I read about this in my writing inspiration book this morning. Never thought of it that way before, but I realized it can help you visualize the scene that’s occurring accurately because there are far fewer words. This means that each word has to count. Kind of like when I’m editing my short stories or when I’m editing the novel that I finished a few weeks back. Here’s a poem from one of my son’s textbooks.

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;

Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;

He watches from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

—-Lord Alfred Tennyson

When I read the poem, I close my eyes, and I can see the scene in front of me, very rich and vibrant. Poems have always been a mystery to me because I didn’t understand them, but now, I realize I need to investigate them more.

Until next time, be real!