POETRY GONG / “New to you” Day 5

October 17, 2010

It’s Day 5, and you’re doing great! Now’s the time we really need to cheer each other along. If you’re still writing for the gong, post your fifth poem here. If you faltered, feel free to catch up! Think we’re all crazy? No matter where you find yourself, jump into the comments section and cheer for your fellow poets.

What is this all about?

Some of us under the Big Tent are writing a poem-a-day for seven days on the theme “new to you” (click here to see what this is all about). If this challenge isn’t something that interests you and you’d just like to stick to the weekly prompts, that’s perfectly OK. We are hosting our weekly prompts alongside these gongs, so feel free to ignore this madness, and please hold your weekly prompt responses for our Friday gatherings.


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22 Responses to “ POETRY GONG / “New to you” Day 5 ”

  1. Joseph Harker on October 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Two more to go…!
    Leading Home the Dead

  2. Walt56 on October 17, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Thoughts brought to bare, from this connection of poet and his muse. Triggered by a work by Mark van Doren, “Farewell and Thanksgiving”.


  3. S.E.Ingraham on October 17, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Big Tents new-to-you Gong Day 5 – again from rob mclennan’s wild horses, this time from the poem,
    “map of Edmonton (rossdale flats, part 3) – a couple of lines: “the black dog burns & then howls a fingernail moon”

    Lock Down on the Psych Ward

    It has been too calm and quiet
    An overcast sky gives way
    To black punched through
    With sequin-sparkly rips arranged
    Like constellations if you
    Squint hard through the wire
    Netting on the windows

    There’s a ripple through the place
    And a bit of a scorched scent wafts
    And now, the black dog burns
    Then howls a fingernail moon up
    High, and the silence breaks loud
    With the moaning of lunatics
    Caged inside buildings, and heads

    • vivienne blake on October 17, 2010 at 7:26 am

      But it carries on from the last one – I think that Gonging is producing a great collection for you. I loved the idea of a fingernail moon.

  4. S.E.Ingraham on October 17, 2010 at 1:06 am

    oops -that was supposed to be a link not a post – at least it’s a shorter one …

  5. tamra at laughingdove on October 17, 2010 at 4:36 am

    The Thing Is

  6. vivienne blake on October 17, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Here’s a lumpy, clumpy first draft of a story poem: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/plage-for-bigtent-gong-5/

  7. Plage for Bigtent gong 5 « Vivinfrance's Blog on October 17, 2010 at 5:17 am

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  8. irene on October 17, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Day five.

    just when she thought…

  9. Rachel on October 17, 2010 at 6:12 am

    This is getting harder, y’all.

    Morning, Reassembling

  10. barbara on October 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Killing three birds with one pome, and using a
    Flattop Questionaire (which is for sure and certain only a provisional title)

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  12. Uma Gowrishankar on October 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Here’s the poem for Day 5 : http://umaathreya.blogsome.com/2010/10/17/the-poem-that-took-the-place-of-death/

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  15. carolee on October 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    look at all of you!

    here’s my day 5:


    two more to go!!!!!

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  18. Pam on October 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Here is a poem based on a line by the poet, Betty Adcock from her book, “The Difficult Wheel”:

    The Light of October

  19. Cara Holman on October 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    And the renga continues… add to it in the comments section!

    “An autumn renga”: http://caraholman.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/add-to-this-renga-2/

  20. Julie Jordan Scott on October 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Ahhh, Day 5. Late in posting AGAIN.


    Off I go to Day 6.

  21. ms pie on October 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    gonged again late…. tho i am having fun…. day 5 late