MONDAY PROMPT / December 20

December 20, 2010
By Big Tent Poetry

This week’s prompt

Oh, how we love Wordles! Anytime of year, but especially in December when there are just so many (too many!) expectations drifting about. Use as many of these words as you want to in a poem; we’re keeping things especially low key this week!

Come back starting Friday and through the weekend to post your poems!

(And don’t worry about which famous poem is the source of these words. They simply jumped out at us as we read a novel.)

How prompts work under the Big Tent

We post prompts on Mondays, and you have all week to write your poems, based on our fabulous prompt or any other inspiration. Come back on Friday when you will find a “Come One, Come All” post where you can use the comments section to 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

You’ll have all day Friday (and all weekend!) to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.

Some hints

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Circus etiquette

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.

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.


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7 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT / December 20 ”

  1. Julie Jordan Scott on December 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I had a worry there wouldn’t be a prompt this week! So grateful to know there IS one, indeed.

    I think I’ll go for something outside my ordinary but I never know where Wordles will take me!

    • Deb on December 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      :)happy holidays! and we have one next monday, too.

      • Leo on December 24, 2010 at 1:53 am

        another Wordle on Monday? wow.. great! :D

  2. Rallentanda on December 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    John Mortimer’s words jumped out at me from the page I was reading and your chosen words for the wordle immediately came to mind

    ‘ These words were like challenges thrown out in the darkness in the hope they would start a tournament ,or like clay pigeons shot up into the sky for anyone to pot at.’

    • Deb on December 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      love the quote, Rall! :)

  3. Rinkly Rimes on December 24, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Not easy but I had a go…..

  4. Deb on December 24, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Oh. No. But a prompt!


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