April 24, 2013: Scott Wiggerman

All too often we get caught up with purely visual images; this is a prompt focused on aural ones.  Go sit somewhere outside (e.g., a park bench, front stoop, bus stop, etc.).  Listen carefully to all the sounds you hear, making a list of them (close your eyes if it helps eliminate visual cues).  Use approximations of sounds if need be (e.g., wha-wha-whee-ee to describe a bird noise).  After you have a sufficient list, read it aloud (more aural!) and choose five sounds, words, or phrases that resonate with you (or perhaps suggest additional images you hadn’t considered).  Use these as a basis for a nature poem titled “I Didn’t See It.”

Submitted by Scott Wiggerman from Austin, Texas

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