A fun warm up exercise I use with young students is a form called “the Loon.”  Starts out with a openining line:  Think of me as;  or I wish were, of If i were.  Then, well, you’ll see by example:

Think of me as
a twirling ballerina
on your fingertip.

I wish I were
the green frog
who will be your prince.

Think of me
as the wealthiest person in the world
living in a shack.

Young students often write Loons far more bazar that mine here. This exercise makes an easy transition into poems that “flip” in the last line and give you something you don’t expect — which is why we read on or want more.

P.S. I got the &^%$%$# car started.


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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