I love "list poems" not only because they are quick and easy, but because they reveal so much in a very tight space. Here is a simple one I wrote this morning:
in the top drawer of my desk?
100 "Forever" postage stamps.
postage stamps marked 39 cents.
12 custom postage stamps with White Kitty's photo on them marked 37 cents.
Number bibs from my two 5K races.
A wireless mouse I can't find the USB thing-y for.
CDs of sermons by Dr. Steven Koski at First Presbyterian of Bend.
Two $2 bills I received in change from the Bainbridge Island ferry on my honeymoon.
A paper bag full of vintage buttons I've been meaning to mail to @lorilyg for [gulp] two years.
What do the contents of my desk drawer reveal to you about me?
You can generate your own list poem here by typing answers to a question in this web-based form. You can also use a pencil and a paper! Below is a list of possibilities. Pick one to help you get started. You don't have to share with me, but you know I'd love that!
1) Things you are afraid of.
2) Jobs you've had.
3) Things you do every day, without fail.
4) Lies you've told yourself.
5) Grudges you can't let go of.