1) Gather concrete nouns (cn)
I tried to write a 2 verse haiku. After a few unsatisfactory attempts, I made a note of the story I wanted to tell, and redrafted it in 7 verses. I'm still not happy with it, so I will leave it for 24 hours and come back and re-draft again. I will probably abandon the haiku structure and write in free verse form instead.
A further attempt at the poem...
Instead of subtle grey bark with criss-cross ridges
Sage and silver leaf, slender new shoots, large
Ascending grey-brown branches
One willow chose
The colour indigo?
Instead of workers weaving baskets of brown, white or buff
They were randing, fitching, waling and slewing in blue
Dark blue, which being a fugitive colour
They would not choose?
When stems are cut as wands, sharp hooks
Slice bone white wood,
And sap drips blue?
What next? Must we have
Blue picnic baskets, bedroom chairs, charcoal, and – god-forbid – even cricket bats?
Along the level roads and rhynes, between the Parrett and the Axe and Brue
Conventional buff, brown, silver, sage, green, grey, willows shake their shaggy heads.
They long for a hand with quelling their fears, preferably with a hook
To take her down. But no one comes.
One day, travelling at speed from Greylake to Greinton
Someone in a hurry to leave, and short of time to see
To issues like recycling,
Chose to relieve one obligation and tossed
A sack of -
This still isn't working for me, so I'm going to re-write as a very short story.