Whether silver, gold, or precious stones, jewels have always been a part of human culture. Even when man first began using clothes and tools, jewels were produced from the kind of materials readily available: stones, feathers, plants, bones, shells, wood, and even natural semi-precious materials like obsidian.
As time went on, advances in technology enabled artisans to begin taming metals and precious gems into works of art that influenced entire cultures and even modern jewelry styles. Yet, even with all the advancements in metallurgy and gem processing, the purpose of wearing jewelry remains the same. It enables the wearer to express themselves non-verbally, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliations, and warm affection toward a special someone.
Write a poem from the perspective of a jewelry maker. Whether ancient or modern, imagine yourself the creator of the most dazzling jewelry. Who will wear it? What will be your signature on the piece?
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a poem from Monica we enjoyed:
If your nighttimes are full of nightmarish things,
get Donald O’Connor printed on your pillow.
Ditch the insomnia, dream and sing with a clown
who sang and danced athletic antics with grace—
or tripped over a chair and bumbled and sidestepped
all over the place. Paint on your pillow the man
who would slip on a banana peel on his way
to the guillotine just to make ’em laugh, make ’em laugh,
don’t you know everyone wants to. Print on your pillow
the actor (a comical one) whose cosmic monkeyshine
kept ’em standing in line. Sleep on it and in your dreams
laugh the whole night through to a good mornin’,
good mornin’, to you and you and you and you.
Photo by Petra Bensted. 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