April 15, 2011
By Big Tent Poetry

by Carolee, Deb & Jill

It’s show time! It’s time to post your original poem, written in response to one of Monday’s prompts — which one did you do? — 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.

Here’s how prompts work under the Big Tent

You’ve got all week to write your poem, based on this week’s prompt. Come Fridays (today!) you’ll find a “Come One, Come All” post (this one!) where you can 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

We want to give you 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

Hint: We’ve set Big Tent Poetry to Central Time.

Hint: An easy way to check on new post comments is via a RSS reader, if you use one. Here’s the address you would add to your reader:

Hint: If you are new to our site, or put more than one link in your comment, your comment(s) will be held for moderation for your first few posts. We’re checking the filters often, so don’t despair! That said, if it takes more than a half a day to see it come live on the site, do email us at info (at) (But be patient, okay?)

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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65 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL / April 15 ”

  1. pamela on April 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Legend says prompt, thanks for the prompts,

  2. Mr. Walker on April 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I’m a little behind schedule. This one is from last week’s group of prompts, about a broken window:

  3. Stan Ski on April 15, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Day 15:

  4. Sarah Thomasin on April 15, 2011 at 2:10 am

    is this thing on? testing, testing, my post keeps vanishing…

    • Sarah Thomasin on April 15, 2011 at 2:12 am

      Huh, when I post a message with links to my poems, it doesn’t show up on the site. That’s weird. Oh well, click on my name to see my poems!

      • vivienne blake on April 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

        Sarah, if this is your first time on Bigtent, you are probably in moderation. Carolee et al are really quick about sorting that out, so don’t worry. I have already admired your sestina.
        BTW if you repeat posts, it classifies them as spam!

        • Sarah Thomasin on April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

          Hmmm. But why would it let me through without links but not with links? I posted last week and got a message saying my post was awaiting moderation. This time they just vanished.

          • Deb on April 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

            I don’t have a clue. So weird!

            But I hope folks will go read a sestina or two. You’re at Day 33 in your run for a 100? Yowza.

        • Deb on April 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

          Thanks for the encouragement, Viv. Sarah is not in the spam filter. Something weird is going on, but it isn’t manageable on our end. Your friend, Et. Al. :-)

  5. Madeleine Begun Kane on April 15, 2011 at 2:15 am

    My muse made me write about tax return procrastination: Tax Time, Already?

  6. Rinkly Rimes on April 15, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I was reminded of an old legend.

  7. gautami tripathy on April 15, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Here is mine:


  8. nan on April 15, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Great prompts this week. I wrote a poem that starts with, “It’s not true that . . . ”

    what isn’t true

  9. Joseph Harker on April 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Crazy busy this week, have four pretty simple ones so far, will do the other three as time allows this weekend:

    Club house rules: Initiation
    Nature ode: Honeysuckle
    It’s not true that: What the Birther Said
    Drunkenness: Four drunk haiku

  10. Nimue on April 15, 2011 at 5:22 am

    here I am.

  11. Eclipse on April 15, 2011 at 5:26 am

    …about one sweet drunkeness :)

  12. thingy on April 15, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I didn’t think I could this on off, or, out, but, there ya go.

    • thingy on April 15, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Okay, even I can’t comprehend my message. (BC-before coffee) I think the word ‘pull’ and ‘one’ are missing. Ugh. Happy Friday.

      • Laurie Kolp on April 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        lol~ Sounds like me…

      • Jeanne Aguilar on April 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        BC can be a difficult time for many of us…including me! LOL!

  13. Rachel Barenblat on April 15, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I wrote an ode to an inanimate object:

    Ode to my tefillin

  14. Linda Watskin on April 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Here’s mine—

  15. Jeanne Aguilar on April 15, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Here’s a few little ones for this week…

  16. Rhiannon on April 15, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I liked prompt 7.

  17. Lee Pursewarden on April 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    It just seemed so natural:

  18. Brenda on April 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I’ve written a poem about dance. During the last week I videotaped some dancing against a canvas backdrop that I sewed and hung over bookcases in my tiny apartment. Then spent days editing it, a deeply creative process, through five full versions. Now I’ve written a prose poem on dance to accompany the video.

    The Big Tent Circus is such a vibrant, warm, talented community. I’d love it if someone could come by…

    Thanks! dance …indigo folio leaves

  19. Versebender on April 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Went with the drunkedness thing.

  20. Mike Patrick on April 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Gotta love the club house.

  21. Laurie Kolp on April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for all your support. I REALLY appreciate all of you! Here’s mine for today:

  22. Kim Nelson on April 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

    here we go…

  23. Colin Malone on April 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I decided to write about an inanimate object that (thought I had to criticize another in the process)

    • Deb on April 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Colin. Welcome to the Tent.

