Where do poem ideas come from? It's a big mish-mash, I think. This poem grew from our hot days, just watching everyone at the town pool. It also grew from an image which you can see here at ripple sketches, an inspirational site where Kelly Light found an artistic way for people to help clean oiled birds in the Gulf. I didn't purposely think about this image while writing, but after writing I realized that it must have crept into my subconscious mind.
Students - A person doesn't always have to know how s/he is going to find a writing idea. But sometimes it is interesting to look at a poem (or anything else) after writing and ask, "Where did this come from?" What we discover is that just like our dreams, our writings are crazy quilts stitched from daily impressions. When we reread and think about our ideas, we also discover what matters to us, what sticks with us, and what makes us tick and tock and put pen to paper.
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