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It is now our second last creative writing session, which means we are close to the end of our creative writing journey as this group. Once again, we shared our writing efforts and once again, these writing pieces revealed more about ourselves. This process of writing and sharing has helped me feel more confident about broadening my writing endeavours; to look for writing inspirations from areas of my imagination that I had not used as a source of inspiration beforehand. It was ‘kinda’ fun in lots of ways and in other ways it was confronting, especially when it came to writing about pieces that were deeply personal.
THE CREATIVE WRITING HOMEWORK
For last week’s creative writing homework, one of the writing tasks we were asked to do, was to write a poem or poems, using a list of words given to us by the creative writing facilitator. We could use some or all the words within a poem, if we wished. I had a lot of fun trying to formulate words to make a poem, especially from a set of given words. It felt like play…good therapy! NB: The highlighted words, in the list below are the ones I used in my two poems here in this weblog.
These are the words: magic, conjure, doves, enchant, gloves, wand, stage, words, show, cards, disappear, hat, rabbit, hand, wave, sleeve, coin, theatre, act, glamour, flowers, rings, cloth, illusion, hocus-pocus, abracadabra, spotlight, spells, tricks, tights, curtains, presto, silk, handkerchief, smoke, mirrors, and flash.
The following two poems are the result of this creative writing exercise. The first poem I titled ‘The Magic Rabbit’ , it is a playful piece and the second poem I titled ‘A Person in Need…’ and is more solemn.
Poem No. 1 – Titled: The Magic Rabbit…
“There was a magic rabbit
Who had a very bad habit!
He was full of tricks and hocus-pocus
And used illusions whilst he had us focus
He would put us under spells with his wand
Then hay presto the magic rabbit would have us all conned
But alas it was just a show
Only the magic rabbit was in the know!”
Written 23/11/2014 by Karen Robinson – ‘Copyright’ Protected
Poem No. 2 Titled: A Person in Need…
“Give me a hand when I am in need…
Give me flowers when I need the scent of spring…
Give me silk when I need a soft touch…
Give me a handkerchief when I need to stop a falling tear…
Give me a ring as a sign of your everlasting love…
Give me a wave when you leave for the day…
Give me a card to show you have remembered me…
Give me your word you will stay…
Written 23/11/2014 by Karen Robinson – ‘Copyright’ Protected
CREATIVE WRITING PROCESS DURING THIS SESSION
During the creative writing session, the facilitator asked us to write about a time we felt secure, confident and in touch with a strength. We were also asked to write a piece on ‘stars’ – could be anything but just with the word ‘stars’ in mind. Here below is my story which I titled ‘When All Seemed Possible”.
“When All Seemed Possible”
“When I was a very young girl, I used to sit on the front, outdoor, wooden stairs of our Northern Queensland home in Cairns and look up at the stars. The night’s skies in Northern Queensland are so clear and the stars seemed to be so close; you felt you could almost reach out and pull one into yourself. They looked like they were winking at me and I could find different shapes as my childish imagination went to work. I spent many hours with my younger sister and brother gazing up at them, at the end of a childhood day.
These nights were barmy and as children we were usually in our pyjamas, clean and ready for bed. My mother taught us an old English language nursery rhyme which stayed with me for many years and one I also recanted to my children, when they were very young. The lyrics of this rhyme goes like this:
‘Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight”
Sometimes – in times of childhood despair, I would make a wish that I, very much hoped would come true. I remember, believing that by, looking at the stars in the heaven at night, and making such wishes, must mean, I had a good chance of them being realised sometime in the future. The heavenly northern night skies, with its twinkling, bright and beautiful stars, were just some much bigger than me – so they must have the power to make my wish possible…this was my childhood belief.
I still find the stars in the night skies breathtakingly beautiful. I now live in the very southern part of Australia in Melbourne. Its city night lights drown out the stars’ brilliance, and we don’t get to see the them, as they are meant to be seen. It is not until I go, out into the bush and take time out to gaze upwards, that I remember just how small I am within this universe. It is this action that always reminds me that my problems are small too. And it is also at these times, that I remind myself, of my childhood belief. I say to myself “just look up at the heavens and make a wish” – why not…life has taught me, anything is possible…”
Written on 26th November 2014 by Karen Robinson – ‘Copyright’ Protected
CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!
Again I wanted to use my creative writing piece to inspire an art work and is featured below titled ‘When All Seemed Possible’. They are not ‘master pieces’ but are an important part of a therapeutic process that I enjoy and helps complete my art for therapy journey after each creative writing group session.
Thank you for joining me on this Creative Writing Group Session Journey! Please click on the below links to view Nos. 1,2,3 & 4 Creative Writing Group Sessions:
- Creative Writing Group Session 1 of 6 – “The Happy Box”
- Creative Writing Group Session 2 of 6 – “The Face Mask”
- Creative Writing Group Session 3 of 6 – “Treasured Memories”
- Creative Writing Group Session 4 of 6 – “A Time to Remember”
NB: For the purposes of this weblog series “Creative Writing Group”, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions. Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session. I hope you will understand.
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