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prompt 156 It was a dark and stormy night

May 11, 2013

Surprise, surprise! This is a half time prompt.

We figured since someone (Barbara) asked, and we’ve said we’re doing ten prompts for this series. We don’t know if that will make some (or most) of you baulk. But for the rest of us, things felt a little slow mo, especially if you’ve already written to the last prompt. So this one is entirely optional. Ignore this prompt if you’ve already gone dark & stormy. Don’t ignore it if you think you want another one. But read again since you might miss out the origin story. Especially if you don’t want to miss that one out.

So life isn’t a bowl of roses. It has dark and stormy nights. Your protagonist has one. As you suspected, it’s a metaphor. Why is the protagonist gloomy? If that’s the wrong question, just paint gloom. If you’ve painted it before (and you have), paint it again. Do not paint yellows. In a storm the world literally goes dark. Wherever you are, lightning flashes and loud claps of thunder will find you out. Go with that moody feeling. Make it illuminating. You know, the protagonist broods about something obviously. Or the narrator. The narrator is creating a mood. Whoever the narrator is. Old Frank, for instance. Or drop Frank. Write an interior monologue. To make it interesting, consider weaving in an origin story. The protagonist’s origins. The origin of the universe. Be sleuth-like. Do some back tracing. To first causes. If you want to, you can do a big reveal. And the feeling? Perhaps a feeling of longing, or missing. Describe the essence or memory of the thing. You’re the poet. You can write whatever. But take us somewhere in this journey with the protagonist because the journey continues.

So this is the third poem in the series.

You can link your poem to this post once it’s written. You can post your poem to any prompt in this series at any time. On 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.

  1. May 11, 2013 10:21 pm

    Did someone say go dark? Don’t get caught in the shadows…

    For those on Blogspot this piece is there too.
    (Just look for the title once you get there.)

    • May 12, 2013 3:42 am

      Bravo for being so quick!

      • May 12, 2013 4:33 am

        Hubby’s out of town and … the saga continues, yes?

        • May 12, 2013 4:53 am

          Yes of course. Wait till Thursday for the next instalment. It’ll be a fun prompt, I promise!

  2. May 12, 2013 3:43 am

    Well, I had written mine:

    Miz Fish goes dark

  3. May 12, 2013 6:33 am

    Must be time for a Dream Sequence

  4. May 12, 2013 11:46 am

    Merged the Wordle words into this prompt, Irene.

  5. May 13, 2013 3:16 pm

    I don’t think things are getting any better for Marlene. I am having fun writing these though.


  6. May 14, 2013 1:12 pm

    Debutante Emily Looks for Buried Treasure…much to the chagrin of her daughter, Helen.


  7. May 15, 2013 6:39 am

    Hmm…there are TEN prompts in this series? OK. I’ll have to ponder where/when/if Olivia has doom/gloom…and will be back.

  8. May 15, 2013 5:53 pm

    My poem for prompt 156, Doom & Gloom with Rain is found at

  9. May 16, 2013 4:12 am

    My poem for prompt #156:

    Prompt for #3: Dark and Gloomy

    Dark and Gloomy
    Sometimes it is true
    Things don’t work out
    A hole it torn
    Paint is spilled
    All is dark
    Our mood gloomy
    But in the morning
    The sun rises
    We begin again

  10. May 17, 2013 12:42 pm

    Please look for my poems at:

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