We don’t have to be meteorologists to have an interest in the weather, and we all talk about the weather often enough (for some, it may be the easiest topic of conversation). Weather certainly happens to all of us, making it something that all people have in common. Weather may not be the only determinant for our emotions and moods, but it does seem to play a role, and it really can affect our thoughts and productivity. People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) experience moods very strongly associated with the weather. Think about it: how do you feel on a rainy day, on a sunny day, on a snowy day, and when severe weather is in the forecast?
This year there has been an abundance of rain in my corner of the world. A hot, humid summer, and days of rain again this week with unseasonably warm temps, and high humidity (just as I was ready for some crisp, clear autumn air). With global warming, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods so often in the news, I thought it might be interesting to write about weather conditions and how they make us feel. Extending that thought, I wondered how we might use “weather” to write poems that go beyond the obvious. That’s this week’s challenge!
Write a poem about a specific event that you associate with a particular weather condition (something that happened during a rainstorm, a snowstorm, a sunny day, or any other weather).
Create symbolic and metaphorical meanings. Write a poem in which you use “weather” as an extended metaphor.
We’ve all heard the old phrase “weathering a storm.” Think of “weather” as a verb rather than as a noun. What experiences or “storms” have you “weathered?” Write a poem not about an actual weather condition but, rather, about an experience that had a considerable effect on your life (emotional, spiritual, a trying time, a test of faith, etc.). How did you “weather" that storm?
Write a poem in which you use weather imagery to set tone and mood.
Write a poem about a “wind” that blew into your life to challenge or inspire you.
Write a poem in which you describe the “weather” of your love life.
Compare yourself (or someone else) to a particular weather (sunshine, rain, snow, tornado, hurricane, typhoon).
Write a “weather forecast” poem for something in your life (relationship, job, friendship, etc.).
For an added challenge, write a poem entitled “Whether or Weather.”
Remember to give your poem room to “breathe,” to go where it needs to go; and leave some spaces for readers to fill in.
Definitely lots to think about this week! Great prompt. I love the example poems too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jamie! So glad you like the prompt and the example poems!Delete
This is a wonderful prompt, and I agree with Jamie about the examples - great stuff!. Thanks again for "prompting" our creativity!
Thanks, Rich! Your kind comments are much appreciated!Delete
My effort: http://thelintinmypocket.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/writimg-challenge-weather/ReplyDelete
Wonderful, Scott! What a fantastic subject and the dismount is superb:ReplyDelete
Perhaps tonight, I’ll take off my shoes,
let the backyard grass seal
the gaps between my toes,
hum a song I’ve never heard,
and toss acorns at the moon.
Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Risa, where are you??? Hope there's a new poem this week!ReplyDelete
Wind gust assaults meReplyDelete
as I hurry home on foot.
Weatherman blew it.
Isn't that the truth! How often do the weather forecasts end up being incorrect!Delete
In just three lines, you said it all. Thanks so much for sharing!
This is wonderful, Madeleine! Thanks for sharing it with us.Delete
Hello, Jamie. Thanks for the encouragement. It takes me about a week to "cook" a poem. I'm still working on this one. I think I dreamed a good one last night.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to it, Risa!Delete
TUTTO E' POESIA / MA LA POESIA E' TUTTO?
GALE WARNING ISSUED
AT 1800/UTC ON NOVEMBER 9 GALE CEASED
OVER LIGURIAN SEA.
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH
LOCAL GUSTS OVER LIGURIAN SEA, NORTHERN TYRRHENIAN SEA,
CENTRAL TYRRHENIAN SEA, SOUTHERN TYRRHENIAN SEA WEST SIDE, CORSICAN SEA, SARDINIAN SEA AND CHANNEL, BONIFACIO
SICILY STRAIT AND CONCERNING COASTAL REGIONS.
AREA WITH GUSTS OVER
SOUTHERN TYRRHENIAN SEA
EAST SIDE, MESSINA STRAIT, SOUTHERN ADRIATIC SEA, OTRANTO CHANNEL AND JONIAN SEA. COASTAL REGIONS AFFECTED:
JONIC CALABRIA AND EASTERN SICILY
I love it, Jago!ReplyDelete
Whether it rains or shinesReplyDelete
life goes on
not caring if we're gone
We tremble at this thought
Whether it rains or shines
mail gets delivered
babies get born
dishes get washed
Whether it rains or shines
the question remains
"Who am I?"
We tremble at this thought
Wonderful, Risa! The well-known question of rain or shine takes on different levels of meaning here. And ... you used the Adeleanelle form! It's great to see the prompts working for you!Delete
Fantastic, Risa! Adele is right about the way you craft your poems from apparently simple premises to universally meaningful ones. Love that you used the Adeleanelle form - so much more fun than struggling with the villanelle! Keep 'em coming!Delete
Hi I'm Kaylie, Risa's student from Shanghai, China! Here's a poem I wrote last week! Hope you'll like it!ReplyDelete
"No longer alone"
copyright Kaylie Zhu 10/20/12
Gently the night fell,
As I stood alone in the darkness,
The clouds unfolding in the sky,
With the breeze through my hair.
I closed my eyes and listened
To the rustling of scattered branches
The sound of a lifeless leaf swirling, falling,
Or a seldom dull chirping of a lone bird
I shivered as the loneliness descended,
It was like I was forgotten, abandoned,
A totally hopeless existence
The only wandering soul.
A drop of rain danced onto my palm,
So lively, pure and sincere,
As if whispering a song in my ears,
I smiled cause I was no longer alone.
It's so nice to "meet" you (all the way from Shanghai) here on the blog! Thank you for sharing your wonderful poem with us.
Your imagery is lovely, and you've created a strong sense of mood in your poem. You have a great teacher!
Thanks so much for your reply! It was my first poem ever and I'm so glad that you liked it!Delete
Kaylie, if this is the first poem you've ever written, I think you have a special gift and hope you continue to write!Delete
I know Risa is an extraordinary teacher and her own gift for poetry and art will inspire you.
Thank you again for sharing your poem with us!