NaPoWriMo Quarantine Edition – Exercise 5

Welcome to Day Five!

Write a poem that uses each of your five senses in turn to describe the experience of a day in your (real or imagined) life. As always, it’s about details – be specific, and go beyond the obvious. Try playing with perspectives – near and far, up and down, inside and out.

The idea for this one came from the late Roddy Lumsden’s poem, Hard Work. I’m not suggesting you try to copy his style, but I do love the way each stanza riffs roguishly on each sense in turn. If you can manage similar leaps, go for it!

Bonus challenge: we usually talk about just five senses – sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell – but there are loads more. Temperature, time, pain, pressure, proprioception … explore some of these less-often-thought-of senses in your poem.

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