Small Gestures

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the power that small gestures can have. These things that seem small to one person or take so little effort can make or break someone’s day. When was the last time someone did something like took your plate to the sink so you wouldn’t have to get up and you realized how much caring was in that small action? Or the last time someone made a comment that they didn’t even think about that stuck with you like a black cloud over the rest of your day? Show this dynamic of small gestures causing big emotion.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Desirable Disasters

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

We’re in the rainy season here in Florida and at my theme park I work at I find myself wishing for the bad weather. We have weather codes that mean that we can’t leave certain areas until the storm passes and on my breaks I’m always hoping for storms. Do you have any situations in your life where you are hoping for something that most people would consider a disaster? Write a poem about the desirability of a disaster. Paint it in a positive light for your readers.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Not Spoken Out Loud

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I feel like we all have thoughts that we wouldn’t say out loud, either because we’re afraid of expressing an unpopular opinion or we aren’t sure of the truth of the statement or any other number of reasons. Sometimes these thoughts fade from our minds because they were unimportant but sometimes we can find ourselves holding on to unspoken words. Write a poem that lets out some of these thoughts that you’ve never said out loud.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Reminders of a Friend

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that features descriptions of things that you associate with your best friend. Find ways to link these descriptions to who your friend is and descriptions of her. Make it so that we feel like we know this person as well as you do. What places remind you of her? What smells or songs or foods make you think of your best friend when she’s not around?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call For Submissions: Mom Egg Review

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

Mom Egg Review, a literary journal about motherhood, seeks poetry, fiction, and creative prose for its annual print issue, themed “Mothers Play/Mothers Work.” You can find guidelines on their site: www.momeggreview.com/submit. They request a cover letter and a brief bio with your submissions. The entry fee is $3 per submission and the submission deadline is August 15, 2017. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

The Significance Of Timing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

We place a lot of significance on times and dates, from setting appointments to celebrating holidays. But when you think about We made up these concepts of time and dates to impose a sense of order to our lives. I sometimes wonder about the forming of these concepts and if there were times when they weren’t as strictly defined and weren’t as significant. Write a poem that plays with the ideas of the significance of specific times and dates.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Center of the Room

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I sat at the center table in the break room at work yesterday, and I found myself glancing over my shoulder a lot. Our break room has a total of 8 entrances, so there is a seemingly endless stream of door hinges squeaking to draw my attention. It made me realize I’m not really comfortable being in the center of the room. It feels too much like being the center of attention with strangers. How do you feel to be in the center of a room? Do you find yourself comfortable hoping for people to pay attention to you? Or do you find yourself a bit more on edge? Write a poem that helps people see your point of view when in the center of a room.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Overheard Poetry

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that makes use of something that you’ve overheard in the last few days. Was it a conversation that you weren’t part of? Maybe it wasn’t words at all. Did you overhear a strange sound that you struggled to identify? Write a poem about what your imagination makes of this overheard thing. What about it attracted your attention?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Resisting The Urge

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been having more and more trouble resisting the urge to call out of work lately. Do you ever find yourself resisting certain urges? What makes this urge one that you should resist? What happens if you give in to these temptations? Write a poem about resisting whatever urges plague you. What gives you the strength to resist? What makes this urge so tempting?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unique Goodbyes

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

Whenever people tell me they’re going to go do something as they’re walking away I usually say “You can do it! I believe in you!” This has sort of become my regular way of saying goodbye. I like the idea of sending people off with a positive affirmation. I have a good friend that often says “peace out Girl Scout” as he is leaving. I love this because it’s something unique to him in my life. Do you have a unique way of saying goodbye or know anyone with a unique goodbye. Write a poem about the different ways to say goodbye. How do different phrasing bring different feeling to the parting of ways? 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades