Yesterday I sat at my desk and started thinking about — of all things that I could have been thinking about, mind you — Twitter. Yes, Twitter has finally made its way into my subconscious.
I started thinking about all the things I could tweet about, when I got the bright I idea to try to write a poem in 140 characters or less. Sure, many people have done this to varying degrees of success. There’s even a Twitter group @TwitterPoetry dedicated to creating poetry on the social networking site.
However, I am not those folks. I have many strong points, brevity isn’t one of them. It’s why I write fiction instead of poetry; I have way more creative space. I’m a brave soul, but writing poetry scares me. However, the lure of trying to write a poem within the constraints of a single tweet intrigued me. So, I decided to give it a try and came up with this:
With slow, fevered rhythms, her porcelain angel breathes over eternity & explores the mystery of mortality within the warm pools of her eyes
While that won’t win me a Pushcart Prize, it was refreshing to know that I could right within a specific space. I want to play around with this writing form a little more. While it’s definitely not free writing, it did help loosen the brain a bit to get me into the writing mood. And as writers, we need all the help we can get.