Mette Moestrup – COLORFUL TRIANGULAR POEMS
WRITE A COLORFUL TRIANGULAR POEM
Choose a color.
Close your eyes and picture the color.
Search your memory and your imagination for objects of the chosen color.
Write these objects down in the shape of a triangle.
Place one object in the first line, two in the second, three in the third:
Describe each object (or emotion or landscape or phenomenon) with a word, a couple of words, a fragment or perhaps a quote.
Whether you’re writing on paper or a computer, write in the color you’re writing about.
Use A4 horizontal format or the so called landscape orientation for more space.
Write another triangular poem in another color. Continue with different colors, if you like.
Yellow, or violet, perhaps.
Write three triangular poems in different colors.
Make a triangle composition out of the three triangles.
If you like, continue with more triangles and a bigger triangular composition.
YET ANOTHER VARIATION
Choose the color that felt most important or relevant to you.
It could be the most exciting one, or the one that felt most safe.
The one that activated resistance, or the one that allowed healing.
It is, of course, entirely up to you.
Write a triangular poem in a color of your choice, and this time write as many lines as you have time, space or words for.
Remember, just add an extra object per line.
VARIATION WITH THINGS INSTEAD OF WORDS
Instead of using words, make a colorful triangular poem with things found in your home.
A SHORT RED TRIANGULAR POEM
A LONGER RED TRIANGULAR POEM
Take a photo or a screenshot of your colorful triangular poem made of words, – handwritten or written on a computer, – or things,
and post it on Instagram using #colorfultriangularpoems #1000scores @mettemoestrup.
The triangle is an old, mysterious, and yet very well-known shape, occurring in both nature and culture. In nature, triangles emerge everywhere – in geology, physics, chemistry and biology. We see it all the time in our daily life. As a sign and symbol in languages, religions, rituals, politics, math, medicine, UFOs, traffic, architecture, alchemy, and so on, the triangle has countless meanings, some of them positive, some of them ambiguous or even dangerous. In my poetry, I have worked with triangles for many years (the triangle numbers as a system, reclaiming the black triangle, etc.) without getting enough of this intriguing shape. Quite the contrary, I’m just getting more and more obsessed with the triangle, and so, with this contribution to 1000 SCORES, I wish to share my obsession with you. Creating colorful triangular poems is a way of getting in contact with the triangles of your mind and body. The combination of triangles and colors is, in my own experience, a fascinating and alternative way of remembering and imagining. Sometimes writing colorful triangular poems is helpful for finding courage, other times it’s soothing. And beautiful.