August 27, 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 — a “hands-on” activity and whatever it inspired — 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.)

What did you write? Please leave a link to your blog post, or leave your poem itself, in the comments!

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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57 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL/ August 27 ”

  1. rob kistner on August 27, 2010 at 12:02 am

    True Work

    • rob kistner on August 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

      …a short story of intrigue respectfully submitted for your consideration: The Box

  2. Tiel Aisha Ansari on August 27, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Well, I spent all last weekend nailing shingles onto a shed roof. And that inspired the Nail Song.

  3. Rachel on August 27, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Went pretty literal this week, for a change!

    What Touches Me

  4. Elizabeth on August 27, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Held Loosely


  5. barbara on August 27, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Well, I didn’t apply my manual experience to a kiss or a dance. I just played.
    Bejeweled as a poem for iPad

    • vivienne blake on August 27, 2010 at 2:44 am

      Wanted to comment, but short of time. This poem completely wowed me. I loved everything about it, the images, the layout, the WORDS, and the meaning. Hooray for Barbara.

  6. Francis Scudelari on August 27, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Nostalgia for the days of a free-flowing pen:
    The degradation (and uplift) of advancing technology

  7. vivienne blake on August 27, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Here’s mine:
    fingers crossed that the link works!

    • Elizabeth on August 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

      The link works perfectly, Viv

  8. Mary on August 27, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Here is my poem:

  9. Diane T on August 27, 2010 at 2:59 am

    My Poem is

  10. gautami tripathy on August 27, 2010 at 3:02 am

    I truly enjoyed writing this:

  11. Rallentanda on August 27, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Here t’is

    ‘The Toreador Song’

  12. Dick on August 27, 2010 at 3:35 am

    And here ’tis from me too – a sacred place:

  13. Uma on August 27, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Here is my poem :

  14. derrick2 on August 27, 2010 at 4:23 am

    This is mine:

  15. irene on August 27, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Here’s my attempt at writing about


  16. Stan Ski on August 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Here’s mine: MANUAL TASK

  17. nan on August 27, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Here is my poem: in the instant of the

  18. Rachel Barenblat on August 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

    This was a fun prompt! Here’s my response:


  19. Leo on August 27, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Here is mine : Contours

  20. Cynthia Short on August 27, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Carolee gave us such an imaginative prompt this week, it actually managed to jar my brain out of it’s well worn track and into something a bit new! Thanks…
    you will find my piece here: The Seamstress

    • Cynthia Short on August 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

      Dang it! I can’t get my dealeo to work.. here is the link:

  21. Linda Watskin on August 27, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Here’s mine—

  22. pamela on August 27, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Great prompt! Thanks Carolee

  23. Uma Gowrishankar on August 27, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I left my link, but it has disappeared and I am not able to leave the link again. Help please…

    • Deb on August 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

      That link was in the spam filter for some reason. It’s up there (pointing up) according to the time you left it.

  24. twitches on August 27, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I am stepping out this morning to spend the day with Mom, but will get to reading this evening when I return!

    Here’s mine:


  25. Weasel on August 27, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Mine can be found here:

    -Weasel =)

  26. Deb on August 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Wow! What a crowd!

    Carolee has hurt her back & may not be around for awhile (good drugs to help the pain) … but I’ll be checking spam filter through the day(s).

    I didn’t get anything written yet — been a long week at work with too many hours & not enough time for poetry. (Boo.)

    • Tumblewords on August 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      Deb, your poem on Right Hand Pointing is terrific – a nice surprise for me when I checked the issue…
      Sorry, Carolee. Darn.

    • barbara on August 28, 2010 at 9:27 am

      Peace to Carolee. Rotten to mess up the back

  27. EKSwitaj on August 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

    This prompt was perfect for me because I’ve been volunteering with a group setting up a community garden. The sort of manual labor involved is so different from what I usually do that I’ve naturally had to pay more attention to motion than I do on an ordinary day.

    What I’ve discovered is that Having a Hammer Isn’t Enough.

  28. Nathan Landau on August 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Still on a train kick, but it just so happens to be about hands. Sortof.

    Lounge Car: Charlie

  29. Marian Veverka on August 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Removing Fox tail grass from the garden

    It is important to grasp the whole clump at once, make sure all the stems are gathered together. If the ground is dry,,it will pull out easily. Shake the lose balls of dirt from the roots of the clump. Then toss the pulled weeds into the compost basket.

    As weeds go, it is rather attractive.
    Long stems bear a fuzzy seed-head
    that resembles the tail of a fox.
    It is a member of the grass family,
    corn lawn grass, wheat, most grains that we eat.
    It is also a tough family.
    It endures extremes of temperature, high and low,
    though too much or not enough moisture can gradually kill .

    There is more to gardening than just pulling weeds.
    Look at the vegetables? Most green and healthy
    But some grown limp and yellow. The will die
    Before their time. The gardener feels a sense of
    Responsibility to his garden. No one wants to see
    Their loved ones curled up and dead. Even if they
    Are just vegetables.

    It is a way of life. So many gardeners would like to
    Make this their only way of life, truly support them
    Selves and their families by the sweat of their brow.
    So they do the next best thing. They garden as though
    Their lives depended on it and who can say what the
    Future will bring, when the art of cultivating plants
    For food is the most important skill of all.

    • rob kistner on August 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      This was well written Marian, and interesting — ironically, my wife plants and grows foxtails in our walking garden, along with many other ornamental grasses, such as Purple Fountain Grass, Golden Sedge Grass, and Elijah Blue Fescue. One person’s poison is another person’s pride…

    • Marian Veverka on August 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Still trying to figure out how this version of the poem got posted – it’s not tdhe final version & it isn’t even complete. Also, why did it get posted here instead of my blog?

      Maybe I am getting a little too old for the age of computers & just go back to knitting.


  30. angie on August 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

    mine is “broken” —

  31. Joseph Harker on August 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Entirely dissatisfied with this one :P
    Words per Minute

  32. Tumblewords on August 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Here’s mine and thanks!

    Breaking Down

  33. RevAllyson on August 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Here’s my poem, Hands:

  34. noiseless patient spider on August 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    here’s mine..

    farewell wears a quiet smile

    • Deb on August 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Noiseless. Welcome to the Tent.

  35. James on August 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Here’s mine: Flip.

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  37. Pam on August 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Here is the one I came up with:


  38. Ruth on August 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Looks like I’m gonna get in just under the wire… not an easy prompt, I had to wash dishes – but then, I love washing dishes :)

  39. Christine on August 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’m in!

  40. Tilly Bud on August 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Looks like I’m not the only one to write about hands.

    • amanda on August 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      mine is up here

      • Deb on August 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm

        Welcome to the Tent, Amanda. (Your first comment is moderated. Hopefully you will now get through the spam filter. :-) But sometimes it gets funny when extra comments are posted.)

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  42. wayne on August 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    here is mine

  43. Marian Veverka on August 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I found the completed version of mu “Fox Tail Grass” poem
    Fox Tail Grass

    Like many weeds, it starts out cute
    Tiny green blades spreading on the ground
    A touch of green, another sign of spring
    We watch the garden come to life again.

    In our celebration of the season any green
    Thing is welcome – this winter has been hard
    Ice and snow that buried the ground for days
    We cheered the survivors, joyful at their return.

    The warming sun, the gentle rains the small
    Bulbs sent their blooming stalks skyward
    Buds appeared, flowers opened and all the while
    Lurking behind the flowering clumps, it kept its
    Profile low.

    After the spring flowers have finished their
    Display, the bright green clumps look like
    They are ready to put out blossoms. If we
    Don’t know what they are, we will wait and see.

    August and the ground is dry. The clumps have
    Flourished and their fuzzy tipped stems now
    Add some color to the border. The lack of rain
    Doesn’t seem to bother them, they grow taller

    And taller and their stems with their fuzzy tails
    Taper gracefully over the wilting daisies and
    Phlox – which have stopped blooming. Fall
    Brings welcome rain and the clumps are revealed.

    Fox tail grass, a weed eager to spread wherever
    It can gain a root-hold and all those seeds
    Falling from those lovely arching stems will be
    Sure to send up another crop next year.

    And during the winter, the birds will feast
    On its seeds.

    Today I started to clean my desk, & I found the poem only I had changed the title.

  44. Jeeves on August 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

  45. winedarksea on August 30, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Here is the correct link: #27


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