Create • Inspire • Journey
by Rachelle Eason
5 Simple Steps to Writing a Nature Poem
Journal writing with poems composed from the heart is an imaginative way to open up to the overflowing beauty of nature. My eco-stained journal collection is built around the connection between nature and self-expression; self-healing.
Writing in my Classic Journal, my thoughts went to poetry and how a brief combination of words may help me get closer to understand some internal struggles. As a former English teacher, I reached into my bag of writing activities and felt the power of simplicity…brainstorming words and then joining those words into phrases.
The Writing Steps
Here are five simple steps to writing a poem that initiates a conversation with something in nature.
1. Jot down a list of elements in nature that you are drawn to.
2. Jot down a list of actions that are normally engaging for you.
3. Create phrases by combining words from both lists.
4. Expand out the phrases using adjectives to compose descriptive sentences.
5. Choose your favorite lines to combine into a poem.
I seemed to have been in a sing-songy mood while writing this one, and my words ended up rhyming. However, lines of a poem do not need to rhyme so just put your phrases together in a way they mean something to you.
Now, of course, we can go further!
Try writing as if the element in your first list is a being that you are talking with…
Notice how in my second poem I changed the word sunshine to sun? These are my words, my thoughts, my poem and I can change any words in the poems or phrases that I want. I can even write a poem without using any of the words in either list. Lol, I’m rebellious in that way!
There are no right or wrong ways to write in your journal; there is just a lovely page open to your truth. Be you and let the poem, or whatever you choose to write, roll out without second guessing your every word.
For as long as I can remember, journaling included an artistic expression in some way. Nature has always been my favorite muse for drawing and to combine words with drawings is my go-to entry style in my journals.
The Rachelle Eason Collection is created to inspire and encourage unity of art and nature. On these particular set of pages in my eco-print journal, the eco-prints gave me the impressions of fall. The plant elements used on this spread are rose petals and leaves, daisies, and blueberries. The colors are stunning!
The negative space left around the main prints have a bit of a blush and those shades inspired me to see elements to pull out with pencil. I used a #2 drawing pencil to sketch out my tree at the bottom, create a daisy stye sun, and a page tall tree. I then went over my sketch with a #2B pencil, shading it out a bit with a stump. Then I repeated going over my sketch by darkening it out more with a #6B pencil and again shading it out with a stump. Once shaded, I went back with my original #2 drawing pencil and refined my original lines.
I love how my words penned in purple ink are lifted by the eco-prints of the page.
Oh, how beYOUtiful nature is!