Imagining Who You Are

Written for:  Quickly

Warm up with a list.

I am _______.
I am not _______.
I am _______.
I am not _______.

Be both real and wild. Be serious and silly. Go so far from the way YOU see YOURSELF that you might be describing a Batman villain or a rock. Range far and wide.

You want to wear yourself to a pencil stub with this one. You shouldn’t have enough left to call a spade a spade much less an agricultural tool. However:

If you want to cap your warm-up with a more structured write, choose (1) ONE item from your list and write, limiting yourself to what that item contains (or implies.)

For your weekend project, separate out the oddest of your descriptions, whether “am” or “not”, and the most pedestrian. Give the two lists names. Genevieve. Huck Finn. Silverfish. Whatever.
Imagine a scenario in which the two might engage, and write a brief dialog. This can, of course, be prose. Do, however, use your poetic tools.

My Choices from I Am Not: slug, calm
My choices from I Am: inkblot, storm

Hard to be a slug
if you are not calm.
What are qualms of
a slug after all?
Crawling at a set
pace, unable to flee
or become invisible
in the face of
an enemy.

On the other hand,
an inkblot may live
as a storm in your
mind. A dark splotch
swept into corners
by ferocity of storm.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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