July 30, 2010
By Carolee

by Carolee, Deb & Jill

It’s show time! It’s time to post your original poem, written in response to Monday’s prompt — write a poem placing a pop culture icon in a mundane, domestic situation — 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.)

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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47 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL/ July 30 ”

  1. Rachel on July 30, 2010 at 12:06 am

    For my poem this week I ended up switching “pop culture icon” with “my grandmother.”

    Soon After Turning Thirty, I Dream That My Grandmother and I Ride Bicycles

  2. Peter on July 30, 2010 at 12:07 am

    ode to little rock

  3. Rallentanda on July 30, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Three famous artists meet up at my place.
    ‘Three Little Males Play Boules’

  4. Elizabeth on July 30, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Not to prompt, was following a different call

    8pm Cat

    Elizabeth C.

  5. Tumblewords on July 30, 2010 at 12:10 am

    You don’t know jack? :)

    24 Jack

    • Tilly Bud on July 30, 2010 at 4:00 am

      I couldn’t leave a comment on your blog. I think your poem is brilliant. I love how you capture the essence of the show in a mundane activity.

  6. Stan Ski on July 30, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Here’s mine: WORK SONG

  7. angie on July 30, 2010 at 12:25 am

    “I spent a little time on the mountain” —

  8. Mary on July 30, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I had fun with this one!

  9. barbara on July 30, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Ninety percent of this game is half-Yogi. the old woman, the Yogi

    • barbara on July 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      I thought about this a little more, and came up with martha’s much-needed rest

  10. vivienne blake on July 30, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I’ve taken the prompt absolutely literally with a Villanelle:

  11. Tilly Bud on July 30, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Florence Nightingale with a bit of Christina Aguilera:

  12. Rinkly Rimes on July 30, 2010 at 2:40 am

    I didn’t quite keep to the rules! Your meme arrived just as there was an icon I wanted to commemorate so that’s what I’ve done!

  13. vivienne blake on July 30, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I wanted to comment on your lovely prose poem, but couldn’t find out how. Have you changed the rules?

    This is a complex ‘view’ of life which I very much enjoyed. My favourite line: “a slow game of tag with wispy clouds of spring afternoon.”

    • Elizabeth on July 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

      Viv, if you click on the word comments before the post, the comment section should come up. And thanks for the comment here and the reading,


  14. Mallery on July 30, 2010 at 3:39 am

  15. Dick on July 30, 2010 at 4:01 am

    A somewhat oblique take on the prompt, I’m afraid:

  16. Linda Watskin on July 30, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I pondered on the ephemeral nature of being a star.

  17. nan on July 30, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Here is dot rothschild’s diary – july 30, 1935.

  18. Joseph Harker on July 30, 2010 at 6:27 am

    A perhaps not-quite-to-prompt idea of Rumi Takes a Holiday

  19. mark on July 30, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I wrote, polished, rewrote, polished, rewrote….then posted.

    The Lizard King is the result….and thanks for reading.

  20. Rachel Barenblat on July 30, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I didn’t write to the prompt, per se, but here’s this week’s poem:

    These are a few

  21. Weasel on July 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

    This person is still an icon to some people, and has just released a new album, getting some much needed attention. Mine is on the former Kiss guitarist, Ace Frehley.


  22. Big Tent Poetry (7/30/10) - The Lizard King | The Notebook on July 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

    [...] I leave it to you to deter­mine how suc­cess­ful I was with this weeks prompt or not.  In the mean­time, you can see how oth­ers responded by look­ing here.  [...]

  23. Cynthia Short on July 30, 2010 at 7:46 am

    What an interesting topic to write about! You’ll find my “Hero” here:

  24. brenda w on July 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

    In my piece, my daughter’s favorite actress has dinner at our house. :)

  25. Donald Harbour on July 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I just couldn’t find any icons that impressed me enough to write about them. So I chose to pen verse about a birthday on the downhill side of life. I know it’s not the most desired subject but hey, we all get there sooner than we want. Cheers!

    You know he is watching

    P.S.: Heat index 108 deg F. here today, bring your wienies and buns, we’ll roast them together.

  26. Marian Veverka on July 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

    The poem on
    is not true – purely make-believe

  27. pamela on July 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I tried to follow the prompt
    but my muse had something else in mind.


  28. Shayla on July 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I did it a little backwards — I took a pop icon known for being domestic, and put her in a more risque situation.

    Martha Stewart’s one night stand

  29. Francis Scudellari on July 30, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Here’s mine:
    Lessons in allocentrism

  30. rob kistner on July 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Jill has presented a fascinating prompt, but my muse is being most stubborn this past few days — but I am cajoling, and may resort to bribes…


    • rob kistner on July 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      …a whimsical re-imagining of a rock star: Elton The Elf

  31. Kat on July 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    A little new to this, so hope I did this right. I sort of went off on a tangent with this prompt, but here it is. Had fun writing it….

    Moses’ Omission

    Somewhere between monotheism and envy,
    God forgot to tell Moses what to do with breasts.
    Thus the implied eleventh commandment,
    Thou shall not breastfeed in public.
    Better safe than sorry.

    Awkward as my ignorance:
    a part of my body I once thought was useless adornment,
    now as essential as breath,
    part of the daily rhythm of hunger and fullness.
    It is no coincidence they are two,
    one on each side of my heart,
    I think,
    as I inhale into my son’s eager tugging lips,
    exhale and wait for the warmth and tingle of milk,
    his face relaxing with contentment.

    Or perhaps Moses, raised on camel’s milk,
    forgot to ask the burning bush
    whether we should fear breasts.

    God the Father, the son, and the Holy ghost,
    and God the mother,
    who we never hear about
    because she is hiding in a closet while she feeds her son.

  32. Lindsey on July 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    This week I had a lot of trouble with the prompt. Instead, I wrote about someone who is mundane but wants to act like she is a celebrity.

  33. Lindsey on July 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    The link would be helpful.

  34. Ruth on July 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    In my volunteering I come across a lot of old folk, especially women. In many ways they are my heroes and so I wrote this poem in tribute to them, and to my own beloved grandmother, who died relatively young.


  35. Elizabeth on July 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    A bit later than usual today as I’ve been apartment-hunting (keep your fingers crossed; I’ve just applied for the *perfect* postgrad pad) and then stuffing envelopes with the new issue of Irish Pages. Anyway, the icon I chose wasn’t a real person:

    How The Doll Learned What She Was For

  36. Philip Thrift on July 30, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    A Supermarket in Pittsburg, California

    (It’s about Brad Pitt.)

  37. Cara Holman on July 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Stand aside, Barbie. Here’s…

    Tammy’s Lament

  38. twitches on July 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Written while reading Walt Whitman at Starbucks:

    O Starbucks!

    My Internet connection is dodgy right now, but I promise to get to everyone’s poetry at some point over the weekend! It’s hit or miss as to when I get the opportunity right now.

  39. wayne on July 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    mine is for prompt HERO….busy week so I have used poem from last April

  40. Susan B on July 31, 2010 at 11:15 am

    First time doing any internet prompts, but my friend has so musch fun doing them I thought I’d try. Not exactly to the prompt, but…

    • Deb on August 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Susan, and welcome to the Big Tent. Sorry your post got stuck in the spam filter. :(

  41. gautami tripathy on August 1, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I am late!

  42. Deb on August 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m late, too. And empty-handed. I snuck out of town for a get away with my husband. :-) Glad to see you all here!


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