Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads
On Poetry, Writing & Metaphor – Dreaming with Stacie
Today I invite you to write a poem based on a specific metaphor. Rather than assigning you one, I’d like for your senses to guide you – take a few moments to sit quietly. Focus on an image, a sound, or a smell around you. Which one draws your attention most? Why? What are the words you think of when you see/hear/smell it? Draw a map of word or picture associations. Choose the metaphor that most inspires you to write your poem.
Rotten egg puffs of sulphur
suffuse the room in cloud.
They sweep in figure eights
’round furniture, and unfortunate
people seated in their path. Ugh!
Yuck! Hold your breath and pinch
your nostrils. The dog remains
in same position–silent, puzzled,
innocent–as candles are hurriedly
lit, and red apple room spray soldiers
combat the enemy.