Saturday, March 15, 2008

March Poem Prompt 3 - Warnings

Did you know that today is the infamous Ides of March?

Write a poem that's a warning to someone, or some people, about something you believe is dangerous or is going to happen. Free write around the word 'Beware', either in a linear fashion, or by making a 'bubble map' or 'mind map'. The latter can help us break free of ordered or logical thinking and allow the mind to wander more freely or imaginatively.

Your 'warning' can be based in reality or fantasy. It can have public or private significance. It can be serious or light-hearted. List topics that people might need warning about e.g. deep water, words uttered in anger, sugar.

If you're still feeling uninspired after all this free-writing, try one of the following words or phrases as a kick-start:

This is what can happen in the dark
Careful now
Beware of snakes

You will find a poem, something that matters to you, if you keep writing, if you go deep enough.


Leatherdykeuk said...

The Ides of March
and there am I with a naked sword
sharp as the North Wind.

Why are you still here?

It was my iai-jutsu class today, hence my thoughts straying to the blade.

margaret beston said...


Do not leave bodies unattended on the station.
Bodies left unattended will be removed.
This train is the late 09.14.
Remember to keep your bodies with you at all times.
There is no trolley service on this train.
This train divides en route.
Check you are in the correct portion of the train
for your final destination.
The next station has a short platform.
Mind the gap between the platform and the train.
We will shortly be arriving.
Be sure you have all your bodies with you
when you leave the train.
This train terminates here.

Margaret Beston

margaret said...

I meant to say, I haven't been doing ju jitsu like leatherdykeuk - but I've been travelling a lot by train!