Monday, July 25, 2011

Airport Poetry and Prose

The airplane is big and loud.  

Old gray pantsuit
weary and bent over

quickly clicking high heels
ready to conquer the world

Anxious to see his new love the young man urgently talks to the counter man about his missed flight.   He missed his flight because he needed that extra minute to get his hair just right.   The lucky lady will now wonder where her love wonders without her.   When will they meet again?  And will their love survive the separation?   

Ever stuck in the airport with time to spare?   With wiggly bored kids?   

I've found airports to be a great place to people watch and to practice writing skills.   I try to have paper and gel pens (which seem much more inspiring than the regular kind) in my carry-on bag, so we can use that time to have a little writing session.   Littles may write a sentence and include a picture to illustrate their writing.   Poems of any shape and form are popular in our family and all jump in to help describe what they see.   Sometimes we write paragraphs one sentence at a time with each family member adding on one sentence to tell the story as they see it.   Other times we choose the same person for all to write about and then compare our stories we see in that person.   

This has been an easy way to include the joy of writing in our everyday life.  How have you included writing in your day to day activities? 


  1. What an awesome idea! I love your impromptu family poetry-writing sessions! My daughter sometimes had a journal with her that she was working on, but this would create amazing family memories - as well as positive feelings about writing! Visiting from HHH. Deb @

  2. brilliant idea! love it! seriously! can't wait to do this with my kids when they are big enough!! hhh again cheers.

  3. I might try the writing idea next time we'll travel. Really, it's so much better to write something when nobody tells you too... And gel pens - simply "a must"!

  4. TRULY GREAT idea! I think...when/if we fly again I will have to try this! Dropping by from the glad I found your fun blog...can't wait to read more!


  5. That's a great place, and thinking about all of the people and places, it's hard to not be inspired.

    Following from Totally Tuesday, come stop by Thing Sent My Way!

    Michelle @ Things Sent My Way

  6. Great idea to utilize some down-time, and keep the kids occupied as well! :)

  7. Great idea! I have some airport time coming up with my kids. I am going to pry the video games out of there hands and do this.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog (M and J in a Nutshell). I love the idea of airport poetry, and especially of the collaborative writing while at the airport. Fun!


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