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I am back this week from my relaxing trip to the beach. I took advantage of the ocean's poetic whispers while I was there. As I sat on the shoreline, I started generating a list in my notebook. I used my five senses and the imagery of this coastal scene to get some words onto the page. Then, I started playing with the words and phrases from my list. The result is my "Ocean Scene" poem. Working from a list is a quick strategy I use often to get my ideas flowing.
Invitation to Write:
Try creating a word list in your notebook. Once you have your list, try putting words and phrases together. Play with different combinations until you find one you like. Collecting lists can be great fun!
6/16/2017 02:49:00 am
6/16/2017 06:04:56 am
Thank you for transporting me to the beach where I always fall under the hypnotic spell of the waves crashing on the sand. I hope you had a great week there. And I have to agree with using lists to get started writing. Somehow making a list seems so much less intimidating than writing a poem, and once some words are down on paper, I can see where the poem might grow.
6/16/2017 07:08:09 am
I'm on my way next month, Kiesha. Oh you've made me want it to be tomorrow! Somehow after all your lovely images, I love that final verse, "And here you will find me". Thanks for sharing your time "feeling the tug of the tide".
6/16/2017 10:53:19 am
Absolutely - this makes me yearn for our family beach trip next month, too! Thanks for sharing the behind-the-scenes of your poem. Like Linda, I love the last lines.
6/16/2017 11:36:58 am
I like the action of the castle builders and "saltwater playground" and the meditative quality of the third stanza. Nice capture of both kinds of movement!
6/16/2017 05:27:20 pm
You captured, so beautifully, a lovely day at the beach. And you got me excited for summer vacation (2 1/2 more days!) and firing up my writing notebook. Thank you!
6/16/2017 08:03:53 pm
There's nothing quite like a change of scenery, especially a lovely little trip, to help fire up the creative juices!
6/17/2017 02:52:08 am
So beautiful....not just the words but the pace of the poem feels like the beach. My favorite words are "the hum and the scrim" I love that!
6/17/2017 04:08:18 am
I am not a "beach person," but your sensory images allowed me to enjoy it from afar!
6/17/2017 02:50:32 pm
Loved your "saltwater playground" poem." How refreshing and renewing to be away from everything and just hear the splashes of the ocean!
4/18/2018 07:56:26 pm
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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