It’s Poetry Friday and I want to share a beautiful video and my poetic response to it, as a kind of poetry prompt.
Here’s the video, featuring David Attenborough AND awesome images AND one of my favourite songs:
As an aside, this clip was shown at the CBCA Conference in Sydney as a means of demonstrating what nonfiction books are up against – a point which I thought was a good one, but given that it straightway made me a) want to write and b) find out more about some of the things I saw, I think a good audio-visual resource is a way into books and writing.
Anyway, while it was playing I knew I wanted to respond, but I also knew that I wanted to listen to the rest of the very interesting panel discussion. So I quickly scribbled the words What A Wonderful World on my notebook. Then I looked at what I’d done – I’d written one word per line down the page. Was this the start of a poem?
Some time later (and after the session was over) this is what I came up with:
What trees! What flowers!
A mountain, a sea
Wonderful whales, wonderful wilds
World upon world upon world.
(Poem copyright S. Murphy 2016)
Short but sweet, but it led me to wonder if this was something I could do with other song titles, especially ones which have been set to video footage.
So here’s a prompt for you.
Either watch the above video, and then write the words What A Wonderful World down your page – and see where it takes you (it’s like an acrostic but with a word rather than a single letter beginning each ling). OR find a song that you like, take its title and do the same. I’d love to see what you come up with!