artists way Here is a creative exercise I learned at the recent women’s retreat. It’s called the 7 – line poem and this is how it works: start with 2 words such as creativity is & then use the last word in the sentence as the first word in the next line. These are stream of consciousness, short & sweet. Here is an example from my Morning Pages today: 1 – Creativity is our natural state. 2 – State of mind is everything. 3 – Everything is as it should be. 4 – Be creative today. 5 – Today is the day to begin. 6 – Begin now, don’t delay. 7 – Delay will hold you back. Here’s another one: 1 – Creative people are fun. 2 – Fun is in our nature. 3 – Nature is alive with creativity. 4 – Creativity lives in my soul. 5 – Soul knows all. 6 – All is well. 7 – Well is deep. And one more: 1 – Art is messy. 2 – Messy and fun is art. 3 – Art is silly. 4 – Silly and simple is art. 5 – Art is personal. 6 – Personal is my art. 7 – Art is sublime.

What I like about this simple exercise is that the words flow easily and effortlessly. Sometimes the poems contain a message for me. These little gems are full of wisdom and direction. I pay attention to the messages, I listen and I take them to heart. What is the Universe trying to tell me? What do I need to pay attention to today? Try this simple yet profound exercise, it’s really fun!

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2 thoughts on “7 – Line Poem

  • May 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Nancy, this is such a good idea. I’m going to incorporate it into my Morning Pages, or any other time of the day, for that matter. Thanks!

    • May 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for your comments Linda. I’m really having fun with it and have introduced it in my Artist’s Way class as well.


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