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Winter. A surface
Of ice, dead flat and swirled with
Skated lines of dark.
Spring and a soft sheen
Of light sparks up the engine
To a sprawling sound.
Writing tips from Dave – follow the rules or break the rules – you’ll have a poem either way:
· For this opener each stanza is a haiku containing 3 lines of 5-7-5 syllables
· I’ve written it in the present tense
· The poem invites the reader to look at the lake at different times of the year and day
· You could think about other aspects of what a lake might contain – the animals, the plants, the light, the people – haiku stanzas often create very strong sensory feelings of sight, sound, touch, taste or smell.
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