Another technique I employ to overcome writer’s block is to use a line from another poem as the starting line in my own poem. Typically as I fashion and expand my poem, it evolves into a place where I no longer need the first line. Or the first line becomes irrelevant which is good, since actually using the line of another author’s poem would be plagiarism. But it can spark an entirely different poem for you!
Below are a few lines from some of my poems which might interest you as a starting point for your own poem. Once you complete your poem, feel free to post it on the community site. It would be fun to see the different poems that evolve!
We thought our lives stretched-out-long-ahead . . .
Back in my car, I think of all the people in my country . . .
My life feels as cold as the cooler I sit on . . .
I needed a friend as I walked the banks of the Mississippi . . .
I wanted you to feel the small of your own child’s hand . . .
Surrounded by heron, black willow and crane, an inexplicable quiet descends . . .
Good luck everyone! Feel free to share, and I will see you with another writing prompt!