Walking by Inner Vision Journal – Writing Assignment #17
“The Tossed Salad Poem”
“The 20 Word Poem”
1._Make a list of 20 words. I chose words that relate to Spring Break in Puerto Rico.
Write them FAST before your brain begins to categorize or order them.
Use your inner feelings, your intuition, not your logical brain.
2._Add a proper name and a color to your list of 20 words – Now you have 22 words.
3._Look at your 22 words, and write some very loose rhyming words to go with those 22 words. They should not be exact rhyming words but they should be the same syllable or beat count.
Example: bird and song; pie and cake; etc.
4._You will have 44 words.
Are you ready to begin now?
5._Pretend you are making a TOSSED SALAD…
6._Start writing and just dump in the words randomly, without giving them a lot of thought. You will be amazed at the magic that begins to happen when you do this. Do it quickly!
Stay RELAXED, allow the words to arrange themselves as you write.
Stay relaxed and do not stress over any words or lines. This poem is a FUN poem. Keep it fun.
Pretend you would plop a big spoon full of SALAD FIXINGS in an empty bowl. Each of your words will be a different ingredient that will be used to create your Tossed Salad.
Try to take as many ingredients (words) from the list you wrote. If you cannot use them all, no problem. Just keep going into the BIG BOWL OF TOSSED SALAD. Take words from the list and mingle them with additional words as you write.
Here is MY LIST of 20 words:
Below, my example using the list of words:
dark island coffee with sugar
tiny homegrown yellow pla’tanos
sunrise breeze with honey buns
rental cars spiral up the mountains
seeking abandoned plantations
hacienda tourists in a group
I wore my new green hat
afternoon rum delivered by boat
sandy beaches never closed
coconut drinks every day
coral reefs and rusty piers
sun burned skin
soothed with aloe vera
steep mountain paths
bridges with missing planks
immersed in chilly streams
I scream for pleasure
moan beneath a throbbing waterfall
Caribbean nights under the stars
I danced in the streets with strangers
held lucid dreams in my hands
Tony sings Puerto Rican songs
whispers phrases in my ear
“Cuando termina el receso de Primavara”
always in Spanish
if a volcano erupts
there may be some delays
island flights are seldom on time
when spring break is over
PS, I just LOVE the word, “PRIMAVERA, don’t you?
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright May 5, 2015. All rights reserved.
Lynda and several colleagues from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA taught the course, “Purto Rico Culture.” Students in this spring semester course were required to spend 10 days on the island with the course instructors, learning from the primary sources. She wrote this poem from her memories. Lynda and her husband,Bob, continued to visit Puerto Rico annually in the spring time after she retired from teaching.