Obvious Fuel

David Weinstock suggests in Maps and Voyages, “Greet the obvious.” A writer highlights what is right in front of our collective noses and invigorates those details to which the rest of us have become numb.


Look around you and notice the what is there, the objects and colors we look past. Inhale and smell the odors that we move through every day. Quiet yourself and listen. Open to the senses and notice what is there. Write a poem about these obvious things, and for extra credit use a salutatory style by directly greeting these obvious surroundings.

Hello, gravel shifting under my feet!

Good luck!