April 5, 2015: A poetry writing prompt from Raundi Moore-Kondo

Lions and Spiders and Fears! Oh My!

1. Make a list of your childhood fears.  If you are feeling really brave, try to come up with one fear for every year of life until you turned age 18. If you can’t recall what you were afraid of when you were very young, try to imagine what might have frightened a typical infant, toddler, or young child in your family back when you were a kid.  What images plagued your nightmares, and what scary thoughts ran rampant through your mind on sleepless nights?

2. Turn this list into an image driven dream where you come face-to-face with each of these frightening images. Describe them with as much poetic detail as you can. They may each be only a brief presence in the dream returned to try to scare you again, or perhaps they will try to explain to you why you shouldn’t have ever feared them. Perhaps these “fears” were each trying to  teach you something. One fear may take over the whole dream and become an extended metaphor or spokesperson for the rest of the fears. Follow the poem wherever it takes you. Even if it’s down a dark tunnel filled with lions and spiders. Have fun with it!
3. Try to end your piece with the most comforting image you can imagine. Perhaps something that comforts you now.

4. For even more frightening fun and perhaps a deeper analysis of your work and your psyche: circle words and images that stand out to you as powerful or meaningful (10 to 15 is plenty, but feel free to look up as many as you like. If you write a lot of poetry, some of these images may already be familiar themes in your work)
5. Look each of these images up on a dream interpretation/analysis website and write a second poem which “psychoanalyzes”  the writer based on the images in the dream.
Good news is that you likely aren’t crazy, you are probably just a poet.

Submitted by Raundi Moore-Kondo

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/poetrysuperhighway

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