This next exercise is similar to the spine poem we did the other day. It’s easy peasy. It’s a horoscope poem. All you need is a horoscope, for either one day or a few days. Here I have included a picture of two days worth of a horoscope. (Click on the picture to see it larger and be able to choose your words/phrases.) If you don’t get the newspaper with horoscopes in them you can search online for any horoscope of the day.
Here’s the rule. You can only use the words or phrases in the horoscope. If two words or more are next to each other, you have to use them in that order but you can move things around however you like after that. You can’t change the tenses of any of the words. If you cut out a few horoscopes from the newspaper you can go through with a highlighter and mark the words you like and then rearrange them to make your poem.
Here are the two horoscopes I used.
And here’s the poem I came up with:
spend time with an old friend
someone is in your corner
don’t be shy
be true to you
proceed with your eyes open
follow your heart
Now you can stop there or, you can do a second poem using this one as a jumping off point.
Listen carefully, you may crave change
Changes can improve your life
Proceed with your eyes open
Be true to you,Stop pondering
Determination will pay off
Ready for any challenge
If you follow your heart
To do the things you enjoy
– Anne McKenna
Nicely done, Anne. See, poetry is everywhere around you!