The name of a really good Cars song from the late 70s. (The Cars are back together and touring this summer, and I will see them this weekend at Lollapalooza.) Also good advice for playing with words. Today, I will present three different ways for you to “shake it up” and hopefully find a poem someone in the fallout.
1. Start with one of the following words: shake, late, or mope. Go ahead. Pick one and write it down. I’ll wait. (Insert Jeopardy song here…)
2. Starting with that word, make a list down the page by changing only one letter at a time. For example, if my word was love, I could change it to live, then to lave, then to save…go as far as you can changing only one letter at a time. Once you come to a standstill, use your list to start a poem.
Scrabble Time! (Not Hammer time…I’m done with song references in this post.)
1. Find your Scrabble game. (You know you have one…) If you don’t, shame on you. But you can still play.
2. Put all of the Scrabble tiles (or small pieces of paper with alphabet letters) in a bag and select 14 letters at random.
3. Write them down the side of the page. Each line of your poem will now begin with that letter.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
1. Shaking can have many associations. You can shake with nervousness, with cold, with anticipation, with fear, with excitement. It is NOT a good thing when the earth shakes from a natural disaster. It is a good thing when the earth shakes because you just kissed “the one.”
2. Explore the many different ways that we use the word/concept of the word shake. And hopefully you will be shaking to share your results!