When I took a closer look, I realized there were certain words left unmarked, and when read in order, composed a sweet little verse.
Was this a message left by some anonymous admirer?! Had I inadvertently intercepted a coded love sonnet for someone else?!
Nope. It was newspaper blackout poetry.
What's that you ask?
It's simply taking a marker to any article and crossing off stuff until you're left with a cool little bit of word play. Check out this website where you can read samples and even download your own creations for others to enjoy.
I did this today while having my morning coffee in the living room.
I encourage you to give it a try, it's a great way to exercise your writing muscle. More importantly, leave the paper behind for someone else to enjoy. Finding something lovely in a completely unexpected setting makes the discovery all that more special.
Have you come across any newspaper poetry?