Now think of a location in your life. Remember something small and ordinary that happened in that location: a man, for instance, lifting a bluegill out of the water; a woman picking dead leaves out of a hanging basket; someone carefully propping a guitar against an oak tree.
Choose one of your concepts and write a one sentence claim about the role this concept has played in your life, in your thinking. Perhaps it has taught you something. Perhaps it has gifted you with an approach toward your life or the life of another.
Now read D. Nurske's "Psalm to be Read with Closed Eyes" from the February 2012 issue of Poetry.
Using this poem as a touchpoint, write your own poem. Notice how, in Nurske's poem, "ignorance"--his own chosen concept--will do something for him. What, if anything, can you imagine your chosen concept doing for you? Or what has it already accomplished in your life? What has it taught you about "something small and ordinary" that happened sometime, somewhere, that you are just now remembering?