When we were young we wanted to be astronauts, firemen, and pirates. We wanted to find buried treasure. We wanted to fly. Somewhere along the way our wildest dreams changed. When did we stop dreaming of fantastic adventures?
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.—Jawaharlal Nehru
German photographer, Jan Von Hollenben created a photography series depicting children living out their fantasies. A little creativity can make the impossible seem possible. What kind of dreams did you have as a child? Remember that it’s not too late to fulfill your bucket list of wild and wonderful adventures.
What did you want to be when you grew up? What kind of adventures did you dream of then? Now? Write a poem about your wildest dreams. You could write as if talking to your childhood self. What advice would you give? What kind of adventures have you accomplished? What kind await you still?
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a recent poem from Prasanta we enjoyed:
Closing my eyes to find
the cobalt sky reaching down to touch
the sea, not knowing whither it ends
Searching along the shore near Malaga
I hear her shoes tapping
like we were back in Seville and
buying dresses off the streets
Slipping feet in and out of moving sand
Keep raining on, pouring on
Forcing us inside, forcing us to see
ourselves from the outside in
from windows above the dunes
Wait for me, I’ll be there soon
Walking, still walking
I’m coming, running now
I’ll be there
Wait for me,
I’ll find it again
My pink carnation
From that Andalusian summer.
Photo by Giuseppe Milo. 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