Limits inspire creativity.
Set a limit for yourself on the length of a poem--one sentence, four lines, two stanzas--even a random choice can work. Then, choose a set period of time to write a poem a day. Writing for others gives purpose. Maybe every poem is a love poem, a gift to someone or something, in honor of being alive.
Ten suggestions for writing a poem a day leading up to an occasion:
- a week leading up to someone’s birthday as a gift to the celebrant
- a week leading up to a wedding as a gift to the couple
- five days after a new baby is born as a gift to the parent
- the day of arriving and the day of departing a house sit as a gift to the homeowner
- the week before Thanksgiving as a gift to those you care for
- three days following the loss of a loved one as a way to honor your bond
- for a month, when changing a habit, like conserving water, as a gift to the world
- for a month, when changing a habit, such as giving up caffeine, as a way to stay sane
- two days before the anniversary of a job as a gift to a mentor
- the week in preparation for a significant trip as a present to yourself
Not inspired to write? Seek out others' poems and compile them as gifts instead. Reading and choosing a poem a day can inspire as much as picking up a pen. The gift will be for yourself and another.