For the last poetry challenge we explored the Sound of Silence, this time, let’s crank up the volume by focusing on noise.
Poetry Challenge #70
Visualize an event, a moment, an incident—either real or imagined. Now, close your eyes and listen to the sound of significant movements and/or actions happening in that moment. What sounds do you hear? Heart beats, water dripping, footsteps, maybe bells . . .
Write a poem using these sounds. Try establishing a rhythm by repeating the sound a few times in each line followed or preceded by what is making the sound. Some hugely successful songs use sounds in this way. For example, in The Trolley Song sung notably by Judy Garland in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis sounds are used to describe the first moment Ester meets John:
And in one of the all-time greatest stick-in-your-head songs That’s Amore! sung notably by Dean Martin jingly sounds are what make us what to sing and dance along:
If you have your list of sounds, but you’re stuck for a way in, use one of these songs as a model for your poem (that’s what I did.)
Set the timer for 7 minutes.
Don’t think about it too much; just do it.
Noises On! Playlist:
That’s Amore! written by Jack Brooks & Harry Warren
The Trolley Song by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
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