Excuse the cheesy title. It is reference to a cute character in a well loved film in our house. Can you guess? Yes that’s right Despicable Me. And the character is Agnes who is mad about unicorns and sings a little song about them, hence my title.
I have loved writing about elves and fairies and all things magical. I was a little worried after publishing the last one that the poems were getting a bit “samey” My husband agreed that this may be the case and suggested unicorns as they seem to be popular in the media at the moment. Even in Cold Feet a character expressed their admiration for a unicorn keyring. So I thought I’d bear that in mind.
I still fully indend to write about elves and fairies again but maybe some of them could be from a different angle or taking a different approach. It’s been about a week since I last wrote a poem and so I felt quite fired up yesterday to write another one. I chose Unicorns as the topic and I thought, OK, where do I start. To find out how this poem came about, feel free to read on:
Mad About Unicorns
My sister loves the creatures with horns
Commonly known as unicorns
It makes her go all soft and dreamy
To imagine their fur all white and creamy
With curly horns like ice cream cones
“I want one as a pet,” she always moans
Mum says they’re magic but I don’t believe her
And I don’t see the point in trying to deceive her
But then again, ok I suppose I’ll play along
As long as she quits with that silly unicorn song
She’s unicorn mad, that much is true
But as long as she’s happy, what can you do?
So to prepare for this poem I did a bit of word association. Most will be familiar, but in case you’re not, what you do is you take a word, in this case Unicorns and write down/think of the first words that come into your head. In this case there was: horns, dreamy, white, magical. Then immediately I started to come up with rhymes, like I observed the rhyming words : horns and uncorns, and after dreamy, I immediately thought of creamy, as in creamy white. I was chuffed that already I was thinking in rhyme. Then I thought of the idea of a child writing about their younger sister. I’m not quite sure how I came up with that one, to be honest. But the poem developed from there.
When I wrote about the unicorn song, that bit was inspired by the film but it didn’t necessarily apply to the song in the film. Perhaps there was another song that the sister sings.
I got a little bit stuck for ideas half way through so I took a little break and then continued to think. I thought the sibling narrator, (could easily be a sister or brother) could decide to play along a bit and decide that as long as the sister is happy, then who is he (or she) to say what the sister can or can’t like. There you get the sense of love for the little sister. That’s right, I’ve decided the unicorn mad sister is definitely a younger sibling.
So my tip is:
Let the ideas flow by playing Word Association.
It definitely got me started on my unicorn poem.
Once finished I wanted to find a picture of a unicorn on PINterest to use on this blog, and also my facebook page. Ideally I wanted to try the text on top of the picture but I didn’t have the right editing app that could do that (on Moldiv you can only add a few words) so I posted the text and the picture one after the other, (but still on the same post)
This morning, however I found an app. It is called Bazaart and it was free. I found I could easily add text to pictures using that app. Here is the unicorn poem with text on image:
Pleased with my work, I tried it on a couple of other poems of mine. On ‘Down the Forest Stream’ I found the picture was too bright for the text to show up but I found that if I shuffled the verses around a bit, it worked with “Fairy Party” :
Hope you like the finished products and that you enjoyed the Unicorn poem.
Thanks for reading,