Poem Tryouts: Small Things

24 Mar

8:10 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Cyro Baptista, Yo Yo Ma and Dave Brubek play Concordia

Good day to you all. I hope all is well in your part of the world and with your world. Now that I think of it, this leads straight into our prompt — I like it when I am accidentally clever. We live in a big, complicated and complex world and sometimes that can grow overwhelming. I have found, at those times, that focusing on the tiny things gives me great pleasure and keeps me from being overcome by my world. Conversely, if my world isn’t going so well, it takes an equally tiny thing to be the last straw.

This prompt occurred to me a few days ago when I took a sip of my morning coffee. It was a particularly well-made cup and I felt pervaded by a sense of well-being. Other small moments that give me pleasure: the moment when the sun comes out from behind a cloud — I might not have been particularly aware of the day being grey and cloudy until that moment of bright light; going through the mail and coming across a real letter, or card — I invariably feel a rush of excitement; arriving at the stove the moment when the last sizzle of water is gone from the pot of rice — I am so good at this, we don’t bother with a rice cooker!

I am a pretty relaxed and laid back person, but I can get overwhelmed easily by events in my life. Then it takes only a small thing like running out of V-8 when I had been looking forward particularly to having my husband mix me a Bloody Mary, when he arrived home. Let me tell you, I was in the slumps for the entire evening.

Meditate for a while on the last few days. During that time what small things have caused you to smile, or have made you think: Ahhh… all is good and right in my world? List them and meditate some more before choosing one upon which to focus your poem.

You can keep the poem as short and simple as the item you think of. Pick one of the many short forms with which to structure it, or write a short free form poem. Or, you may wax lyrical about your topic. You can write about the item in general, or set us in a scene.

Or, you can write about the straws that break your day.

With either poem, consider a different point of view. If you have written in first person, try the poem in third and vice versa. This is one of the simpler, easier revisions, and I am always surprised at the difference it can make to the poem and the idea it is conveying.

I will see you Thursday for National Poetry Month stuff; Friday for the roundup of this week’s prompts; and Tuesday for an image prompt and the last of my prompts until after Poetry Month. I’ll talk more on that, Thursday.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 24/03/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry


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13 responses to “Poem Tryouts: Small Things

  1. barbcrary

    24/03/2015 at 9:19 am

    • margo roby

      24/03/2015 at 9:28 am

      Whoa! Speedy lady. I’m on my way.

  2. julespaige

    24/03/2015 at 9:47 am

    OK Tuesdays are Trouble with a capital T! Got both grandees…
    But I’ve got something you might like that I wrote inspired by Whimsy…

    The piece that I also posted today called ‘spherical ice?’ is for MLM & Q.

  3. b_y

    24/03/2015 at 10:02 am

    Mornin’ Miz Roby. How’s tricks, Trixie?

  4. Hannah Gosselin

    24/03/2015 at 2:26 pm

    True story about all those small things, Margo…perfect for today…thank you.

  5. whimsygizmo

    24/03/2015 at 10:45 pm

    Enjoyed focusing on this small moment. Thanks, Margo. 🙂


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