Friday, December 28, 2018

Ideas from Friends & Best Lists

Sage and Cali
Photo by Amy LV

Students - I am always seeking new and interesting topics for writing, and last week, I read this writing suggestion from my friend, the wise Rebekah O'Dell, on Twitter.

This got me thinking about best lists.  And about how terrible I am at favorites. And then, on a snow-hike, about how our family does have two best dogs. And of course about how everyone's dog is a best dog.

So, yes, young writing friends.  Way does indeed lead onto way in writing.  Keep your eyes and ears and all of those holes in your head open for learning and observing.  You never know which one plus which other one in your life will add up to the two of a little poem.

And who knows, perhaps Rebekah's suggestion to think about "bests" will inspire you too.  Mine is a list poem, but I could have chosen my best book from the year and written a story poem about snuggling up on the couch with it. Or I might have chosen my best 2018 day and written a poem from that day's point of view.  Or I could have taken Rebekah's advice and written a poem detailing all of the reasons that one particular something is one of the best of its kind. I really want to do this and likely will. Likely tomorrow. Likely in my notebook (with this shiny new fountain pen).  Maybe a poem...maybe prose.

The best thing about writing? The possibilities are endless.  Every single year.

Donna is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Mainely Write with an introduction to a few of her yard angels and a poem about the reading angel. This community is here and sharing poems and poemlove every Poetry Friday, and everyone is invited to visit, comment, and post.  And if you have a blog, we welcome you to link right in!

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Thought I'd try out a Best poem, if it isn't any good, well, I'm way past my bedtime:

    The Best

    The best for me
    is not so much,
    for I'm content
    with slightest touch:
    a rush of wave,
    a cooling breeze;
    or sight of stars,
    and sound of trees;
    the taste of ginger,
    smell of sweet;
    the thunder's echo
    through my feet.
    These things are best
    to me it's true,
    But is best for me
    the best for you?
    I'm sorry but
    I must insist
    You'll have to make
    your own best list.

    by Donna JT Smith, 2018 - very late/early...I should be asleep!

    1. Cute, Donna!
      And you're right, Amy! They're all best dogs.

    2. This is so much fun! "The taste of ginger,/smell of sweet" - beautiful. Now I am thinking how wonderful it would be to all write from each other's best lists. xx

    3. Donna, this is fantastic! What a wonderful poem

  2. Best inspiration--right here. Thanks for so generously sharing your thought process and your poems. I always leave your site richer than when I arrived. Happy New Year!

  3. I just had some 'best dogs' visis with my son & family. You are right, all 'best'! Thanks, Amy!

  4. I have two best dogs snoring beside me right now-- mine and a visitor for the week. And I love the "nonewspapernocomputernomagazineinsight."

  5. All the best to you in the coming year, Amy! You are so right about those lists. They can be the best thing to get your writing going sometimes. So can a hike with some of your best companions!

  6. I'm completely smitten with Cali and Sage! They are yours? Those faces! I'm desperate for a dog. Hmmm. I'll have to give a "best of" a go in my newly gifted notebook. Happy New Year friend. xx Christie

    1. Yes, they are ours! Sage is a Pyrenees Border Collie mix at 9 years old and Cali is a Border Collie Lab mix at 11 years old. I recommend getting yourself an adorable rescue before 2019! Peace, my Christie friend. xxx

  7. I love this post and your sweet dogs, Amy! We lost our "best" dog in September and I miss her so. Thankfully, our "best" cat is still with us. You've inspired me to write a poem about him. Happy New Year!

  8. Best of 2018

    been breaking up with
    been flirting with
    good enough &
    best I can manage
    right now
    been chatting up
    the it that is
    what it is

    new romance at an
    advanced age

    HM 2018

    Amy, if you haven't watched the Hannah Gadsby comedy performance that's pictured in Rebekah's tweet, do make time for it. It's funny until it's harrowing and she does a remarkable thing with the idea of a "joke."

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    1. Really heartfelt reply to this poem. I love the new romance idea. Well done.

  9. Loved "Way does indeed lead onto way in writing," and then you showed us so many possibilities. You are a gift to the writing world! Hugs and wishes for a very Happy New Year.

  10. YOU'RE the best!
    Happy New Year! Happy dog walks in the snow!

  11. BTW Sage and Cali are so sweet. We just have one dog now, Ginger, who is like owning three or more.

  12. Nature and critters are big on any "best" list for me–thanks for sharing a piece of your "best," Happy New Year!

  13. A totally delightful poem as I sit in my kitchen, coffee brewing, best dog asleep on my feet.

  14. Oh, Amy. I wrote about my best two dogs today also. And they are on each others' list of bests, as these two old boys have grown to become best friends. Thanks for this sweet poem.