Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Tail - My Poem Writing Year #126


Dreaming of Tails
by Amy LV


Students - You may be wondering, "Where did this poem idea come from?"  All I can say is, "I have no idea."  One of the exciting parts about writing a poem every day is that each day brings its own poem-mystery.  Today I began by writing notes about playing in a pool, wrote few lines about playing cards, and then somehow wrote the line, I wish I had a tail.  This is the line that I decided to follow, and to think about different uses for animal tails, I found some helpful ideas here at Wikipedia.  Yes, I could say that this poem grew from writing about wishes, but it didn't.  Honestly, the whole thing took me by surprise.

Many times, writing does lead to surprise.  This is why it's never a good idea to just sit worrying and thinking, "I don't know what to write."  Often the act of writing will teach you exactly what you have to say.  Just get started with any old words-on-the-page, and see where they take you!

So, do I really wish that I had a tail?  Maybe I do.

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