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