Peter Cole Poet Title Photo of silly Pete

Ordinary To Extraordinary

There are no limits to our imagination. By turning ordinary things on their head, reversing them, looking at the world at a different angle to everyone else you'll find there are more ideas than stars in the sky, and none of them are out of your reach.

Write a list of everything you've done today:

Ate breakfast
Brushed your teeth
Went to school etc etc . . .

So you don't think there's anything interesting to write about? Well, what if instead of a poem about eating breakfast your breakfast ate you? What would it be like inside the stomach of a cereal monster? What would you see? What would you hear? What would it smell like?

What would make a boring lesson more interesting? What if in Geography instead of just reading books and watching DVDs about giant waterfalls and volcanoes you actually went there instead? What if you had a science lesson at NASA and you and your class all went in a rocket to the moon?

NEVER tell yourself an idea is silly until you've tried it out. Even the most ordinary, everyday subject can come to life in a poem.

What if one of your hobbies was fishing?

There are probably hundreds of poems about fishing and fish but what if you reversed things a bit? What if all the seas, lakes, rivers and ponds floated in the sky and it was the fish that caught us? What would a fish use as bait to attract a human? Maybe a TV remote to catch your dad and a bar of chocolate and a magazine about celebrities to hook your mum. What bait could the fish use on you? A Wii remote? A bike? Your mobile? A gigantic pizza dripping with cheese?

Write about anything and everything.

Make the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY.