April 8, 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

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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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68 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL / April 8 ”

  1. Tiel Aisha Ansari on April 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Here’s a poem with lungs in it:

  2. Joseph Harker on April 8, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Terribly sorry about this, but here’s six…

    For the broken window prompt: Come In with the Night
    For the no longer exists prompt: Descent
    For the lungs prompt: Pranayama (Breath Work)
    For the fish prompt: Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
    For the revolution prompt: Dear Stonewall
    For the sorry prompt: Dodging a Bullet

    And I’ll get to the legend one later. :)

  3. thingy on April 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Morning. : )

  4. Jeeves on April 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

    From windows , I speak

  5. Madeleine Begun Kane on April 8, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Yesterday I wrote my first ever acrostic. And being both a limerick addict and a sucker for punishment, I did an acrostic limerick. Crazy, but fun. :) Here’s my Acrostic Limerick

    • Dan Wilcox on April 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Very clever, good use of the form.

  6. rob kistner on April 8, 2011 at 12:31 am

    For day #7 of NAPOWRIMO… Deep Indigo

  7. pamela on April 8, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Day 8 and with one of the big tent’s prompts,

  8. vivienne blake on April 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I am a fish:

  9. Stan Ski on April 8, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Here’s mine for NaPoWriMo day 8:

  10. Uma on April 8, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Here is my poem with lungs:

  11. Dick Jones on April 8, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Here’s mine from a war zone.

  12. barbara on April 8, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Did them all, some a little less successfully than others.
    I kind of like 2) and 3)

    • Sarah Thomasin on April 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I like three very much indeed.

  13. Rinkly Rimes on April 8, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Having just enjoyed a cruise, something watery seemed in keeping.

    • versebender on April 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

      Camelot “no longer exists”…and here’s why. “Trouble in Camelot”

  14. Eclipse on April 8, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Something that no longer exists…

    • Deb on April 8, 2011 at 7:01 am

      Welcome aboard, Eclipse!

  15. nan on April 8, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Great prompts! I wrote to the one about a broken window (sort of): paying for damage.

  16. gautami tripathy on April 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Here is mine:

  17. Nimue on April 8, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Am sorry :

  18. Rachel Barenblat on April 8, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I wrote a letter to a war zone (which is also, kind of, an “I’m sorry” poem):

    Express mail

  19. Sarah Thomasin on April 8, 2011 at 6:13 am

    First timer here!
    I did a poem with lungs in it, and was also inspired by the prompt about getting undressed, (from last week?)

    My ongoing sestina project is here if you want a nosy round. Critics welcome.


    • Deb on April 8, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Hi Sarah. Nice to have you here!

  20. Laurie Kolp on April 8, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I chose the fish prompt. Also, if you scroll down to day 7 (just below), you will find a poem about the troubled boy, Aumen, I have written about in previous pieces. This one gets to the root of his problems…

  21. brenda w on April 8, 2011 at 6:31 am

    If not lungs, then gills…

  22. Linda Watskin on April 8, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This is one of the poems I wrote this week for Poetry Month —the prompt comes from Poetic Asides

  23. Elizabeth on April 8, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Here’s mine for today,


  24. Agnija Bharathi on April 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I discovered you and NaPoWriMon on the 5th. I have written to two of your prompts:

    1. Broken window: All for the want of a little afternoon breeze
    2. Something that no longer exists: Requiem to my Lost Creativity

    And one with no prompt at all: Spring is here! Spring is here!

  25. Jingle on April 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Happy Friday, thanks for the writing hints/prompts.

  26. Ava on April 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

    This is my first time at Big Tent Poetry. I am submitting for the prompt: Write a poem as if you were a fish.

    • Deb on April 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Hi Ava! Welcome aboard!

  27. Nicole on April 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Happy Friday!

  28. Mattison on April 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for all the prompts this week. Thinking about lungs.


