Night at Bird’s-Eye View

By Olivia Mohr

 

It’s true the city never sleeps,

I think in the sky.

Tens of thousands of feet off the ground,

I see thousands of lights.

 

It’s like the sky backwards –

the stars are at my feet.

The moving cars

are shooting stars

streaking across the street.

 

The roads are constellations –

the street lights are aglow,

and they curve and weave

into mazes down below.

 

Our sky is never resting –

it is always moving and awake

and in the darkness

I see the difference

a single light can make.

 

This is an original poem I wrote. I wrote this last summer after I flew to Seattle, Washington from Kentucky. The lights I saw from the sky at night inspired this poem. I don’t usually write poems that rhyme, but with this one, it just happened, and I let it. 

Ars Poetica

I wait for my muse

to whisper

truth in every color

in form of stanzas

 

I record the words

honey-golden or corpse-gray

or somewhere bittersweet

in between

 

Then my pen lies

dormant, waiting

for my muse

to speak again.

 

This is an original poem I wrote.

 

Ars Poetica by definition is basically a poem about the art of poetry. The poem above is my take. Ars Poetica is a great idea to pursue if you are experiencing writer’s block, or simply if you are passionate about poetry. 

14 Ways to Use a Notebook

stack notebooksI collect notebooks like it’s my job, and I have them in all different shapes and sizes. I use them mostly for writing poetry, but there are tons of other amazing uses for notebooks. Even if you don’t enjoy writing, notebooks can still be useful and fun. You can use separate notebooks for different purposes, or you can use one for all your notebook needs.

Here are 14 ways to use a notebook. Some are no-brainers, and others are a bit unconventional.

  1. Creative writing. Notebooks are excellent places to let your creative juices flow. Fill them with poetry, prose and other creative works. Develop characters, story ideas and plots.
  2. A complete mess. For all your scribbles, scratches, splotches and spills. This one is not going to be pretty. Use a notebook for all of your messy handwritten reminders, math problems, mental breakdowns and notes to self. You name it. Please, please, please don’t be afraid to get messy.
  3. Hone your craft. Are you a designer? Create sketches of your fashion, architectural or graphic designs. Are you a writer? Plan out news or feature stories, magazine layouts and story lines. Make your planning as detailed or as messy as you please. No matter what your craft, a notebook will make it a lot easier to put your ideas into action.
  4. Found objects and exploration. If you find something that inspires you, tape or glue it into a notebook. It can be anything, from a piece of trash to a scrap of fabric to an interesting trinket. Get out and explore. If you seek out interesting things and really look around you, you will be pleasantly surprised.
  5. Journal. This one is a no-brainer. Write about your day, and try to keep up and write on a daily basis or as often as you would like.
  6. Discoveries, big and small. If you hear an interesting fact you didn’t know, jot it down. If you notice something walking or driving around that you never noticed before, write about it. We are constantly learning and the world around us is constantly changing, so it’s useful to keep a documentation of growth and change.
  7. Books to read, movies and shows to watch, music to listen to. I feel like I always have a never-ending list of things I need to read, watch and listen to, and I think most people can relate. The next time someone makes a recommendation, write it down so it won’t slip your mind. notebooks 2 (2)
  8. Prompts. Look up writing prompts online or come up with them yourself. Jot them down so you can remember to come back to them later. Leave plenty of space to write stories, poems and other works inspired by the prompts.
  9. Uplifting things. Write about the little things that make you smile, and write about what you’re thankful for. This is a great way to foster contentment and positivity.
  10. Lists. Write about your top 10 favorite movies, TV shows, books, Broadway musicals, songs, musicians, smells, articles of clothing and colors. Write to-do lists and grocery lists. The possibilities are endless.
  11. Ideas and inspiration. No matter how big or small, your ideas deserve to be recorded. Write them down and expand them over time. Write about a person, place or thing that inspires you. Jot down quotes that motivate and inspire you. Write about other people’s work that inspires you to do your own.
  12. Planning. Write down your plans for the day, week, month and year. Set goals and do something each day to bring you closer to that goal. If you’d like, create a bullet journal.
  13. Nature journal. Write about the trees, the ocean, mountains, plants, rocks, sky and insects around you. Create sketches and write descriptions. Notice the beauty and wonder both right outside your front door and when you travel. You can even press and dry plants and leaves and tape them onto the pages.
  14. Travel journal. Write about all the amazing places you’ve seen and visited and all the food, sights and wonders you experienced there.

Introduction

Dear reader,

 

My name is Olivia Mohr. I am an aspiring writer. I currently attend a university, where I study journalism and English. I love writing in both creative and journalistic forms, and you will see a bit of both on Curiosity Garden.

The power of words and language is incredible and almost magical. It is amazing how the words of a stranger can reach someone and speak to him or her on a deep and intimate level. It show us how the human condition affects us all.

We are all so similar, and yet so different. Two people can express the same idea in two completely different ways. That is what is so amazing about writing. It is a personal, individual expression of oneself, and yet it unites us all.

As you read the work on my blog, keep this in mind. I am young and I am learning. Learn with me. Grow with me.

I hope you enjoy what I post, and I hope it speaks to you.

Please leave comments with your thoughts, questions and feedback. I would love to hear from you. Please share my posts on social media and spread the word about Curiosity Garden if my content speaks to you.

I don’t care how many people I reach. However, I hope I plant seeds of curiosity in the minds of whoever reads my blog posts. I hope I help my readers learn new things and look at the world in amazing new ways.

I hope I help you grow your very own Curiosity Garden.

– Olivia