Slice of Life Surreal Sigh

Writing Tips / Process

Today, my time for poetry included a bit of surreal reflection on the world. Perhaps you’re feeling this way too.

I sipped my coffee and felt confused and sad— it’s so surreal to be here safe in my home while around the world people suffer in an unprovoked attack on their freedom and country. It seems like there should be more we can do. I found an article on NPR on ways to offer help: Here’s How You Can Help.

Still, I sit in my safety and search the news for updates, all the while wondering which tweets and articles are the truth? How do I know? I found a few places that suggest ways to find truthful posts.

And so these thoughts worked into a poem— with a photo of one my art mugs from another such morning. I began with the my feeling and setting, drifted across the ocean, and then wondered about finding the truth, adding into the poem the four moves of SIFT.

Remember, a poem doesn’t need to rhyme, it doesn’t need to follow a specific pattern, and you can create your own pattern, as I did here. Each verse is three lines: 3, 5, 5 syllables with the last line a rhyme throughout, and all syllables in a similar rhythm. I tried to focus on my search for understanding the surreal feeling of helplessness while searching for truth in the news.

Note: I often create my own patterns for songs in my fanciful fairy novels for NaNoWriMo, so this idea of creating one’s own patterns becomes easier with time. Give it a try.


Surreal Sigh

Safe at home
Coffee in a mug
Sun shines overhead

Far away
Hiding, fighting, free
Prayers for all are said

In the news
Searching: is it truth?
Doubting what is read

Sift the clues
Stopping, checking, think:
Check the source just read

Look around
Reading other news
Checking those instead

Look to find
Backtrack, firstly writ
What was first posted?

Search for truth
Experts writing sound
Know when truth is spread.

Sigh and sip
Coffee in a mug
Hope for peace ahead.

Sheri Edwards
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A little bit of writing on our feelings of confusion help us focus on our own world and find ways to help others by learning how to search for truth to share the truth.


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