Poem Tryouts: Look Out

13 Oct

9:43 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to George Ezra sing Budapest — talk about fascinating — Wikipedia this child and listen to his voice while staring at his portrait. Surreal.

What? Oh, hi. I got caught up in George. Shall we write? Short and sweet, as a friend said earlier this morning.

I was going to do a borrowed prompt, but I looked out my window just now and changed my mind. Look out a window now. NOW, not in a bit. If you have to walk to one, carry paper and pen. Jot down everything you see. If something, in particular, catches your eye, focus on it, that one thing, and write a poem. Otherwise, write your scene.

Sometimes, we get caught up in the personal and forget about what draws people into a piece of writing, the visual context provided. We need anchors to what we read, and the visual is one of the strongest. If you happen to have an audio, or other sensory thing going on, throw it in, too.

Go to it. Give me your window. The window, by the way, does not have to be part of the poem. Neither do you.

I will see you for links, Thursday (let me know if you have anything you want mentioned); and we’ll go for the borrowed prompt on Tuesday.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 13/10/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry


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30 responses to “Poem Tryouts: Look Out

  1. julespaige

    13/10/2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’m just at this point having to ‘look out’ for me.

  2. Misky

    13/10/2015 at 2:52 pm

    Glad you’ve come to appreciate his gorgeous voice and sweet face. Have you bought the CD yet? Try this one…

    • Hannah Gosselin

      13/10/2015 at 3:54 pm

      Oh, that’s a good one, Misky!! Thank you for sharing!

    • margo roby

      14/10/2015 at 10:26 am

      Good grief. That voice from that child.

      • Misky

        14/10/2015 at 12:41 pm

        His voice just does something to me very deep down.

        • margo roby

          14/10/2015 at 2:53 pm

          It’s the Muddy Waters effect. The sound gets a visceral reaction.

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    13/10/2015 at 3:14 pm

    That was perfectly inspiring! Thank you, Margo and for the introduction to George as well…so good!

    • margo roby

      14/10/2015 at 10:27 am

      Well, good!

      You are welcome. He’s something.

  4. georgeplace2013

    13/10/2015 at 5:09 pm

    Just getting back from a beach trip with kids and grandkids. I needed a nice long look out of my window. 🙂

    • margo roby

      14/10/2015 at 10:46 am

      Ack! Gets more tiring, doesn’t it? You look out the window all you want, Debi. 🙂

  5. Misky

    13/10/2015 at 5:31 pm

    • margo roby

      14/10/2015 at 10:47 am

      How lovely! There is an incredible amount of music to listen to on YouTube.

  6. b_y

    14/10/2015 at 10:03 am

    Took me a bit.

  7. pmwanken

    14/10/2015 at 10:08 am

    Hello…here’s my poem…

    Out my office window, a couple of hundred yards away (across the highway) is a flag pole that captures my attention and thoughts on a near-daily basis.

  8. markwindham

    15/10/2015 at 10:24 pm

    a poem for me! In a form even. A banner day (but not much to see out the window at night…)

    • margo roby

      16/10/2015 at 10:08 am

      Great horny toads! Hello there. It is good to see you gracing the page.

  9. purplepeninportland

    16/10/2015 at 10:49 pm

    Just listened to George Ezra, and fell in love with his voice! Thanks, Margo.


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