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One Is Invited - A 'Found' Poem

Updated on November 11, 2012

'Across the Lawns'

Historic Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire
Historic Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire | Source

'Found' Poetry

In her HubPages article, 'Think you don't know how to write poetry? Try Found Poems', Natalie Sack recommends leafing through a magazine, choosing an article, at random, and then discovering the words, within it, that seem most appealing. Then allowing those words to form a 'found' poem.

I thought that I would take her advice and I chose an online page, from an archaeology magazine that I enjoy reading. The item concerned a restoration project at Kew Gardens.

First I chose everything that appealed.
Then I narrowed down the words and phrases to those which particularly appealed.
Though I discarded some words; I added none.
I did alter the final order, so that it was pleasing to me.

The result is: 'One is Invited ...'.

Tricia Mason

a watchful eye


trudging through the rain

in the summer

across the lawns


it looks


prettiest of all

most fascinating of all

stunningly beautiful

despite the rain

a lost building

a walled garden

untouched

abandoned

forgotten

two centuries ago

'A Lost Building'

Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire - History and Atmosphere!
Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire - History and Atmosphere! | Source

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    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      This is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. What a wonderfully creative idea. The pictures are so pretty. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Dee :)

      Thank you very much.

      I found it a most interesting exercise!

      The photos are of Wroxall Abbey, taken on the evening that the latest deluge started, here in the UK.

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      ashleeosborn 4 years ago

      Interesting idea, beautiful result. I loved it.

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks Ashleeosborn :)

      Yes, I agree, it is a very interesting idea.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Beautifully crafted verse

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you very much Rahul :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I like your poem a lot. What a great technique for creating unique and interesting poems.

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks Marlene!

      Yes, it's a very interesting technique.

      I tried it, again, but haven't come up with another poem yet :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a neat method for creating a poem! I will have to try this method and see what results. Your poem is very nice

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks Christy. Glad you like the poem.

      As you say, it really is an interesting way of creating poetry :)

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very nice and beautiful visuals.

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you, Angela. :)

      After I had put the words together, I realised that they went very well with a lovely place that I had very recently visited, and photographed ~ Wroxall Abbey, in Warwickshire.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thats a great idea to do a Found poetry, this way you can virtually write poetry about anything you can see in a magazine etc, it certainly worked for you, your poem is beautiful, nell

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you, Nell. That's very kind of you ~ though I don't actually feel that I wrote it ~ it was a sort of shared thing :)

      It was an interesting and entertaining exercise, though :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Trish,

      What an interesting idea to take words from an article and then start picking and choosing from among them to form a poem without adding any other words. Now I will know what a "found" poem is, and I must say, you did it well. Loved the photos!

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Peggy :)

      I only tried this because of Natalie Sack's hub, and I was quite pleased with the results. I

      I was also pleased to see that some photographs ~ ones I had only recently taken ~ seemed to fit so well.

      I have to say, though, that I did try this experiment again, but not so successfully. :)

      Thank you for your kind words!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow Trish such a creative idea. Loved the idea...it's challenging me :)

      Beautiful poem with voted up.

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thanks, Ruchira ~ it's a very interesting idea, isn't it :)

      Have you read Natalie Sack's hub on the subject?

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      Einy51 4 years ago from Gampaha,Srilanka

      It's very beautiful Tris :)

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you so much, Einy51 :)

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      bonetta hartig 4 years ago from outback queensland

      Beautiful - so well done - thank you

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Bonny :)

      That's very kind. Thank you.

      'Found Poetry' is quite an interesting idea, I think :)

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