COME ONE, COME ALL / February 25
by Carolee, Deb & Jill
It’s show time! It’s time to post your original poem, written in response to Monday’s prompt — holiday celebration, or an anti-celebration — 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.
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This prompt seemed impossible at first. But then I ended up inventing a holiday. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating All My Gizmos Are Working Day on March 2nd.
I enjoyed writing this:
Celebrating a workless life!
A feeble attempt: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/holidays-and-festivals/
I have written about a saint from Ireland.
Thanks for the prompt.
An excellent prompt. This one’s a celebration of the decidedly profane, I’m afraid.
here is my try: hope I managed it :D
coming in from my Blogspot blog:
I decided to mix it up with inside-out day. It might not be what you think it is.
Animal lovers unite: It’s National Hoary Marmot Day!
I wrote a letter to liminal places:
Sometimes days that should be celebrated are too painful…
Celebrations can be found at
You don’t need a holiday to have a celebration!
This is all I could write the whole week: A poem on the roof
Hope you enjoy it. =*
I like the holiday that finally showed up. The poem… not so much.
I didn’t get a poem out this week…not even one! Instead I started a page on my blog to record my planning for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (I’m a first grade teacher.) So, no poem, but I’m with you guys in spirit on the whole unique holiday thing. Dr. Seuss’ bday, in case someone doesn’t know is March 2! Long Live Dr. Seuss! And wish me luck on the unit I’m creating specifically designed to help the struggling readers!
Can’t wait to read all of your poems this weekend!
Good luck! What a fun project.
Can you delete my FIRST post made today? I accidentally put the wrong URL in it. OR tell ME how to delete and I will happily do it? Thanks.
Done! (We don’t have an edit plug-in installed for comments. But might try to add one some time!)
You rock, Jeanne. Can I be your student?
PS I would love to be YOUR student! One of these days I’m gonna show up in one of your classes!
It looks like you and your students will have fun with Dr. Seuss! Enjoy!
It almost happened this morning: First Thunder
Forgive the crudeness!
A little President’s Day ditty.
WHAT I FOUND AT THE BUS STOP
WHEN THE SNOWBANKS MELTED
a lottery ticket
a Bic lighter
another purple coat
someone else’s fate
peace in our time
a poem to appear in Best American Poetry 2010
someone who loves me
an Earth that breathes free
a language we can all understand
i am on a mission to eradicate all other purple coats from the world. dispose of it for me? it’s really hard to be special when everyone has a purple coat. :)
Sure, why not — all that trash was swept up by the street-cleaners the next morning anyways.
But I suspect that you would be “special” in a mundane white ski jacket, etc. Anybody can buy a purple coat.
Can you give me directions to this bus stop?
I enjoyed how this transistioned from the mundane to the more ephemeral. Good one.
Holidays – have we got holidays for you!!!
Once Upon a Time Perfect Penmanship Mattered
(in honor of National Penmanship Day, January 23rd)
Pondered this all week. Love what emerged. Thank you!
Here’s mine http://word-painting.blogspot.com/2011/02/after-winter.html
I will be back to comment. Gotta go celebrate today, first.
No title but celebrating the start of the new notebook:
For a person who celebrates every single laugh, this prompt proved to be difficult. :)
I got all sappy with this one…sorry.
Oh, so glad to be back here. Here is my poem for the prompt: http://umaathreya.blogsome.com/2011/02/26/savitri/
Only 3 more days of NaHaiWriMo…
three holiday haiku
Wish there were a day set aside…
My inspiration is
This was a great prompt. I look forward to reading everyone’s takes on it today!
An off week for me, so wasn’t in the mood for holiday feelings. Did do some revising instead, so I’m posting a new poem instead.
i’m off prompt this week (which has been a wild ride), but i’ll stop back by and read some tomorrow.
good night, circus-goers!
here is mine…also for Writers Island
I am back after fighting with bronchitis for several weeks…
This is areal holiday but a very exclusive one… http://almerimarlife.com/forum/topic/1158/dia-de-docente-a-poem-by-iain-douglas-kemp/
Nice to have you back, and thank you for your poem, your shared day.
Here is my February celebration of the salmon return in the Pacific Northwest:
Celebrating more snow… http://strummedwords.blogspot.com/
At last a new poem! “Feast Day for the Daughter”
I shall be by to read you!
Better late than never, no?
Thought you all should know that today is Ordinary Day.
Woot! An ordinary day!