The Eavesdrop Poem
So I finished this month’s Creativity Challenge to Eavesdrop A Poem. Was it easy? Nope, at least not as easy as I thought it would be when I made it up. But that’s okay, I did create a (rather short) poem and learned a few things as a result.
Before I talk about all the experience of creating my #Eavesdrop Poem, I wanted to share with you what I made. It’s short, super short, but I’ll get to why that is a bit later.
Seen Clearly – an Eavesdropped poem
Take off your outline
You think it matters
This understanding of you
But I think you alone
Is so nice
Without your bags of worry
Your words become roses
Made to matter
Exactly as you meant them to be
One of the most enlightening things about writing this poem was actually the experience of collecting words. When you stop talking and start really listening you begin to see people in an entirely new light. The words they use have nuances and depth, the adjectives that pop up over and over like little clues are more telling then the sentences are, the tone and rhythm of conversations are really like poems themselves especially when you listen closely and meaning falls away as you deepen your observation.
There is so much to be heard and so many people that want to be heard. That was the biggest takeaway for me, people want to be heard and a lot of the time we aren’t truly listening.
Writing the #Eavesdrop Poem
I really really did not collect enough words. For anyone who is going to try to do this my biggest piece of advice would be to collect a huge amount of words, more then you think you’ll need and to collect them from many different people in many different scenarios. The tone and types of words change so much based on who you are around, the more diversity you can create in your words, the easier it will be to write your poem.
My poem was short for this reason, next time I’m going to take down at least 5 times as many words and I really don’t think it’s so bad if you add a word or two of your own. I didn’t but I really wanted to and there were a few poems I couldn’t complete because I was missing a few words.
What the Eavesdrop poem exercise does best is that it forces you to really listen, to really use your sense of hearing and then it gives you a starting point for your poem. If you want to embellish go ahead, make it truly your own, let your words intermingle with the words you heard.
I would absolutely love to hear your poems. If you complete the challenge send them my way or share on social media. I’m almost 100% certain yours will be longer then mine! Good luck to all my fellow challengers.