  24. Marian Veverka on April 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I did one. “Playing with Fire” is on my blog.

  25. Danny Earl Simmons on April 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

  26. barbara on April 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Still working my way through them. Good challenges

  27. Liz M on April 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Hi, I’m new to Big Tent. I’m doing NaPo this year but I only used one prompt this week, the poem is here:

    Don’t think it’s my best work, but it filled my quota – and in the nick of time, too.

    • Deb on April 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Liz. Welcome to the crazy Tent!

      • Liz M on April 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Thank you! I’ll try to stick around after NaPo is over – after this, writing a poem a week will seem like cake (well, for the first month it will, at least…)

  28. Nicole on April 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Here is my Ode.

  29. Cathy on April 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Lol I just realize I revised the wrong prompt poem this week. I did last week one instead of this week. Oh well.

    I have two poems this week. Couldn’t decide which one to post.

    • Deb on April 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Hey! You’re writing! And I envy the revision process already. I’m barely writing a poem a day. :-)

      • Cathy on April 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        Ah it’s nice to be out of a dry spell. As for revising, I’m so far behind.I probably have over 50 poems waiting for to revise.

  30. Ruth on April 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for being here! My poem’s at

  31. angie on April 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I did a five-minute “small” —

    thanks for the prompts!!

  32. Deb on April 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This is my day 13 poem: The Effective Use of ALL CAPS.

    (Not a BTP prompt.)

    (Disclaimer: The poemer hasn’t been cranking out too interesting of stuff this week, but it is at least still cranking. For that I am grateful.)

  33. angie on April 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    and this one is “a prized object” (and mirror-poem) —

  34. Donna Vorreyer on April 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Third in a series of poems that came from the prompt about pulling something out of your mouth…

  35. Dick Jones on April 16, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Great prompts. I’ve gone for the nature one.

  36. irene on April 16, 2011 at 3:48 am

    The one about ode to a thing in nature (and small).


  37. Agnija Bharathi on April 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

    It’s already the weekend and I am just getting started now!
    Here is my ode to something in nature: Monsoon Rains —

  38. Uma Gowrishankar on April 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Loved all the prompts, but wrote a poem that begins with ‘It’s not true that …”
    Here’s the link:

  39. Erin on April 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I started a bit late, but have been doing a poem a day all week. Here’s one in response to your “It’s not true that…” prompt

  40. Kristen McHenry on April 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Inspired by the prompt, “Write a poem in which you pull a small object (toy? animal?) out of your mouth.”

  41. Kelly E. on April 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I used prompt #3 and started a poem with “It’s not true that___”

  42. Joseph Harker on April 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Two more!

    Being small: Head of a Pin
    Ode to a prized object: I’m Not One for Souvenirs, But

  43. Rachel Bunting on April 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    This is my first time playing along with the Big Tent prompts; I loved it! My poem is posted at another poetry forum, so I’m posting the text here. This is in response to the “pull a tiny object from your mouth” prompt.

    Note to the picture of my mother that I pulled out of my mouth this morning

    You confound me every day. You are not who you look like.
    You are not you. Look at your small eyes and lips. Look at
    your cheeks, apple-like. You hate apples. You eat them.
    What were you doing in there with all those teeth, that
    tongue? You have never liked small dark places: the crawl
    space. the attic. the outhouse. You made my father go there
    with you. Made him climb inside. But you could not both fit
    in my mouth and now it’s you with your hair all wet. Oh how
    you hate to be humid. Did you hide between the teeth?
    Along the long ridge of gum? My mouth is sore and tired
    and full of paper cuts. Your sharp edges. Yes, you confound
    me. Every day, you are not who you appear to be. I pull you
    again and again from my mouth. Somehow you always return
    and oh how we hate for you to be in there.

    • Deb on April 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Glad you enjoyed, Rachel. Welcome.

    • Kelly E. on April 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Wow – so much emotion and history here. Awesome.

    • Deb on April 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Wow. Love how the title is a diving board with lots of bounce. All those details, rich & evocative.

  44. irene on April 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Ode to prized object.

    a joy forever

  45. Joseph Harker on April 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Last one! For the prompt of taking something small from the mouth: Sanginni

    Can’t wait to see what next week holds…!

  46. Jason Riedy on April 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Today’s little haiku-like thing is about a few things I love in nature, but it’s not quite an ode:

    a constellation
    sifting down through storm-flashed clouds
    keeps its cold distance

    (Also at , along with a bit on spark plugs, tiles, and a gorgeous old theater.)

  47. Ron. on April 18, 2011 at 4:28 am

    You know what they say at Scrambled, Not Fried

  48. Sam on April 18, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Mine for this week:

    A Song for the Infinitude

  49. haiku love songs on April 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    oops! i posted my poem last Wednesday and then forgot to come over here to comment. sorry.


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