Why Write Micropoetry?
By Candyce Carden
Seagulls soaring, circling, searching,
until finally —
Micropoetry is an
umbrella term for various forms of short poetry. The only rule, really, is that
they’re brief. Not only are micropoems quick, easy, and fun, composing them
Writing Micropoetry Slows Us Down
Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10 ESV).
Micropoetry keeps us in the moment. The practice pulls us out of our electronic world and places us firmly in the real world. Looking for micropoems increases our chances to encounter God and can be expressions of praise.
Vivid pinks and purple
Of God’s crape myrtles
rejoice in rain-cleansed morning air
Writing Micropoetry Heightens Creativity
So God created mankind in his own image..., (Genesis 1:27 NIV).
Highly creative people are naturally keen observers of their surroundings. Some of us need to develop this skill. Opening our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, heart and mind to find micropoems trains us to scrutinize our settings. Finely tuned observation skills open wider windows of creativity.
A beach storm brewed as I wrote this one. It won’t win a prize, but I like it:
Thunder growling, gray sky hovering,
fog descending over the bay;
looks like rain will be my sunshine today
Writing Micropoetry is Good for Mental and Physical Health
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 HCSB)
When we live in the present, we’re happier and healthier. Many micropoems are captured in nature, which means we’re outside moving. Creating them lessens stress because we’re focused outward rather than inward. We aren’t worrying about tomorrow.
But you don’t have to take a nature walk to find them. I spotted this one looking out my window:
Six proud crows,
strut the street,
then cross my lawn
Writing Micropoetry Connects Us to Others
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers…, (Philemon 1:4 NIV).
Cool April morn begs gas logs to knock away the chill;
“Wasteful,” my dad whispers from his grave.
With a smile, I light them anyway
As I penned this one, I lovingly recalled my dad’s frugality, how he came of age during the depression. His exasperation with me because my teenaged self never remembered to turn the lights off when I left a room. I take a moment to thank God for this man who lives on in my heart.
Writing Micropoetry Draws Us Closer to God
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…,” James 1:17 (NIV).
Whatever inspires me to write a micropoem is a gift from God. When I find one, I thank Him.
Scripture tells us to “seek His face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV). I see Jesus in micropoems, and composing them moves me in His direction.
Tender blue sky,
spattered with clouds of froth;
“Rest in today, child,” they call;
“Tomorrow is hours away.”
Invitation to Create
Creating micropoetry calms our mind by slowing our thoughts. They are stress-busters and joy-inducers. Enter the moment and play with a few words. Forget grammar rules and value the process.
Carden is a writer and teacher in north Georgia. She’s worked with students
from kindergarten through college and served as Director of the Children’s
Learning Center for First Baptist Dalton. She’s currently writing a book of
devotions set at the beach. Needless to say, the book requires lots of onsite
research. The answer may not be at the beach, but should we not at least