Okay, for those of you who have been checking the blog all week, I first want to thank you for your support! But now, I’m giving you homework for the weekend.
Earlier this week, I asked you the question, Who Are You? Your homework this weekend is to take an honest look at yourself with a writing exercise. It’s one I’ve used in my creative writing workshop.
If you have never written a poem, you are about to write a poem about yourself. The important part is that you write the poem based on who you are RIGHT NOW. If you are unhappy, you must be honest and say so. And whatever it is that causes you fear, say it!
The instructions are very simple. Just respond to the 11 lines in the poem by providing details about yourself. Here are the lines:
- First name
- Four traits that describe you
- Son/Daughter of … (who are you connected to)
- Lover of … (3 things)
- Who feels … (3 things)
- Who needs…. (3 things)
- Who gives … (3 things)
- Who fears … (3 things)
- Who would like to … (3 things)
- A resident of …
- Last name
To provide an example, I’ll redo my biopoem. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one so it’ll be interesting to see how much I’ve grown since the last version.
Spiritual, powerful, curious, growing
Son of John Lee and Christine, Brother to Marie
Lover of music, writing and food
Who feels excited, happy but anxious
Who needs feedback, clients and connections
Who gives food for the body and soul
Who fears cats, silence and conflict
Who would like to reach my goals and help others to reach theirs too!
I encourage you to do your biopoem this weekend to see who you are right now. If you are not sure of who you are and need help, ask a close friend for their perspective. And I welcome you to share it here on the blog. Don’t be scared. God has not given a spirit of fear! If we are to grow, we must do so with boldness and courage!