We are surrounded by signs everyday, signs that tell us how and when to drive, signs that tell us what and where to consume, and signs that tell us how and what to think. Think about a world without signs – how strange it would seem to us without all those labels on the world!
Today, write a poem using signs as your inspiration – any kind of sign will do. Are you stuck for an idea? Here are some sign photos that may inspire you as well:
My example comes from billboards that I have seen several times now on trips back and forth to my son’s college in Nashville.
Phantom Fireworks haunt the lot behind
the Wal-Mart, and further down the road,
James Joyce GM sells trucks at low, low
prices instead of hawking long, long prose.
HELL IS REAL screams one, while not
coincidentally the parking lot at the adult
bookstore across the highway is full to
capacity at seven in the morning.
4.5 ACERS are for sale on a small,
hand-painted slab of wood, its broken
spaces zigzagged like blank Scrabble
tiles, struggling for words to speak.