March 14, 2011
By Carolee

This week’s prompt

I may have mentioned once or twice (or 500 times!) that I was stranded in Chicago last month. A 2-hour layover turned into an overnight stay. Fortunately, I used the time to write up some prompts for Big Tent Poetry. (I also did a fair amount of whining and fretting, which I know surprises you.)

For this week’s Carolee-is-talking-AGAIN-about-being-stranded-in-the-airport prompt, write a poem about being stuck somewhere. You may remember a time when you, too, were a my-flight’s-been-canceled zombie. Where do you need to go? Where are you coming from? What will you do with all of your newly-found “free” time?

Never been physically stuck at an airport? Imagine being trapped in an elevator or with a flat tire on the side of the road. Imagine yourself anywhere you don’t want to be. Imagine trying to get somewhere else. Oh, the futility! Imagine someone stopping you from getting there. Oh, the madness!

You may also consider writing about being stuck in a metaphoric rut. Maybe you have lost your muse (check the lint trap, next to those lost socks). Maybe you are stuck with old habits. Maybe you are stuck in a relationship (or without one). Wherever you are stuck — in your mind or in the world — write about being there or trying to get out.

Caution: Don’t get so stuck you forget to come back starting Friday and bring us 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

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4 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT / March 14 ”

  1. Kim Nelson on March 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I LOVE this already. Being stuck… so many possibilities!

  2. Julie Jordan Scott on March 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I remember being stuck on the South Dakota prairie with my children after our car broke down, thousands of miles from home. I remember being scared, sad, alone and yet all I needed was right there. Time to write it from a distant perspective now.

  3. thingy on March 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    This will be fun. You were trying to get out of Chicago and I was trying to get in. Can’t wait until Friday. : )

  4. rant | lost in translation on March 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    [...] notes: Carolee of Big Tent Poetry wants us to write about being stuck in an airport, or stuck inside anything, if you’re not [...]


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