Monday, October 19, 2015

Oh Dear!

Hello again from your favorite structure anarchist! I yet again bring you something with form! Never fear, this one has nothing to do with counting!

Actually this is a form that I kinda made up one day for a poetry class in college, I call it the "Dear," form.

Once upon a time a friend and I were joking about our ex boyfriends at the beginning of poetry class and coming forth from that was what we wrote that day!

How to do it? 

Each line of the poem starts with "Dear (name)"
You get one line to say something to an ex or some significant love, example I did my ex boyfriend, my high school crushes, my (then) current boyfriend, my childhood love, etc. Anyways my list ended up to be about 17 names long.
For each name, you get one sentence plus one word (optional) Example: "Dear Steve, at least you made good coffee. Sorry."

Don't have a long enough list? You can go with a list like your bridesmaids, your best friends in college, deceased pets, etc. I've always liked doing this periodically with the same list to see if my feelings have changed towards any of the memories I have of these people. It's a nice reflective exercise I feel, personally I think it pairs well with a glass of wine.

Word prompts: 

Sentence prompt: 
The coffee was cold...
Like a sleepy cat...
Do you believe...

Photo of the day:
Photo courtesy of Beverly Tan Photography 

Whatcha think? Write something? Don't forget to tweet/instagram me at @beverlytanfilm #octpowrimo and/or comment below!


  1. I love the Oh Dear prompt, but didn't have time to do it justice, having just seen my son off back England after an all-too-brief visit. I've saved it for another day. This one litterally popped up in five minutes. I'll be back to read later.