"The sound of 36 pines side by side surrounding/the yard and swaying all night like individual hymns is the sound/of water, which is the oldest sounds/the first sound we forgot."
If it's possible to wear out a book of poetry, I have worn out this book. Rose by Li-Young Lee.
The beauty and simplicity of language in this poetry collection is something I strive for. How hard it is to write so simply and yet evoke so much emotion.
Today, think about sounds you may have forgotten...sounds from your childhood or your first memory. Sounds that trigger a place or a feeling. Set the timer for 10 minutes and freewrite on sounds. Then pick one of your favorite sounds and write a paragraph to a page on why this sound is one you may have forgotten. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag