One of the main reasons why we don’t try creative things is because we’re afraid to fail. We’re afraid that our drawings won’t look right or that our dancing will be awkward. This is especially true for art that seems intimidating or inaccessible, like poetry.
We’re forgetting that to create good art, we first have to create bad art. If you or your siblings took piano or violin lessons as kids, you’ll know what I’m talking about. When you first squeaked out the notes to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at your recital, you sounded terrible. You just didn’t care.
Today, I decided to try reverting back this mindset by writing a poem that was intentionally bad. This let me stop worrying about whether or not I sounded good and instead just enjoy playing with language.
I tried incorporating some of my emotions from the day, but I didn’t try to make it into anything profound or earth changing. If you try writing one, feel free to use clichés or repeat words. It might give you some good ideas for a serious poem, or it might just make you laugh. The point is just to try.
Here’s my attempt:
Tonight, the droopy moon glimmers like
a celestial lightning bug,
a golden, glittering orb in the gleaming sky,
and tiny splashes of rain lick the
window like my cat licking her fur
after she’s just eaten her food out of the dish in the kitchen,
which is weird because rain is not a cat.
I don’t know where this is going, but I guess
I’m feeling a sort of kinship with the moon–
I’m also droopy.
Tomorrow, I still have to go
is just a dot on the horizon.
Want to learn more about writing poetry? Here’s another article you might enjoy:
- What Use Is Poetry? by Meena Alexander