August 9, 2010

This week’s prompt, by guest maestro Cynthia Short

Many of us live lives acquiring — or attempting to divest ourselves of — possessions. From the cars we drive, and the antique bowls our grandmas gave us, to the house we once loved but now need to sell … often possessions help define our lives.

This week’s prompt is to think of something you possess. What are your feelings about this possession? Do you possess it, or does it possess you?

Some of the things I possess, but that haven’t yet made it on the page as a poem include: a scar, my mother’s laugh, and old suitcase that I traveled with extensively. Mementos of an important part of my life, an old photo of relatives that died before I was born, a horrible gift that I must display because I love the person who gave it to me … you get the idea: most any thing in our physical worlds are possessions that might just have an impact on our lives.

About our guest maestro

Every once in a while we’ll be sharing prompts offered by some of you, our circus-goers. (Thanks for your generosity!)

This week’s prompt is from Cynthia Short, who blogs at A Piece of Mind. Cynthia grew up in the small Arizona town she still calls home. Wife, mother and now grandmother, she spends her time running her own business and enjoying the desert around her. Writing poetry is one way she feeds her incessant need for creativity, enables her to use her wild imagination and keeps herself sane!

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13 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT/ August 9 ”

  1. Kristie on August 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I have written a poem I would like to share. This is my first time on this website so please feel free to have a look around my blog. I hope you enjoy. Thanks, Kristie

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

      Hi Kristie. We link poems starting Fridays and go through the weekend. Take a look at the tabs under our header to learn more.

      • Kristie on August 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

        Deb, Thank you so much. I just realized that. I will link it this Friday if that is alright. I love this site!! So happy I found you. Thanks, Kristie

        • Deb on August 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

          Oh, yes, please do. And welcome to the Big Tent!

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  8. Rinkly Rimes on August 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Hope this brings a tear to your eye!

  9. Herb Alyette on August 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I possess rationalism.

    • Deb on August 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

      Hi Herb. Welcome to the Tent. We post our poems in the “Come One, Come All” post following the prompt.

      You should probably read our About, How To Join the Circus, and Ring #1 tabs for more information about how the site works. We’re glad to have to join in the poetry!