In order to spark some degree of creation from my sore and overused brain, I looked up some new writing prompt ideas on the internet. I found that the blog Creative-Writing-Now.com has some terrific ideas and ways of thinking about a piece which inspired me.
One of the many ideas I gleaned from my rummaging on this blog included different forms for a poem, such as instructions, a recipe and a letter. The most intriguing of these for me was a recipe. My brain immediately began scanning for non-food things in my life that could be the subject of a recipe. My psyche landed on my grandmothers hands.
This was a natural choice since my grandmother was, and still is, a big influence on me. Although she passed away about 15 year ago, I still remember many little things about her that made me feel good and loved. Her hands always fascinated me. They were never still, always creating something wonderful or doing something helpful.
Here is my recipe for Bang's Hands (the story of her name shall be for another post)
By Kimberly L. McClune
September 12, 2016
Heap of Kindness
Accumulation of Gentleness
Plenty of Industry
Hours of Play
Oodles of Comfort
Abundance of Calm
Measure of Healing
Bundle of Love
Blend the kindness and gentleness until warm.
Stir in the industry until well learned.
Skim play off the top for hours of fun.
Mix in comfort to bring a smile
Fold in the calm until steady.
Knead in the healing andGarnish with Love.
While this image is generic, it reminds me of my grandmothers hands, riddled with arthritis, as she reached out for mine. She often took my arm while we walked and I can still feel her grip and smell her perfume. Writing this small piece churns up an ocean of memories and images that I will gladly rifle through in an odd moment.
What recipe could you write as a poem? Or perhaps, you prefer to write a letter or instructions. I strongly suggest going to Creative Writing Now and looking under IDEAS for a plethora of poem and story prompts.
I'm hoping that this recent jaunt into creativity will spur me on to more and more poems and even a story or two. Keep writing and leave a comment, I'd like to hear from you.