Whether we worry or fantasize, all of us detach our minds from the mundane tasks of the day… and daydream.
Our productivity-centric society tends to frown upon daydreaming, simply seeing it as a waste of time when many other things could be accomplished. However, some researchers believe daydreaming is the mark of a creative mind and can be a useful tool in problem-solving. At times, the daydreaming brain may make an association between bits of information that the person had never considered before. Daydreaming can be a tool which allows the mind to come up with ideas and modify them– as it often has to do with anticipating the future.
Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him?
Although we’re often told that having our head in the clouds is a waste of time, daydreaming has many benefits. Daydreams help us to get the most out of our brain power, and are an essential personal resource for coping with the stuff of life.
Step away from the task at hand and take a moment to dream. Perhaps you are the hero of your story and have accomplished something great. Maybe you’re thinking of a past love who comes crawling back to say they’re sorry. Or maybe you are sitting on a quiet stretch of shoreline, surrounded by nothing more than your favorite books. Whatever your daydream might be, it’s yours, so celebrate that beautiful, creative mind of yours and write a poem about your very best daydream.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Rick we enjoyed:
As if it were the dark device of dreams,
the road stumbled me early toward the shore,
from black to gray as day laid down its beams.
The waves rolled ‘round my legs from Tenerife,
from Portugal and Spain the waters came,
an ancient sea made new, so clear, though brief.
The realm of sleep dissolved with dawn’s bright fan,
flown with mist that hid the thin bent line
between open sky and where the world began.
Photo by Berli Mike. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland