Poetry as a Source of Story
My life has been the poem I would have writ. Henry David Thoreau
The dichotomy of doing and being.
Whitman seems to have accomplished a major feat by recording in fragments his life in a free form of poetic fragments. Kerouac mastered similar accomplishment when he hit the road and recorded a memorable record of his inner and outer journey.
Pick a favorite line from either of these three writers. Be the poem as you cross between reality and metaphor. Describe something without naming the thing. The fading redness of a withering begonia without using red or fading or withering or begonia. Tell us what you see in the poem of you. Sculpt the story of the space where the flower lives. Breathe life into this dying thing.
Be the poet. Write.