entrance, passage, barricade
down – descending, out, blue
mermaid – mythical, fantasy, ocean bound
legs – support, movement, progress
Then I put the words back together, assembling three new messages:
difficult severe entrance descending mythical support
attempting destroy passage out fantasy movement
pulling shatter barricade blue ocean bound progress
Finally, I sit with this new, raw material, as an artist would with a block of clay and wait for it to call to me.
It may take a little more finagling, but with patience and time, a poem is born.
To see the finished product visit Mermaid Dreams