May 6, 2011

by Carolee, Deb & Jill

It’s show time! It’s time to post your revised poem — from something that has been sitting a while — 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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47 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL / May 6 ”

  1. Dick Jones on May 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

    First in the queue! This saga has been sitting for quite a while.

  2. Madeleine Begun Kane on May 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Last month I got hooked on acrostic limericks, so I’ve written another one: Acrostic Limerick: Hot, Cross Lovers

  3. pamelasayers on May 6, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I enjoyed this prompt, thanks.

  4. vivienne blake on May 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

    One of my earliest poems re-visited

  5. Elizabeth on May 6, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Stumbled on this one last week,


  6. Anthony North on May 6, 2011 at 1:43 am

    You’ll find mine here:

  7. gautami tripathy on May 6, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Here is mine:

  8. Eclipse on May 6, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Revision about the happiness

  9. nan on May 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

    What do you know? You can go home. This was one of the first poems I wrote – back in 2007 – and it needs even more revision, but it was good to go back to a streetlight named bob.

  10. Versebender on May 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

    This has been sitting for 217 years!

  11. Laurie Kolp on May 6, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Here’s my new version of a poem from 2 years ago… which do you like better?

  12. brenda w on May 6, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Here’s one about urban chickens:

  13. Tilly Bud on May 6, 2011 at 6:43 am

    A poem I’ve been revising for nine years. Please help.

  14. Kat Mortensen on May 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I don’t often revise (more’s the pity, I expect), but you have “prompted” me to do so.

  15. annell on May 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Great Prompt. I went back to a poem I wrote about 15 years ago.

  16. Mary on May 6, 2011 at 7:05 am

    A poem I wrote a year ago, revisited today:

  17. Linda Watskin on May 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Here’s a revised poem—first written six years ago.

  18. Rachel Barenblat on May 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    This was a fun one. I posted two versions of the poem — this year’s revision, and the latest of last year’s revisions, for comparison’s sake:

    Beauty Parlor

  19. Joseph Harker on May 6, 2011 at 8:32 am

    The post-NaPoWriMo reawakening… An Audit, Audited

  20. Jeanne Aguilar on May 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Happy Weekend! My mind seems to be a couple weeks back in prompts…Oh Well…Here’s what I’ve got.

    • Jeanne Aguilar on May 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Ooops…here’s the link. :)

    • Henry Clemmons on May 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Lovd it Jeanne. The top entry. Vry kool

  21. Danny Earl Simmons on May 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Revised this one yesterday.


  22. Elizabeth J. on May 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I only resumed writing poetry last summer so here’s a revision of one from last August: Oak Tree.

  23. Kelly E. on May 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Hi all – I’ve been so busy. Grateful for the revision prompt! Here’s mine:

  24. Dan Wilcox on May 6, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I revisited a favorite poem from a year ago, made some cuts in the first stanza. Thanks for the prompt/idea. Hope you don’t mind me pasting it here, don’t want to post it on my Blog just yet, as I think (yet again) about the changes.


    A grey morning inside & out
    we sit on the couch
    quiet side by side
    let the touch of our hips
    our hands speak for us
    or the stray tear
    I turn off the radio

    It’s OK we don’t know what to say
    or want to say, it’s OK to be sitting
    here side by side, actually
    it’s more than OK, it’s better than
    sailing, than getting drunk in a strange
    town, because the grey will fade
    there will be a morning again
    for falling into bed, sheets tangled
    in the dazzled angle of our light.

  25. Kim Nelson on May 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    This one’s been incomplete for months. Still doesn’t feel right, but here it is:

  26. Marian Veverka on May 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Another one that’s been sitting around – a winter poem in May (but a cold May)

  27. Tumblewords on May 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Sometimes it sounds easier than it is. Thanks for the prompt and the site!

  28. Sarah Thomasin on May 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Not a revision, though it probably needs one.
    Some thoughts on the reaction to a pretty high profile death.

  29. Cathy on May 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Great prompt!! My plans for this year, is to go back and revise some old poems. Not liking their forms anymore.

  30. Henry Clemmons on May 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Here is my rework:

  31. Mr. Walker on May 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Here’s my revision of Pacific Grove

  32. Deb on May 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Mine is Walking in a Crowded Field.

  33. M.A.S on May 7, 2011 at 1:32 am

    This got so far away from the original pom. I loved this prompt! Photograph

    • Deb on May 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, M.A.S. And welcome to the tent.

  34. irene on May 7, 2011 at 6:40 am

    So I did revise a poem. Yay!

    Odysseus revisited

  35. Connie L. Peters on May 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Still trying to get back into the groove after a trip, the flu, and the Poetic Asides Challenge.

  36. Bee on May 8, 2011 at 1:03 am

    This is my first time posting at Big Tent Poetry. I carved this one in the sand at Balsam Lake last summer.

    I’d love to hear what you think!

    • Deb on May 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Welcome to the tent, Bee.

  37. Strummed Words on May 8, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Back after a brief hiatus, inspired by spring:

  38. Judy Roney on May 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Here’s mine from way back in 2010. :)

  39. rob kistner on May 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    a gentle edit and rewrite of a poem I wrote in 2010… Heartfire (redux)

  40. Ruth on May 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Here’s one I’d been sitting on a while…

  41. Agnija Bharathi on May 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I attempted to revise something I wrote in 1991. Not sure that this is much of a revision: Here is the original:

  42. ALIVE aLwaYs on May 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I am new to blogging, but here’s one I wrote on occasion of mother’s day,

    • ALIVE aLwaYs on May 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Here’s another the first poem I ever wrote on my blog (before that just the short one’s)