June 11, 2010
By Big Tent Poetry

by Carolee, Deb & Jill

It’s show time! It’s time to post your original poem, written in response to Monday’s prompt — write an angry pantoum — or any other inspiration from the week. (We love it when you write to our prompt, but we also love it when you write on a whim. We all know how fickle that muse can be.)

So leave a link to your blog post, or leave your poem itself, in the comments! And remember: Although we love seeing our badge in the sidebar of your blog, we would appreciate it if you would also link back to the site in each of your poem posts. Linking within your post helps people travel back and forth from your site to the Big Tent Poetry site, and it helps perpetuate Big Tent Poetry “findability” in Google searches — and that helps us all.

Let the show begin! This post is “sticky” — it will stay right here in the spotlight for you all weekend.

Here’s how prompts work under the Big Tent

You’ve got all week to write your poem, based on this week’s prompt. Come Fridays (today!) you’ll find a “Come One, Come All” post (this one!) where you can 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

We want to give you 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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We figure you know how to play in the poetry community, but here are the basics:

Be nice. Have fun. Remember we aren’t a critique forum. We want to support each other as we bring more poetry into our lives. Only provide critique if someone specifically asks for it.

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71 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL / June 11 ”

  1. Marian Veverka on June 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The Angry Man

    Is it easier to let your feelings fly
    Words you may regret someday
    That flash like lightning in the sky -
    Do you remember what you say?

    Words you may regret someday?
    You’d rather stun with power and might
    Can you remember what you say as you
    Blast them with your dynamite.?

    You’d rather stun with your power and might
    “Don’t mess with me!” your battle cry
    Blast them all with your dynamite
    You’ll still be right on the day you die.

    “Don’t mess with me!” Your battle cry
    Everyone hears you, far and near
    Alone and right on the day you die
    No one around to shed a tear.

    My first try at a pantoum. I made it short.

    • Linda Goin on June 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      Hi Marian — it’s thundering and lightning here…perfect venue to read your poem. I know men like that — “alone and right on the day you die.”

    • Deb on June 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      Congratulations on your first!

      You gave the poem powerful last lines — no matter the length, they were enough to set off the aloneness.

    • brenda w on June 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

      Marian, You did a great job with your line “blast them with your dynamite.” It works, well yet comes across differently each time. I’m with Linda…I know a few people (men and women both!) who espouse this line: “Alone and right on the day you die.”

  2. Christina Hile on June 13, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    My poem is here:

    The Rag & Bone Shop

  3. Nate Hile on June 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    My poem is here Rats


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