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Prompt #119 This reminds me

August 16, 2012


This reminds me…

a community poem prompt

We Write Poems:

Our poem prompt this week comes from a scene in that Southern story of relationship and truth, “Big Fish“. (And if by some remote chance you haven’t yet read the book or seen the movie, please go do either or both. There is so much to recommend this story and what it suggests to us.) Here’s the scene,

On one of our car trips, near the end of my father’s life as a man, we stopped by a river, and we took a walk to its banks, where we sat in the shade of an old oak tree.

After a couple of minutes my father took off his shoes and his socks and placed his feet in the clear-running water, and he looked at them there. Then he closed his eyes and smiled. I hadn’t seen him smile like that in a while.

Suddenly he took a deep breath and said, “This reminds me.”

So here’s the prompt. Find yourself a favorite spot, maybe one that evokes deep memory or inspires imagination, then take off your shoes and socks and be reminded… of what?

That “of what” is what your poem will become.

Our prompt “suggester” is feeling a little shy, so remains nameless for now, but not without our sincere thanks for this excellent prompt!

And a reminder to everyone, especially our newer visitors, we appreciate hearing your poem prompt suggestions (shy or not, is fine by us!).

Please come back next Wednesday when you see our follow-up post,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself. *** You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share. *** When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!). *** Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

  1. August 16, 2012 10:49 am

    Just saw this movie for the first time, and was enchanted by it, surprised I had never heard of it.

    • August 18, 2012 7:27 pm

      Reason enough for this prompt alone. I’m glad.

      Big Fish is one of my all time appreciated movies, a better rabbit in a better hat, and both story and movie faithfully render these meanings here. Don’t we often think we know so much, understand the meaning of truth itself? With its sweet Southern story-telling tongue, this story suggests and invites a more spirited embrace of understanding what being human means. Enchantment is the right word indeed.

      Here resides the imagination that so commonly is given up in trade for being what we call adult. Good to be reminded of what is yet available to us.

  2. August 16, 2012 6:00 pm

    Surprise surprise. I wrote a Big Fish poem once. I think the “of what?” is really a door to a story, bountiful fictions that inhabited and made up his father’s life.

  3. August 16, 2012 8:28 pm

    Great prompt…I’ll try to come back to post a poem! 🙂

  4. August 22, 2012 6:06 am

    Hello to all WWP poets, here is my offering this week:

  5. August 27, 2012 6:15 am

    Hi lovelies, you know you should be posting your link in the It’s Post your Poems Day post which appears every Wednesday…

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