By Blew Kind
Supplies: 1 Rose (or another flower) for each participant, pen/pencil, paper
Gain writing techniques: Metaphor, Simile, Repetition, Patterns, Spacing, Lines, ect.
Connect in seeing, feeling love/beauty with nature and with self
Reflection and application using examples from other poets.
Energy shift from beginning to after; feeling a boost in self-confidence, discovery, and appreciation/enamorment
1. Connect & Loosen up!
On a piece of paper, write Two words or phrases that describe you that’s lovely
I am Courageous. I brighten folks day with my smile
2. Group Poem “Love is” and Metaphors!
Together (or by yourself) on a piece of paper, write take turns on writing a line or two on what “love is” to you. Use “Love is” to start each thought. After 4-6 lines. Read it all together! Connecting to the theme of Love can build pulsing positive energy.
Practice using Metaphors or Similies! To go deeper in your meaning and deeper in what is at the surface, making things a bit more magical. A Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated, but which share some common characteristics. (NOT using like or as) A simile uses like or as (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox)
Example using a metaphor:
Love is my daughters’ giggles
That float dancing butterflies
On a summer bright day.
3. Some more Poem Basics in Reflection on Nikki Giovanni’s thoughts on love
Repetition: repeating something that has already been said or written
Patterns: repeating styles, similar wording, sound, ect that has already been written; Can help create rhythm
Short lines: communicates slowness, and emphasizes ideas/words/energy in your poetry to the reader
Long lines: communicates fast pace, can use to create images for readers
Spacing: adding spacing between groups of texts (aka stanzas) to emphasize energy or start another thought
Describing details/going deeper: make things interesting, be specific, and expand on the content of what you are saying. Ask
questions “What? Why? How? When?” etc.
What do you want to communicate? Sometimes the repetition helps communicate your message or sometimes poets use
the last words to hit the reader with the impact of the meaning. A question you can consider if you want to make your poetry
more specific, impactful, and honest.
Some people forget that love is
tucking you in and kissing you
no matter how young or old you are
Some people don’t remember that
listening and laughing and asking
no matter what your age
Few recognize that love is
no fun at all
You and me -Nikki Giovanni
4. Connecting to beauty:
Lately, I have been writing love poems to myself and to the loved ones around me to brighten their awareness of themselves.
when life is wild, I have learned to connect with the beauty and revel in the thickness of it. Connecting to beauty, connecting to our creator. And sharing with others. Sometimes I start by just looking at the beauty around me