Golden Shovel

Last summer I tried writing one poem every day. The Writer’s Digest has a list of 168 poems for writers to try and I attempted to write an example of each one. I did not make it. But, I have a good selection that I can edit and work with now. Here is an example of one of those poems. The information on the Golden Shovel is from Writer’s Digest . I chose this one today because I am feeling that I really need a Spring Break and to get out outside. I have some Wanderlust.

Here are the rules for the Golden Shovel:

  • Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
  • Use each word in the line (or lines) as an end word in your poem.
  • Keep the end words in order.
  • Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
  • The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.

If you pull a line with six words, your poem would be six lines long. If you pull a stanza with 24 words, your poem would be 24 lines long. And so on.

From Paul McCartney-Wanderlust

Light out wanderlust
Help us to be free
Light out wanderlust
Do it just for me


Fight for the light
Shout to get out
Bust with wanderlust

Yelp for help
Cause a fuss for us
Agree to be
Moderately free

Ignite a light
Devout the out
Trust the wanderlust Commit and do it
Gutsiest are the just
Amity for me
For us, we wanderlust

2 thoughts on “Golden Shovel

  1. And the wanderlust has really had to take a hibernation over the past 15 months. One way we shall be out there again, free.


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