Outside my Window

Napowrimo 2018, Day 19. Today’s prompt takes it cue from Brady’s suggestion that erasure/word banks can allow for compelling repetitive effects. Today we challenge you to write a paragraph that briefly recounts a story, describes the scene outside your window, or even gives directions from your house to the grocery store. Now try erasing words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem. I wrote this at a Napowrimo workshop which I ran for Langley writers today.

Outside my window I hear bird song. I can hear the workers doing road works. They sound like their right outside but their at the bottom of my street. Outside my window bees buzz and birds flutter. Mothers at tend their nests on roof tops. While a flock of birds circle continuously above the houses and allotments. One small bird always gets lost behind the flock unable to keep up. Outside my window mums pass by pushing prams, child in hand on their way to the school gates. Outside my window cars pass by, more so at school pick up. Whereas mid day only the odd one passes by.

I hear bird song,

Outside my window.

Birds flutter and bees buzz,

As mothers attend to their nest.

There are road workers,

outside my window.

They sound like their right there.

Their actually at the end of the street.

Mums pushing prams,

Child in hand,

Are outside my window.

On their way to the school gates.

Birds flock in circles,

Outside my window.

One small bird falls behind,

Failing to keep up with the flock.

Theres a world,

Outside my window.

But today I’ve decided,

To simply stay inside.

Looking out to the outside my window.

By Katie Haigh

©️KATIEHAIGH 19/04/18

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Smitha V says:

    What a beautiful world outside your window. You painted a lovely picture with your words Katie.

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