Margo Roby, in her Tuesday Tryouts, http://margoroby.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/tuesday-tryouts-something-old-something-new/, suggested making four lists, of at least six items each, of things old, new, borrowed and blue. I wonder where she came up with them?
I was recently telling Margo about FreeMind, a mind-mapping software I use. It’s available for free on the internet http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page, and while this first step of Margo’s exercise doesn’t really require a mindmap, I used FreeMind in making my list—just to get warmed up. Below is my mindmap list.
The next step was to take one item from each list and use them to create a poem in whatever style one wanted to use. I looked through my lists for the four most diverse items I could find. I ended up with chivalry, fresh as a kiss, tools and bird. Now I had something to use which would stretch the use of FreeMind. It allowed me to let my associations run free. During this stage, associations often appear which are unexpected. One would be hard pressed to explain where they even come from. I took a screen capture of my map about halfway through the process. It would not have been legible when shrunk down to WordPress post-size from its final stage.
The sounds of morning,
singing birds, children at play,
always welcome, always fresh,
fresh as baby’s kiss.
The sound of children laughing
was a constant of my childhood.
When did it disappear?
Now, it’s drowned out by profanity.
Threats are the language of the day.
When did we lose our way?
Within this lifetime,
women were respected and revered.
Men tipped their hats,
held open doors for the ladies,
and allowed them to walk in front.
Those traditions were passed on by example.
Children learned at their father’s knee–
or across it.
Disrespect was not tolerated.
Now, there is no father involved.
Chivalry is dead.
The tool that greased the wheels of civility
has faltered and died through apathy.
A new world dawns
as we dream of what used to be.