There are certain words in the English language that sound just plain ugly to me. Fork is one. Chunky. Oyster. I am sure that you have your own pet peeves when it comes to the way words sound. We also hold negative associations with words that have hurt us or that we link with unpleasant experiences. Wound. Pig. Stupid.
Today, I will ask you to take one of your “ugly” words and transform it into something beautiful. There are several ways to approach this.
Write an ode to a word/thing you find abhorrent. Find its beauty somewhere and praise it. If Pablo Neruda can make socks sounds wonderful, you can do that for a fork. Or whatever your word is.
Make a long list of words you do not like. Then use all/some of them in a poem about someone or something or some place that you love.
Make a list of words that sound beautiful to you. Undulate. Cocoon. Superfluous. Fluid. Using this list of lovely words, write about something ugly or unpleasant. Make the vile beautiful.
Here there are ghosts
Letters and photos and...
It's just another shoebox
Another piece of faded memory
Bits of time and faith
Pieces of a life
Buried in a cardboard sepulcher
Covered in colored construction paper
Magic marker and
(Not quite symmetrical)
Pink paper hearts
It's all the goodbye an 8 year old can muster
We visit here every other Sunday
I try to forget
And he makes me remember
I am covered in loss
He is illuminated in memories
We both cry
For different reasons