Your creative writing prompt today is a quote from a Mary Oliver poem:
Imagination is better
than a sharp instrument.
To pay attention, this is our endless
and proper work.
Take a moment to absorb this sentiment. We’re always rushing on to the next thing, trying to keep up with each other, with ourselves. The human race – what are we like, eh?
For this exercise, give yourself a little time to watch the grass grow, to listen to a fly buzz or a crow caw. Watch the sky for cloud shapes, or at night count the stars. Try to find some beauty in whatever is around you, slow down and let paint dry, then describe the process in words. Stare at shadows and make something of them.
Mary Oliver was a much-lauded American poet who died last year. She was tuned into her surroundings and wrote with great skill and feeling about nature, as well as nurture. I would highly recommend you check out some of her poetry.
Meanwhile, have a go at writing a poem of your own, something to record your experience of being alive, right here, right now. As many lines as you like, any style, rhyme if you want, or not if you don’t.
Back to Basics – if you need to catch up, it started here (but we’re nearly done now).
I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time)