For the second of this month's writing prompts I thought we could stay with childhood, or at least locate ourselves at a specific time in our past.
This is an exercise in stages. It's probably best to attempt each stage as you read it, rather than reading ahead, but not to worry if you can't do that.
Imagine a photograph of yourself when you were much younger.
Take your time to let it appear clearly in your mind. Take a good look at it.
Begin with the phrase: In this one I am...
Describe what you can SEE in the photo e.g. what you’re wearing, what you’re doing, who’s next to you, what the weather’s like, what’s behind you, anything in scene.
Now describe what happened just before the photo was taken, or even earlier in the day, perhaps what you were doing, or what someone else was doing.
Now use the phrase I don’t know yet... and describe something/s that will happen later in your life, that you have no knowledge of at the time of the photo.
Follow whatever comes up in your memory. If something leads you away from the photo/scene that has a lot of energy then follow it.
When you've finished writing, put your draft away for a few days before reading back over it and seeing if it can be shaped into a poem.