All my writing projects have come to a bit of a halt recently (there’s been too much else going on and I’ve been struggling to focus) but I’ve been keeping my finger in the creative pie by trying a few writing challenges.
I’ve already done a ‘ten to one‘ micro fiction and and A to Z story and my latest burst of creativity is an attempt at a 7x7x7x7 poem. The idea with this is to go to a book shelf, take the seventh book, turn to page seven and find the seventh sentence – this then becomes the first line of a seven line poem. Here’s mine:
Small neat ears and thick silky hair.
Huge limpid eyes that enrapture and stare.
My profile is noble; a cause of delight.
My cheeks are… all furry?! That doesn’t seem right!
And whiskers? And claws? What on earth can this mean?
Argh, No! A long tail! I think I might scream!
Oh thank f**k – it was only a dream.
The book was The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. As you might guess, that first line is a description of Rat. I ended up using that fact as inspiration for the whole poem (it could have gone anywhere really as it was a usefully vague description). I also managed to fit the poem in with this week’s prompt which was ‘Dream’ – thanks for the extra inspiration Sara!