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Today, I challenge you to write a visual poem. If that’s not specific enough, perhaps you can try your hand at a calligram? That’s a poem or other text in which the words are arranged into a specific shape or image. You might find inspiration in the famous calligrams written by Guillaume Apollinaire. And a word to the wise — the best way to cope with today’s exercise may well be to abandon your keyboard, and sit down with paper and pen (and maybe crayons or colored pencils or markers!)

For this prompt I played around with the shape of a poem I had written on the Monmouth and Brecon Canal.  If I knew how to turn the print upside down in the second half I would!

Canal journey

we are upside down,
you and I
the canal surface a dividing line
between real and mirror worlds
we mark stages, glide through
the round O of every bridge arch
find quiet moorings at days end
you and I reflected in the surface of the canal
find quiet moorings at days end
the round O of every bridge arch
we mark stages, glide through
between the real and the mirror world
the canal surface a dividing line
you and I
we are upside down

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