MONDAY PROMPT / February 28

February 28, 2011

This week’s prompt

I spent a lot of time recently in close quarters on planes and in terminals and at gates. Stranded at Chicago O’Hare, I couldn’t resist entertaining myself in odd and socially-unacceptable ways. One of them was reading over the shoulder of the person next to me. Here is a Wordle with words snatched from the novel the woman sitting to my right was reading.

I also pilfered three phrases: “Say more,” “There is also the matter of ____” and “He started by _____.” Feeling up to an additional challenge? Use the Wordle words and one of the phrases. A bonus week. A double dare, if you will.

Pick any number of words (yes, from one to all, and combine them with one of the phrases, or not!) and write yourself a poem! Come back starting Friday and through the weekend to post your poems!

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.

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2 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT / February 28 ”

  1. Leo on February 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    oh I love your wordle prompts best, Carolee and co. Always I do it. I’ll be there on Friday itself with my take! Cheers…

  2. Victoria-liv2write2day on February 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    This makes me wonder about the genre of the book! Romance? Mystery? Woman’s lit? Hmmm. Lets see where this takes us.