This is a quick writing exercise when you are having trouble focusing or need a writing warm up. I have used this in many classes I’ve taught and I use it myself, for my own writing. You can write it in your writer’s notebook or you can use your phone and speak it. Just make sure you listen to what you record, so you can enjoy your sound scene. I have recorded sky poems while sitting in my car in parking lots at hospitals, nursing homes, hockey rinks, schools, grocery stores and funeral homes.

It’s a wonderful way to warm up descriptive writing skills and to create a scene fragment. It’s also a lovely touchstone, for grounding yourself. When we are stressed, like so many people right now, when life feels to full and yet not full enough, when what we’ve always known is crumbling and reforming, it can be helpful to breathe, to look up, to be reminded of spaciousness and possibility, even if we don’t feel that way as we lift our heads.

What do you do?

  1. Look up. Look at the sky.
  2. Using descriptive language, write that sky on the page.
  3. Put yourself underneath it. What are you doing as you look at that sky? If you want, create a character, but it’s fine to use yourself.
  4. Connect how you feel to the sky.

You can write in point form, full sentences or fragments. Speak in sentences or words or fragments. Savour.

Here are seven of my Nova Scotia skies.

You are welcome to my skies. In another post I’ll tell you the story of these skies.

Sky 1
Sky 2
Sky 3
Sky 4
Sky 5
Sky 6
Sky 7