You could choose to write about molecules, but that’s not what I’m suggesting here. I’m recommending you write in very small particles. Try writing an atom poem. I learned of this short form variation of a haiku from a post on Ben Alexander’s “The Skeptic’s Kaddish,” a blog I enjoy following. Alexander cites the Poets Collective website for the source of the instructions for the form:
- Provide a title.
- Write in a series of three-line stanzas.
- Use five letters in the first line of each stanza
- Use seven letters in the second line of each stanza.
- Use five letters in the third line of each stanza.
- Do NOT capitalize any letters.
- Do NOT use punctuation.
- Use as many stanzas as needed.
Below is my first attempt at an atom poem:
When it Snows in San Bernardino
You can create a whole journal devoted to atomic poems, or make a journal devoted to short form poetry where you try out a different form each day, week, or month. You could create an eclectic journal where you respond to different prompts/ideas on each page. You’re in charge of your writing. Your journal is yours.