  29. Kelly E. on April 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Great prompts. #2 brought back a memory I hadn’t thought of in a long time.

    • Kelly E. on April 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Oh – I’m a week behind. This was from last week’s batch.

  30. Mike Patrick on April 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Had to go back to the Civil War for this letter.

  31. Jeanne Aguilar on April 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Not a poem…but a Wordle…who knows…maybe inspiration for a poem prompt down the road? I had fun using the Wordle site and wanted to share…saw this description of raccoons and couldn’t resist…looking forward to visiting blogs and reading poems this weekend!

  32. Tumblewords on April 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Interesting prompts, to be sure! Thanks…

  33. Mariya Koleva on April 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Well, here it is – Day 8, or something like that… ;-)

  34. Cathy on April 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Have been sick all week, so this week poem is still not finished! So I’m posting something I wrote last week.

  35. Marian Veverka on April 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    The first line of this poem contains a broken window

  36. Donna Vorreyer on April 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Day 8: Something that no longer exists (in the same way):

    Scroll back for lines from Days 1-7, if you like!

  37. M. Pence on April 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    While I’ve managed to write a poem a day, I’ve only managed to eek one out of the inspiration posted.

    I chose the prompt: Write a letter poem to someone in a war zone or a revolution. Here’s how that poem turned out:

    • Deb on April 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Hello, M. Welcome to the Tent.

      • M. Pence on April 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        Thank you! And thanks for the prompts!

  38. Mr. Walker on April 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    The only prompt I’ve written to so far this week is “as though you are a fish”: Agitation

    • Mr. Walker on April 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Not as clever as I thought. Here’s the link:

  39. Jason Riedy on April 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I picked up on one prompt, the broken window:

    the same lightning strike
    flickers down on every block
    a crack in the glass

    (Also at my bitty page.)

    I could stretch and say the following refers to something that no longer exists (also elsewhere):

    Better dead than red,
    so the early blossom said,
    excusing its loss

    These prompts are fantastic. I’m trying to push myself into not relying on prompts this year, but they definitely do help when I’m otherwise hitting wall. Thank you!

  40. carolee on April 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    WOWZA! Look at all of these poems!

    Here’s my contribution:

  41. rob kistner on April 9, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Day #6… Shuffle

  42. irene on April 9, 2011 at 5:52 am

    The one about lungs.


  43. Dan Wilcox on April 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

    “A day late & …”
    A play on the Chakras:

    How To Read A Poem

    The breath comes
    from the root, the Earth
    when you say the poem
    Stand Up
    feel the “Ooh” sound
    red to green, to air
    “ahh” from lungs
    but you must be Standing
    (even when sitting)
    to push the bright blue sound
    “eeee” thru the throat
    where the Poem comes out.

    • Deb on April 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Love this, Dan. The Capitalization. The bright blue sound. Yup. Love it.

  44. Kim Nelson on April 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

  45. Kim Nelson on April 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Hre’s another…

  46. Deb on April 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Greetings all! I’ll leave you yesterday’s, Greetings, O Land of Hope*, of which I like the first stanza. (I’m writing very unevenly, but hopeful for stuff I can work with in revision.)

    How are the rest of you doing?

    Will be by to read Sunday! xox

    • rob kistner on April 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      The “weather blues” have my work coming in starts and stops Deb, but yesterday’s sun delivered a love poem I will share next week… :)

    • Dan Wilcox on April 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      oh yes, the way a poem engaged with the world should be. You should send it to Split-this-Rock.

  47. haiku love songs on April 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

    here’s my haibun using the prompt “Legend says ______”

  48. Ron. on April 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Although not a major feature, there’s a busted window over at Scrambled, Not Fried

  49. irene on April 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    This one uses two prompts “Legend says” and broken windows.


  50. Jason Riedy on April 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Calling today’s metronym (tee-hee, I like that word) Big Tent prompt related may be a bit fishy, but why not… A little bit under water.


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