Our school’s annual spelling bee got me wondering: What if there actually was a bee that could spell? Creativity took over and several hours later out popped my poem, “The Spelling Bee.” After multiple revisions, critiques, and my mandatory “let it sit for a couple of weeks” rule, I was ready to submit it. The children’s magazine, BOYS’ QUEST, accepted it and I’m happy to announce that it appears in this month’s issue.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been inspired by a funny expression. My poem, “What Am I?” was inspired by a conversation with my then four-year-old. As I was trying to tie his shoe, the tongue got stuck. When I said, “Let me pull that tongue out,” he gasped. “My shoe has a tongue!?!” That was all I needed. Grabbing the nearest scrap of paper and a crayon, I wrote the first draft while he played in his sneakers in our back yard.
What about you? What funny phrases have sparked your creativity? If you need a writing prompt this week, brainstorm the silliest expressions you can think of. Then pick one to jump start a story or poem.
OR… if you have time, pop over to Rena Traxel’s blog and be inspired by her A to Z Poetry Challenge. Each day she posts background on a different poetry form along with a prompt. Her posts have challenged and inspired me to write several poems including one about a bird waiting for her eggs to hatch. Go be inspired! Here’s the link: http://www.renajtraxelblog.com/