May 31, 2010
By Jill

This week’s prompt

Earlier this week, the moon rose full and orange. It was gorgeous, and instead of worrying about werewolves or the other crazies that are supposed to be out and about during a full moon, I wanted to be one. Call it the pull of the moon or full moon fever, but as that glowing orb rose, the urge to do something wild and unpredictable grew like a daisy in time-lapse photography!

I’m not going to tell you if I did or did not indulge my urge to join the ranks of the wild and crazy, but I will put it into a poem. And that’s your job this week.

Write about something you would love to do but have never dared. Maybe you are indeed a poet who lives on the edge. Choose one of your greatest adventures and put it in a poem. Never ventured over to the dark side? Make something up! Keep us guessing. To quote Mary Oliver in “The Summer Day,” “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?”

How prompts work under the Big Tent

We post prompts on Mondays, and you have all week to write your poems, based on our fabulous prompt or any other inspiration. Come back on Friday when you will find a “Come One, Come All” post where you can use the comments section to 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

You’ll have all day Friday (and all weekend!) to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.

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8 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT / May 31 ”

  1. Dina Spice on May 31, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Immediately wheels were ‘a turnin’! Thank you for the super prompt.

    - Dina

  2. vivienne blake on May 31, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Yup:first draft poured out.

  3. Julie Jordan Scott on May 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I adore that Mary Oliver quote. It is a wild and precious life. THANK YOU for this prompt. (I have had a hard time writing to prompts since April ended. It is so odd, because I lived by them, waited for Monday morning with such excitement for a new prompt. WAITED for the beginning of the month for a mini poem challenge and now? Nothing finished. I should write about THAT perhaps!

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  5. another big tent full moon (notes) « carolee sherwood on June 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

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  7. Linda Goin on June 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I wrote a poem on the prompt for the prompt…the moon. Anxious to read what everyone else wrote this week…what a fine frenzy of poets!

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