I’m keeping it simple and fun tonight! Welcome to the Poet’s Pub.
Do you know where you are?
You might have heard of “What 3 Words” https://what3words.com/about-us/. The developers of what3words have divided the whole word into 3 metre squares and allocated each of them a combination of 3 words. The idea is that if you are lost and in need of help you can use these words to pinpoint your location exactly.
During lockdown I was asked to take part in a project to create a plantation of poems. Katy from Courage Copse, and Bideford Library joined forces for this project. Katy chose 60 trees from her woodland and gave 57 poets the 3 words that located that tree. Each poet had to write a poem between 3 and 12 lines long, including those 3 words. The poems were printed on wood and displayed in the woodland around National Poetry Day (1 October in the UK). I visited my poem on a wet and windy day – as you can see – and it was wonderful to see it there.
I’m sure you can guess what’s coming next. I thought it would be fun to do this at dVerse. However, I’m mindful of the fact that you might not want your exact location pinpointed on a map for all to see – so I did a little tour of London for you and picked out some 3 word combos. All you have to do is choose one of them, write a poem (3 – 12 lines long), and link it up as usual. If you go to the what3words website you can find your spot in London – and you can use that for further inspiration if you like.
Here’s the list:
You know the score!
Welcome, poets! It’s cold and wet here, so I’ve got some hot drinks as well as the usual stuff.
Just a reminder: Bjorn and Sanaa will be hosting a live OLN on 29 October. Hope to see you there! In the meantime, let’s poem!
Helen Dehner said:
Hurrah for the live OLN! I will have a hot toddy please, cool and damp in Bend Oregon.
Hot toddy coming up!
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Thanks for hosting, Sarah. Oh yes…it’s cold and rainy here in Boston as well. I would love a hot cup of coffee with just a dash of kaluha in it please 🙂
I enjoyed this prompt and went to the site to see where I live 🙂 What an interesting idea to map the world in this way. My 3 words from your list are the location of the National Gallery of Art — a place I’ve visited in London! 🙂
I think it would be easier to find a place you HAVEN’T visited, Lill! Hot coffee coming up, with a good dash of kaluha. Good to see you here.
Good evening, poets! Good evening, Sarah! Thank you for hosting and for a brilliant challenge. It’s cold and wet here too, so a hot chocolate with whipped cream and come Baileys for me please (i’m allowed – it’s virtual!) 🙂 Thank you for the reminder about the live OLN – let’s hope we get more poets to take part and make it a poetry party.
A poetry party is always good! It’s great to see people and hear their voices. Hot chocolate coming up. heavy on the virtual cream and Baileys.
Okay…will try again here. First comment did not post???
Thank you for hosting, Sarah. A fascinating prompt! I went to the 3word website and “travelled” around a bit. They’ve done a lot of work!
Cold and rainy in Boston as well…a mulled warm wine would be nice to ward off the chill.
DRATS! Happens to me every time….end up with two posts. Ah well…I’m not a two fisted drinker though so just the mulled wine I think! 🙂
Gremlins in the works, I think!
I am confused Sarah, but perhaps I need to go back yo the site again. Thus dounds tantalizing, so I will figure it out Thank you for a most interesting prompt.
Just choose 3 words and write a poem around them. If you want to check out the location, you should just be able to click on the words you’ve chosen, but you don’t have to. I just thought people might like to see where they were.
ringed/reached/swanky These three words will take you to a section of Old Growth Forest, in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, near Mt Hood, about which I have written many times. Its natural beauty is unparalleled, absolutely breathtaking, and it is where I have gone many times to write poetry, or simply meditate to escape the madness of the world. My failed health now prevents me from likely ever returning, but it lives vividly in my heart.
I chose to take people to one of my most favorite spots on earth. I have imbedded the 3-words, in their correct order, in my poem. Lots of clues to find my personal eden.
Hi Sarah. Thanks for the introduction to the project and site. I enjoyed the backgrounder and writing about the 3 words. Cool here at 16C but sunny.
Thanks, Grace. It’s a strange but potentially useful project.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Sarah- I have never heard of what3words, but I think it’s wonderful! Thank you so much for hosting. I enjoyed learning about it and have already downloaded;oaded the app.
Wow, fast work! Good to see you here, Linda.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I loved that it was just to click on those three words and then it brought me someplace… to find a museum and wonder what it was … it’s like traveling-
Hello Sarah and All. Imagining how delightful to be a participant is such a fun poetry and nature activity. Looking out at nature right now and it’s looking chilly. If you have any hot cocoa (with marshmallows) I’d be most obliged.
Always have hot chocolate here, my dear!
Juuust right, thanks 🙂
Loved the prompt, Sarah! 🙂 I ll have some hot chocolate please. The days are getting colder here. This poem is for you! 💝
Thank you! You certainly got the weather!
You’re most welcome! 💝
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Such a fun and interesting prompt. I hope I did it correctly. 😀 We had rainy yesterday, but it’s still cool and dreary. Now that Sanaa mentioned it, hot chocolate would be wonderful!
You did it perfectly. And a picture too! Definitely deserves hot chocolate.
wow what a fascinating concept Sarah! Found my locations three words 🙂
Must have been sweet seeing your poem on a tree! I’m off to compose
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I am sorry, but I have no idea what this is all about even after reading the descriptions.
Maybe I did too much preamble! It was just a way 9f generating some prompt words, really, but I thought I’d explain how I got them. You can use the geographic link or not – up to the individual.
Beverly Crawford said:
This turned out to be a tutorial in London travel, which I enjoyed and became quite absorbed. My 3 words chosen led me to the Foundling Museum, and the story of the collection of objects left by mothers with their babies gripped my heart. I cannot imagine the emotional trauma of making the decision to leave one’s child.
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This is really fascinating!
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Tricia Sankey said:
This was a cool idea! I like the idea of words guiding us and used that as the theme of my poem. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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Ha! I’m in the zoo! My favourite place to be ❤️
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I found the house I lived in in highschool (which frankly was both amazing and not a little creepy, as they had the exact outline of it). What an amazing prompt.
Well, what a great idea. I did go with where I live, and delighted with the words and opportunity, thank you Sarah, so creative.
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