Each month, we compile a musical playlist that corresponds with our monthly writing-prompt theme. It’s our hope that you find a little inspiration in the lyrical turns, the rhythms, the musical nuance.
This month’s poetic-prompt theme is “Mirror, Mirror.” In reviewing songs for this month’s theme, I noticed a brooding, dark undercurrent running through many of the songs. Could it be that mirrors, as functional as they may be, show us the things we’d rather not see? Could it be our feelings are mixed about objective reality?
The brooding tunes continue one after the next until we reach Justin Timberlake’s song, “Mirrors.” I hate to admit it, but although I’m a bit of a music snob, I like Timberlake’s grooves. (Please don’t tell anyone.) And of course, we end this month’s selection with that classic Michael Jackson ballad.
Listen to this month’s mirror musical collection here at Tweetspeak, and pen a poem or two using a mirror. Write about a compact makeup mirror, a hand-held mirror, or a full-length mirror. Use it as a metaphor for self-reflection, a prop in a narrative poem, or an omen of broken or bad luck. Write about how you feel when you look into the objective reality.
Whatever you do, though, let’s pen some poems here together. Remember, like Jon Foreman says, “please don’t leave me alone; a mirror’s so much harder to hold.”
Poetry Prompt: Plug in your headphones, listen to the Tweetpseak playlist, and write. What do the rhythms and lyrics conjure? What words come? Pen your Mirror, Mirror poem and share it with us in the comments below.
Tweetspeak’s Mirror, Mirror Prompt:
This month we’re considering Mirror, Mirror, and we’ll be composing poems around the theme. How do you participate?
1. Consider a mirror, whether a makeup mirror, a hand held mirror, or your rear-view mirror. Listen to our monthly prompt-themed playlist. What images, emotions, metaphors, or allegories do they conjure?
2. Compose your own poem around the theme.
3. Tweet your poems to us. Add a #TSMirror hashtag so we can find it and maybe share it with the world.
4. If you aren’t a Twitter user, or if you’d rather, leave your poem here in the comment box.
5. At the end of the month, we’ll choose a poem to feature in one of our upcoming Weekly Top 10 Poetic Picks.
Last month’s theme, “Swan, Swallow, Phoenix,” produced some good poetry. My favorite from last month was this one by Ianstuart titled, “Midges.”
Grains of life
flung high into the air-
that they hover there.
Born by the sun
and carried through the day
in shafts of light
until marauding swallows
bring the night.
I love this poem particularly because I’m a man who’s a fan of both midges and swallows. The imagery here is strong and paints a vivid image of the waning daylight hours. Thanks for this piece, Ianstuart!
Do you want to have your work highlighted here at Tweetspeak? Join us this month as we explore the theme “Mirror, Mirror,” maybe we’ll highlight your poem in the coming months.
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