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Prompt #15: It’s Post Your Poems Day!

August 18, 2010

What object in last week’s image caught your eye? Share your links to your poems in the comments, then read each others’ work to see all the different aspects of the photo that spoke to us. Remember our team etiquette of commenting only positively on each others’ work!

  1. August 18, 2010 12:04 am

    who kidnapped my gram
    she was here last I came by
    seems she’s disappeared
    all her things are gone
    her art nuevo and deco
    her Ligne Roset and MOMA
    this country kitsch ain’t grandma’s
    so tell me now — where is she

    • August 18, 2010 5:03 am

      oh, goodie!

    • August 18, 2010 6:03 am

      I love “country kitsch!” (not in my house as much as in your poem!) ~Brenda

    • August 19, 2010 6:21 am

      Love the inversion to show another dimension of grandmotherliness, a deco-MOMA granny. Big Smiles. Thank-you.

  2. Irene permalink*
    August 18, 2010 12:15 am

    Oh cute Rob! You’ve got the fastest fingers.

    I’m next.


  3. August 18, 2010 12:34 am

    Mine is HERE

    • August 18, 2010 6:06 am

      Uma, I can never tell if your blog TAKES my comments or not. I tried three times this morning, but it didn’t indicate whether it took or not. (Usually I can tell with blogs if it ‘works’ or not. If you find more than one response of mine in your blog, please delete the other two.

    • August 18, 2010 6:30 am

      Uma. I left a comment, I hope it shows! I’ll check later. Your piece is gentle and lovely. I enjoyed it.

    • August 18, 2010 8:05 am

      I too could’t get past your spam blocker.

      I liked your work.

    • August 18, 2010 9:31 pm

      (Blogsome isn’t taking my comment, and so… )

      Uma, I have several times been much impressed with the manners in which some writers have found to address this change in family, a passing from one to another, and do so with both grace and creativity allowing us to appreciate the simplicity and devotion of the moment. This is one of those.

      Your so simple line, “They held her breath”, is both recognition of actual reality and expressive of an emotion depth of understanding too. Beautiful. And your poem gently allows us to come into this space of understanding, just as you too gently entered that room. Thank you for sharing this poem.

    • August 19, 2010 7:12 am

      Enjoyed how you show the objects embody memory, symbolize the life lived and invoke gentle warmth of memories. Really enjoyed reading. Thank you.

  4. August 18, 2010 4:54 am

    Sometimes I wonder about the turns prompts play for me—
    Here’s my poem

    • August 19, 2010 7:15 am

      Really enjoy how prompt inspired to write about the inhabitant of the kitchen, a lovely and sad portrait of agedness where dementia (?) or personal whimsy see the world differently (love the asparagus) and the underlying human desire to speak and be heard. Lovely. Thank-you.

  5. August 18, 2010 5:03 am

    This was a fun prompt, y’all. I got two, and still haven’t gotten around to the chickens and miniature tea pots.

    the yellow stone cottage
    and your mom’s polaroid house

    • August 19, 2010 7:18 am

      Love how you selected the colours and desire to see ‘vividness in a foggy past’ for I, too, wanted to know more about the symbolic/literal parts of the objects and the kitchen.

  6. August 18, 2010 5:40 am

    I got a little mixed up & posted on Monday. Hope it’s still here.

    • August 18, 2010 9:47 pm

      Nice, Marian. I like the viewpoint

    • August 19, 2010 4:00 am

      Simply lovely and tells a gentle story of country living. The kitchen is really a place of comfort.

      (couldn’t take my comment on blog)

    • August 19, 2010 7:21 am

      Love this poem for it is so emotionally resonated with my experience of farm kitchens and women and children and the sharing and being together and weaving a common narrative. Enjoyed how just the right words reminded to recreate clear pictures in my head about these kitchens. Thank you.

  7. August 18, 2010 5:56 am

    Here’s a poem based on some one else’s dream:

  8. August 18, 2010 6:02 am

    Here’s my piece. Thank you for the prompt.

    • August 19, 2010 7:24 am

      Thank you for celebration of the mentorship that Elders bring, particularly how they listen hard and verify life as is, sometimes puncture our wishful thinking and they always do it with yummy food for stomach and soul. Thank you for poem.

  9. August 18, 2010 6:13 am

    Here’s my offering for this week:



  10. August 18, 2010 7:49 am

    Here’s what came up for me:

    Lovely prompt, thanks!

  11. August 18, 2010 7:56 am

    Mine is titled “KAMIDANA

  12. angie permalink
    August 18, 2010 9:54 am

    here’s mine —

    I hope to make the rounds this evening; can’t wait to see what everyone came up with!

  13. August 18, 2010 10:04 pm

    A few Old Wives’ Tales

  14. August 19, 2010 7:52 am

    Too all poets, thank-you for such a diversity of lovely contributions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and the prompted explorations from these beautifully word tended poems.

  15. August 19, 2010 12:54 pm

    Here is mine…inspired from the photo….and my late stepmother who was obsessed with smoking.. radio soap operas and …..I guess what you would call “knick knacks”…till the end with her dementia

  16. August 19, 2010 12:56 pm

    oops…MOTHER OF THE AIR …to be found at

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