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Remember Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Think about the way she looked so carefully at the segments of a flower. You can do the same thing for your poetry.

Wander around your house. Your yard, too, if you like. If you are lucky enough to live by the sea, go down by the beach. Wherever you go, look carefully at everything.

Eventually something will call to you. I hope it is something small enough for you to pick up. A shell, say. A little flower. An interesting looking stick. An electronic circuit. Whatever.

Turn that thing over in your hand. Smell it. Feel it. Then sit with it a while.

Make descriptive notes about it such as It is small. In my hand it feels cool. It reminds me of . . ..

After a while, you may find that you have made connection with something you had forgotten that you love, or something that happened that needs your love to heal it. Something that needs some form of attention. That little item called out to you for some reason. There is something interesting about it. Find that out and you have a poem.


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