Where we’re place may yield happiness or sorrow True happiness must be wild and untamed overgrown tendrils sprouting through the broken windowpanes The childhood bedroom where you hid under thin blankets coerced you only to a trail of grief Again led to the dying of summer What was allowed as transparent as glass paramount on the path before you Write the darkness and be still The scars will heal
Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson
Dear Loneliness, You've been there watching my rituals I lay counting stars my true colors on display embracing you like a lover self retribution what we inherit is not our destiny the shape of a thorn does not dictate the severity of the wound maps and memories simply reflect the past not a prediction of tomorrow Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson
My interrogator was ruthless casting doubt on answers lies I had told myself I denied denied what I saw right in front of me The rituals repeated my history looking me square in the face Wringing the facts from me one at a time Finally spent and weak from validity I stood tall and erect to face tomorrow leaving the past behind me Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson
I have had a terrible itch to write the past few days but nothing came. So I tried something different. I Googled "Writing Prompts for Poems" and came up with tons of ideas. So I browsed the prompts and wrote down the words or phrases that I liked: Standing in line The sound of silence Overgrown Trust issues Locked in a jar On shaky ground Life-as planned Dear Reader Some things are meant to be Strangest dreams From these words, I came up with the poem below. I call it "Some Things Are Meant To Be". Not my best work, and I didn't use everything, but I like the way it turned out. See what you think. :) Dear reader some things are meant to be The sound of silence overgrown under the lid of this jar I've got trust issues and stand on shaky ground giving me the strangest dreams Life- not as planned but some things are meant to be Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson So what tricks do you use to get your self inspired to write?
Why is the thesaurus so great? This is resource that will expand and improve your creativity in ways you never knew! This common tool is something that I had overlooked for YEARS!
I’ve been blogging for several years now. 5 or 6, I think. My blog has changed and evolved a few different times. Right now, I mostly focus on poetry. I now write my poetry with a minimum of 2 tabs open on my computer. One to actually WRITE the work and another, my new-found Best Friend, the thesaurus.
If I am trying to convey a feeling and I don’t seem to be able to find the right word for it, I always jump over to the thesaurus. In poetry, you want what you are trying to express to flow in a way that is pleasing to the reader. If it doesn’t, your work will fall flat. One word can make all the difference in the world.
I’ll give you a few simple examples. If I want to say that I’m angry in a poem or story, rather than use the word angry, my thesaurus suggests fury, indignation, rage, passion and many more. I find these much more creative ways to express anger. Don’t you?
Another example. If I want to express that I am sad, my trusty thesaurus suggests the words bitter, dismal, wistful and many others. Sound better? I think so too.
To me, using the thesaurus can make or break a poem or story for you.
In the tiny Elfchen below, titled A Splash of Starlight, in the 4th line, I used the word illuminated rather than the boring word, lit. A much more eloquent way of expressing the same thing.
starlight bathed the
night and illuminated our
My revelation of the thesaurus, described above, may be something Old Hat to many of you out there. But to many others, this may just be the thing that unlocks that creative inner voice that has been trapped inside you! You can find Thesaurus . com HERE.
So, tell me, what revelation in writing have you discovered that helps you? Please share!
Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson