I joined the local gym last summer with that goal in mind. I wanted to do water aerobics, so I bought a patterned racer-back swimsuit that promised to camouflage my (many) figure flaws. My hopes were high, but everything else hung low. Strangely, not one of my classmates seemed bothered by their own shape; they moved freely and joyfully around the pool. They reminded me of my childhood self, playing in
the sprinkler in the navy blue bathing suit my aunt made for me, which inspired the following SHAPE poem. Creating a shape poem involves arranging your words into a particular form on the page, thus adding
a visual component to your piece.
AFTERNOON DELIGHT, which I posted last summer, is another example of a shape poem. Add a little imagination and the sky’s the limit.
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