I took this from a blog article by someone named Tori Deaux. I am not sure if this is a sarcasm or a serious article, but this is a nice read.
Take a sheet of paper (or a word processing document) and divide it into two columns.
- Write the first line of the poem in the first column. Don’t work too hard at this, just plonk something down, ok? If you’d like to cheat and use a song lyric or a favorite quotation, go for it.
- In the second column, build the second line of the poem so that the first part of it somehow echos the last of the first line – the “echo” can be in the sounds, a rhyme, or often, by simply somehow reversing or relating to the end of the first line.
- Now go back to the first column, and echo the first part of the second line.
- Continue until you feel done, and the echo has faded into silence. This last echo becomes the title.
The storm boiled blue and green
This first line I just tossed out there, randomly.
What do you mean I’ve already
(“What do you mean” echos the syllables
and rhythm of “blue and green”)
Not yet seen
(echos and rhymes with “what do you mean”)
(seeing sounds just seemed surrealistic, you know?)
Nor heard the sight
(this reverses “Not yet seen”)
of teakettles whistling
(I was thinking of the storm and
tempests in teapots)
Bristling coldly in china cups
(bristling rhymes with whistling, and cold china
cups are meant as an opposite of hot tea kettle)
The last line became the title.