I saw something somewhere which said write everything that you can see down. It said it more elegantly but the idea lodged itself somewhere inside of me. I’ve tried this technique a couple of times and it seems to be a good way for me to stay grounded whilst trying to capture a place.
I split my page into three and write the following, one per third:
I then collect words and phrases and leave them for a couple of days. When I return to them with fresh eyes, it’s much easier to see new ideas and fresh images. I then start assembling them.
For Denis, who spent many happy days in this park
Breeze rippling over lake.
Ducks callling newborns,
Break the water’s patterns.
Children’s calls grasp at paper,
Snippets of play
Against the twinkly tune.
The park’s choreography.
Close, and faint
Wind whispers storm warnings.
Denis alone keeps watch.