Poetry Tow Truck 2 – Channel Surfing: Part One – Brought to You in Living Color

Welcome back!  It was wonderful to have so many visitors for the first prompt last weekend. Feel free to leave a link if you try today’s prompt -it’s always good to see you.

Channel Surfing: Brought to You in Living Color

Let’s be honest here. I know it’s not Tuesday, when some of my fellow poets like to confess on their blogs, but I confess that I watch way more television than I care to admit.  Even though I multi-task through most shows (except for favorites like Friday Night Lights or How I Met Your Mother), I have also learned to use television as a trigger for short bursts of writing.

Now, I know that many of you purists out there don’t watch television – some of you don’t even own one! But most television shows work hard to be visually appealing, and writers can always exercise their observation skills. The next time you decide to be lazy (like me!) or decide to brush up on your use of visual inspiration, grab the remote and get ready!

This exercise will work with any program, but probably will work better if you choose one where you are not particularly invested in the outcome or plot. Choose three colors and write them down. Then set a timer for three minutes and record anything you see on the screen falling into one of those color categories. Here is a list I made while watching three minutes of The Biggest Loser on NBC:

Red: stripe on a tie, carnation, plaid shirt, sports car, gumball machine, balance ball

Green: grass, Enterprise Rent-a-car sign, bushes, palm fronds, polo shirt, dishwashing liquid

Yellow: Gerber daisy, measuring tape, tablecloth, lemon, yield sign, exercise tubing

Choose an image from each color set, and write a tiny snapshot poem. For example:


The vase with the red carnation

shattered on the floor, the dishwashing

liquid bubbling in the basin, and you

and I draped in the yellow tablecloth.

Easy, right? So go crazy – write one little snapshot. Write a few that are connected – or write wherever the color lists take you. Stay tuned for everyone’s poems!


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