How do you celebrate your birthday?
Is it something you look forward to each year, counting the days and making special plans? Do you return to the same landscapes each year, making a yearly pilgrimage to the coast or the cabin by the lake? Does a good friend have a birthday near yours? Do you celebrate together each year? Maybe you treat yourself to a new book or a bottle of wine. Do you make time for a grand gesture like a class or a writing retreat? Or do you create a memorable artist date for yourself at your favorite museum or cafe?
Are there aspects of getting older that you heartily embrace?
Freewrite for 10 minutes on these themes, perhaps using the repeated phrase “I remember…” to shape some of your thoughts into a poem. Consider how the formal aspects–line breaks, rhythms, word choice, rhyme scheme–add emotional resonance to your personal observations.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a poem we enjoyed from Katie:
found on every continent
poor man’s emerald