Have you ever thought about all the journeys we make during our lives? A journey is typically defined as an act of traveling from one place to another. There are, however, different kinds of journeys: physical journeys in which we move from one geography to another, emotional journeys in which we experience feelings and learn how to deal with them, and spiritual journeys in which we travel interiorly toward a better understanding of ourselves and higher consciousness. Many journeys involve more than simple “traveling” or “wandering” – such journeys involve a quest or search, some kind of exploration. This is summer, and summer is traditionally the time for traveling and journeying. So … let’s think about journeys we’ve taken and write “journey poems.” Travel inward, let your poems take you where they want you to go!
1. Write a poem about your favorite vacation (travel, journey). Where did you go? Why was that vacation special?
2. Have you ever experienced wanderlust? If so, write a poem about the journeys to which your wanderlust has led you.
3. Has a particular relationship seemed like a journey to you? In what ways was that relationship an emotional journey? Write a poem about it, or write about the person with whom you “traveled.”
4. Are there other kinds of emotional journeys that you’ve experienced? Choose one and write a poem about it. Friendship journeys? Parent/child journeys? Romantic journeys?
5. Have you ever thought about the inner journey in which you seek yourself or higher consciousness? Write a poem about your inner journey.
6. How is life a journey? Write a poem about this, but watch out for clichés!
7. Where are you headed in your life right now? What’s the journey like? Write a poem about it.
8. Write a poem about a fantasy journey – a journey of another kind.
And just in case you need a little jump start, here’s some “traveling music." Click the arrow, close your eyes, and think about journeying before you start writing.