SIX-ROOM-POEM From the book Awakening the Heart By Georgia Heard In the first room … Think of something that you’ve seen outside that is Amazing Beautiful Interesting Or that has just been staying in your mind Now close your eyes … Try and see it as clearly as a photograph Notice all the details about it And describe it as accurately as you can Don’t think of writing a poem Just try to describe it and write your description in the first box In the second room … Look at the same image as in the first room BUT … just focus on the quality of light For example: Is the sun bright? Or is it a dull flat day? Are there any shadows? If it’s unclear what the light is like you might have to use some poetic license and make it up You can also describe colors Or if your image is, for example, the stars, describe their light – shiny, sparkling, red, blue In the third room … Picture the same image and focus only on the sounds: Are there any voices? Rustling of leaves? Sound of rain? If it’s silent – what kind of silence? Empty? Lonely? Peaceful? In room number four … Write down any questions you have about the image Anything you want to know more about? Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Or wonder about …? In the fifth room Write down any feelings you have about this same image Finally, in room number six … Look over the five rooms and select one word, or a few words, a phrase, a line, or a sentence that feels important and repeat it three times. Now create a poem … Read over what you wrote in the six rooms, and create a poem. You can re-arrange the rooms in any order, eliminate rooms, words, or sentences. Just try and create a poem.