One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Word with Laurie

Poetry is a packsack* of invisible keepsakes. ~Carl Sandburg

My husband is taking our two boys on a Boy Scout camping trip this weekend called the Spook-O-Ree. They have been preparing for the trip all day: grocery shopping, packing clothes, getting out the tents from the shed, sleeping bags, canteens, backpacks, flashlights, bug spray… and the list goes on. I guess my daughter and I will start Christmas shopping while they are gone which also involves a bit of planning and list making.

Therefore the word for today is list; I want you to write a list poem.

List poem: A poem comprised of a list of specific things connected by an idea which progresses from the beginning to a desired solution at the end. It should make a point or tell a story. The title reveals what/who the list will be about.

The Catch: As always, there is a catch. I want your list poem to involve directions or an element of how to get somewhere. What I have in mind is How To (Not) Get Lost in the Woods because I always worry about my boys when they go camping. Here it is:

How To (Not) Get Lost in the Woods

Wear that neon yellow
t-shirt I packed for you
the one that says
“You’re a Star.”
Carry a whistle
compass rose
water bottle
the big stick
your cell phone
in case you get lost;
aww, heck- put it all
in a backpack
but bend with your knees.
Never go into the woods
alone; remember the buddy
system? Follow the river.
Watch out for spiders,
snakes, bramble, branches,
bears, wild hogs;
aw, heck- never go into
the woods without your dad.

@laurie kolp

Have fun writing your list poem with directions and/or how-to _____. I can't wait to read all your wonderful creations! Thank you.

*packsack: The combination of "knapsack and backpack"


Kerry O'Connor said...

What a wonderful idea, Laurie! I adore your how not to get lost poem. Pin it on their packsacks before they leave.

Mama Zen said...

Great poem! I'll have to give this a shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

I also love your how-not-to-get-lost poem. This is a great idea. I'm going to try it, too.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

cosmos cami said...

Thank you.
I needed an outlet for an idea and this fit the bill perfectly, Laurie.

Laurie Kolp said...

Thank you! I can't wait to see all of yours!

Mary Ann Potter said...

This surely wasn't easy, and I may do some revising later, but I needed this stretch. Thanks for a cool prompt. I'm not yet satisfied with my post even though it's there for y'all to read.

Lolamouse said...

I love your list poem! Wanna write one for my daughter for when she goes to Anime Conventions in Baltimore? EEK!

Anonymous said...

Laurie, I love your list poem--I had to give it a try.

I've linked in with my idea.

Ella said...

I love this idea and I love to make where do I want to direct everyone, lol~

Laurie Kolp said...

Thank you all so much = )

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of fun Laurie! Good idea....... I'm just swamped right now with lists of my own though or I certainly would come to play......