Journey to the past.
If you could turn back the clock, wake up in a different era, or hop in a time machine, what period in history would you visit? Your motivation may be pure curiosity, a desire to witness an event, or a question you seek to answer.
Whatever your reason, write about this period (and/or the experience of traveling there) in a ballad. Your stanzas should be four lines long, with the second and fourth lines rhyming (abcb).
Hanan Adi shows us how it's done. Here's a teaser from her beautiful ballad "Farewell, Fair Land"
The sun was white and never dimmed by smog or smoke,
The moonlit night gave sand the hue and coolth of snow;
From eve till morn the white stars danced just like our folk—
But that was long, a long time ago.