April 29, 2011

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

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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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56 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL / April 29 ”

  1. Joseph Harker on April 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Five for now, two to come:

    For the mason jars: Comfort Food
    A bad idea: Daredevil
    Kidnapping: Monster of the Week
    At the center: An Evening at the LGBT Center
    Floating: Padmāsana (Lotus Pose)

    • Deb on April 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

      You get the animal “bring IT on” poem-a-day award. Yowza, Joseph!

      • Joseph Harker on April 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

        I balance dedication with the worry that there’s something really important that I’m forgetting to do instead. ;)

  2. Deb on April 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Ok. Here’s one, to prompt (and not the long-a** poem that came from goodness-knows-where-this-late-in-the-month):

    Finding Center

    (I can’t believe the poem-a-dayers only have two more for April. Wow. I don’t know about you, but my peak was abut two weeks ago. :-))

  3. Madeleine Begun Kane on April 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Some people might think it’s a bad idea for my husband and I to dance the way we dance. But we do it anyway with a lot more energy than ability and have a grand old time: A Couple On The Move.

  4. Nimue on April 29, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Attempted two of the ideas [joined in a single post] here :

  5. Elizabeth on April 29, 2011 at 1:10 am

    What’s at center?


  6. Rinkly Rimes on April 29, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Center or centre……mine’s red.

  7. Mr. Walker on April 29, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Staying up way too late on a school night to post a poem: “I am sorry about my fear”

    • Mr. Walker on May 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Okay, I may not be as prolific (or as good a poet) as Joseph Harker, but here’s another one: You know

      • Deb on May 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

        Don’t sell yourself short, Mr. Walker!

  8. pamela on April 29, 2011 at 1:51 am

    A poem about things in mason jars.
    Day 29, thanks for the prompts,

  9. Sarah Thomasin on April 29, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Totally off-prompt this week, because I’m on a Snow White tangent, which I ill complete over the weekend…
    scroll down the blog (link in name} to see words from snow white’s mum, dad, stepmum, the woodcutter and the ‘dwarves’.

  10. Dick Jones on April 29, 2011 at 3:36 am

    What’s at the centre for me.

  11. Mariya Koleva on April 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Well, here are two of those:
    Getting kidnapped:

    Being in the center:

    Almost over now, this beautiful April… Sad.

  12. nan on April 29, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Here is a little poem about floating: dead man’s float.

  13. brenda w on April 29, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I wrote to the mason jar prompt this week. Thanks for being here, and for providins inspiration this month.

    • Deb on April 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

      I couldn’t comment this morning. I was taken with the surreal image, which was sad in a pretty way.

    • Jeanne Aguilar on April 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      I couldn’t comment either. But I enjoyed this. It was whimsical, romantic, and sad all at the same time.

  14. Nicole on April 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Mason Jar Prompt

  15. Versebender on April 29, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Good morning! Juliet had a “bad idea.”

  16. Marian Veverka on April 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

    A poem about (Good) things in Mason jars

  17. Rhiannon on April 29, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I used a couple this week:




  18. Lee Pursewarden on April 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

    A story with links to the past:

  19. Ava on April 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Here is my viewers’ favorite:

  20. annell on April 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

    A fun write.

  21. Jeanne Aguilar on April 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

    The Boogie Man???

  22. Danny Earl Simmons on April 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    This is a minimalist piece called
    Thank God for Dentists

  23. Kim Nelson on April 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

    A plea for attention…

  24. Laurie Kolp on April 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Happy Friday, everyone…

  25. Dan Wilcox on April 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Too many prompts, I had to center on something:

  26. Danny Earl Simmons on April 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Revised version of


  27. barbara on April 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’ve clustered most of them into a single post. The Roundel is, I think, my favorite though. That and the header.

    a week of BTP

    • barbara on April 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

      a week of BTP

  28. Tumblewords on April 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for the prompts and the site!

  29. Rachel Barenblat on April 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I wrote a poem about stuff in mason jars:


  30. rob kistner on April 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Written for day 29 of NAPOWRIMO, this piece is sparked by the devastating power of our planet, as exhibited chillingly in the past couple days throughout the southeast… Unfazed

  31. Sidewalkdiva on April 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Unrelated to each other except by the uniting prompt… diving into the whole ‘poem’ (I take the word VERY lightly) -a-day thing a bit late, & loving the discipline.

    Spiraling In
    Not Finger Soup

    I’m grateful for the prompts, they’ve got me thinking!

  32. Jason Riedy on April 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    So, what did I do this week? I kept repeating one particularly bad idea.

  33. Henry Clemmons on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    My Mason Jar poem is at:

    Thank you for any comments.

    -Henry C.

  34. irene on April 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    The one about a bad idea and wheels coming off.

    On reading Norwegian Wood

  35. Linda on April 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Here’s mine

  36. Donna Vorreyer on April 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Today’s poem is here:

    Mason jar poem here:

    One more to go! Thanks to the Big Tent for helping me complete the 30 poems.

  37. Joseph Harker on April 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    One more about wheels: Ghost Bikes

    Last one tomorrow!

  38. haiku love songs on April 30, 2011 at 12:53 am

    i wrote a poem about what’s at the center ~

    and a poem about floating ~

    thanks for the great prompts all month.

  39. vivienne blake on April 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I did 6 our of 7. There are a couple here:…igtent-1-and-3/

    Sorry I haven’t been able to read/comment on everyone’s poems – I am at my daughter’s in Northumberland on Granny duty all week, and we were out all day yesterday. I really do appreciate the comments of the many visitors to my blog (which was exactly 1 year old on 24.4.)

  40. Joseph Harker on April 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Last one, for the breakfast prompt… attempted a double sestina thing for a bit of hectic fun. Wanted to go out with a bang. :)

    Carnal Knowledge

  41. Liz on April 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I did prompt #1 for my final NaPo poem, looking back at some of my recurrent themes:

    I can’t believe it’s over… I feel a mixture of relief and regret. Mostly relief.

  42. Pam on April 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I went off the prompts this week. Many of you have probably seen the news coverage of the tornado that went through the town I live in on Wednesday, April 27th. Shortly after the storm passed, my husband and I went into town to try to get to our church which he pastors. Covenant Presbyterian is sitting on the edge of devastation. The church was merely clipped by the tornado but we have been left with almost every tree on the property down and the sanctuary badly damaged. The neighborhood across the street which contains an elementary school has been destroyed and is unrecognizable. The tornado continued its pathway out of the church’s immediate area taking out large sections of the town. Hardest hit were areas that were high-density low income residents.

    Walking to the Church

    • Jason Riedy on April 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Best wishes. We count ourselves incredibly lucky that the storms dissolved before reaching our home near Atlanta. And somehow those personally close in NW Georgia and SW Virginia were spared. So many were not so lucky. I’m hearing horrible things from others in Tuscaloosa. I’m not even sure what to wish more than the best possible. Stay safe.

    • Deb on May 1, 2011 at 9:04 am


      Thank you for this poem, for personalizing the horrible disaster. My heart goes out to you and your community. That there is an outpouring of support, that lives can somehow be rebuilt.

  43. Mariya Koleva on May 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Oh, I have one more!
    It combines the last three prompts: floating, something with its wheels falling off and a stranger buying you breakfast:
    Here it is:

  44. sidewalkdiva on May 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’m still ‘going’ on the ‘center’ prompt!

  45. Mr. Walker on May 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Here’s another one: Being Small

    • Mr. Walker on May 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      And here’s what I would shout down the street: Public Service Announcement

  46. Erin on May 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Oh, my. I’m terribly behind! At least I got one done for now…