|Image by Brandon Olterman|
On this, the eve of Halloween, I want us to play in the dark. Words have power. YOUR words have power. Take a moment and let that sink in.
YOUR WORDS HAVE POWER.
In my own writing, I often take on difficult subject matter. I throw open the closet doors, drag out the skeletons, polish them with words, then prop them up on the porch for the world to see. There is incredible freedom in exposing darkness to light. Through poetry (and other forms of art) we can shed light on the dark places in our world and, in doing so, ignite small fires for change.
"A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep." ~ Salman Rushdie
"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes." ~ Joseph Roux
"A poem begins with a lump in the throat." ~ Robert Frost
There are so many possible topics to consider here: child abuse, bullying, violence, addiction, terrorism, discrimination, pollution, eating disorders, mental illness, diseases, etc.
Be brave. Go into the dark. Choose a subject and expose it to the bright light of your words.
Here are some examples of issues exposed through dance to further inspire you:
Addiction - choreography by Mia Michaels
Bullying - choreography by Bonnie Story
Breast Cancer - choreography by Tyce Diorio
Child helping parent - choreography by Travis Wall
The Prompt: Choose a social issue that is important to you for your poem today. What calls your attention? Write from either a very individual and personal perspective or from a broad and global one.
Word Prompt: Social Issues
~ Amy McGrath