For this month’s poetry prompt, you are to write a poem that describes the landscape inside you—in your mind, your heart, your spirit.
With summer passing and autumn turning us back indoors, it seems appropriate to consider the landscapes within us. To begin, brainstorm possible realistic landscapes that you would consider characteristic of you. Pick out a few and brainstorm some details, some connections to who you are and what’s important to you. Consider your options and select the landscape that seems best suited to you and your inner life.
Now write your poem. It can be rhymed and metered, free verse, or patterned. Describe this landscape. Be sure to use sensory details. Show how this landscape relates to who you are, the you inside, that only the people who know you best are familiar with.
When done, revise and edit. Read your poem out loud and listen for the sound patterns. Consider changing words that sound awkward or discordant to ones that better suit what you are trying to say. If you are writing free verse, examine your line breaks and indentations. Do they direct the reader through the poem, setting apart for emphasis the lines and phrases you consider key? Think about using repetition for emphasis and a lyrical rounding of the poem. Consider using assonance and consonance, playing with the repetitions of letter sounds to underscore the mood of your poem. Finally, correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar errors. Make sure your poem is clean and easy to read.
When done, share what you’ve written with your writing partners. Compliment one another on how vividly each of you evokes a sense of place.
Please share your poems as comment. We can all enjoy the trip through the landscapes you describe, especially as the weather begins to curtail our outdoor exploration.