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prompt 154 who is your protagonist?

May 1, 2013

Write about an ordinary day where nothing much happened except the usual. Tell us what’s the usual. You could go that way or you could decide to make some surreal thing happen.
You’re the poet. You can write whatever.

(And if you survived Napowrimo, all the more you should adopt the “I can do whatever” attitude.)

To make it interesting, you’d have to give a sense of the protagonist in your piece. Whether you use the first or third person you have to have a protagonist. Give the person a name. If you’re following this prompt site, then you will have to bear in mind that you’re going to write a series of poems featuring that protagonist.

So this is the first.

You can link your poem to this post once it’s written. You have all week to write. Next Thursday, we’ll see you for a new prompt. Hint hint: It’ll have to feature the protagonist. The idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on. We’ll explore. We’ll make the ordinary extraordinary.

There’s an example of ordinary/extraordinary here. It just happened to be prose but we’d rather you stick to the form of a poem.

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31 Comments
  1. May 1, 2013 11:35 pm

    An ordinary day with Miz Fish.

    in which Miz Fish goes to lunch with Mum

  2. May 2, 2013 3:12 am

    I don’t think I’m receptive to prompts at the moment! But I’ll try…

  3. May 2, 2013 5:39 pm

    Take a couple of days off, Viv. Bake, quilt, go for walks..then come back and play. Remember, it’s the journey..

  4. May 3, 2013 10:25 am

    The protaganist in my poem “Lost, All is Lost and Desolation” is not me. this is a science-fictiony thing I have been thinking about doing off & on. So I need to give her a name, which I will, eventually, and use this poem as a sort of introduction.
    It is posted at my blog.

    • May 3, 2013 7:47 pm

      Perchance you could give the protagonist a name, Marian? It is essential to give a name. The protagonist shall not be nameless. But you’re allowed to name her in next week’s instalment.

  5. May 3, 2013 5:04 pm

    That was fun.
    A Context for Aunt Sister

    • May 3, 2013 7:50 pm

      Aunt Sister is a pair of overalls. Sister is her name. That’s what density does to me, sly one.

      • May 4, 2013 4:12 am

        One of my aunts was an “Aunt Sis”. Her brothers all called her “Sis”, and when my generation came along…Far as we were concerned, that was her name. Thought I’d play with the idea.

    • May 3, 2013 8:34 pm

      It has a be a very smart dog with thoughts. Remember there is going to be a storyline and it’s far easier to identify if the protagonist is named.

  6. May 4, 2013 11:04 am

    Sorry Irene, didn’t mean to step on anyone’s toes with my title, it just worked until I got here and saw your title. Mea Culpa, thrice if that helps,

    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/mizfit/

    Elizabeth
    PS Great minds?

    • May 4, 2013 3:13 pm

      Well you know who planted the idea!

  7. May 5, 2013 11:01 am

    Thanks for the prompt, I gave it a try.

    • May 5, 2013 12:32 pm

      That should be ‘I worked on this…” But word(s) fit I suppose.

  8. May 5, 2013 9:19 pm

    Okay here is my attempt (nervous absolutely)
    http://mindlovemisery.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/a-girl-named-absinthe/

  9. May 6, 2013 8:35 am

    The protagonist of my Sunday Whirl poem, http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/a-legendary-wordle/, was chosen with this in mind. I wanted a character I could carry forward, because Neil has indicated that this is an on-going theme. Today I wrote another scene using the same protagonist: Not exactly an everyday kind of scene (I hope). http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/dont-mess-with-me/

    • May 6, 2013 5:04 pm

      Wonderful, but just one minor correction dear Viv. This thoughtful provocative prompt is being provided and tended by the charms of our Miss Irene who merits all the well deserved credit here. 🙂 Me, is away, resting right now.

  10. May 6, 2013 12:55 pm

    We Write Poems, meet Helen R. Jones.

    -Nicole

  11. honeyhaiku permalink
    May 7, 2013 9:40 am

    First time prompting here and anxious…here is my first offering: http://honeyhaiku.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/a-sunslip-for-marys-twelve-star-crown/

  12. May 7, 2013 5:18 pm

    Just to preempt a bit, in this series of prompts, I am going to keep referring to the protagonist. The protagonist will be having human-like experiences. So it really helps the reader to bond if you give the protagonist a name.

  13. May 8, 2013 8:16 am

    Hey peeps, the second prompt is up. But anytime you want to play along, just jump in at whichever prompt you feel comfortable doing. I hope you do.

  14. May 9, 2013 2:52 pm

    Jumping in late…here’s a bit about Olivia…

    http://whenwordsescape.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/olivia-and-the-ordinary/

  15. May 10, 2013 2:19 am

    I’m afraid that I’m late, Irene. I’ve been offline for a few weeks. Here’s my usual day response. http://miskmask.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/green-soap-a-brush-and-rust/

  16. May 10, 2013 2:59 am

    Better late than never, gals. This is going to be …a short haul. Or is there such a thing as a long short haul?

    • aprille permalink
      July 29, 2013 3:59 am

      Yes, there is such a thing, spelled ‘longshore toll’ 🙂

      Sorry I came in too late and missed these inviting prompts. I will have a secret go at them.

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