Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Two Sides of the Coin

Two Sides of the Coin

Hi, everyone.  The weeks go so fast.  It is time for another Mary's Mixed Bag here in the Garden.  I thought of a challenge  I hope everyone will enjoy trying.  This week I would like you to write a poem describing something or a situation from two different perspectives or points of view.  Perhaps in alternating verses, or whatever works for you.

 Sometimes two witnesses of an auto accident see different things and recount the accident differently, and each is sure he/she is right.



A conflict between a mother and an adolescent daughter would have two different perspectives.  If they wrote or spoke about it, they would tell different tales.


A friendship between two people ends. Undoubtedly they view the ending differently. What would each say?



There are often different points of views within one person.  (I argue with myself sometime, don't you?)  Express them in poetry form.  Perhaps as a dialogue, or perhaps not.


Anyway, I think you get the idea.  I look forward to reading your new poem on two sides of the coin!  And, if you link your poem, please visit poems of others as well.  We all like visits. That's part of the fun!

17 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Mary, what an intriguing and fun prompt. (Yes, it's one a.m. and I cant sleep!) You know the conversation that leaped into my head for this prompt, dont you? I wonder if I dare write it! I so want to!

Fireblossom said...

Cool idea, Mary. I'll see what I can do.

Martin said...

I hope I'm exceptionally allowed to do this as I'm not a proper member ... Usually I feel unable to write for prompts, but this one hit me : )

Mary said...

I will be looking forward to seeing what people write for this prompt. What I wrote for my OWN prompt surprised me!! (Interesting when that happens.)Have a good writing weekend, everyone.

Ella said...

Yeah, I found this insightful...and reflected a lot of where my world is.
Thanks Mary for such an unique challenge :D

Daydreamertoo said...

Great idea for a prompt Mary. Mine isn't exactly verse but you did say whatever works for you LOL
Thanks!

Kerry O'Connor said...

oof! I'm struggling with this. I began something but I didn't like where it was going. I'm going to sleep on it - I've had an enormously busy and nerve-wracking week at work and I fear I am brain dead.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

There was only one conversation I could think of that fitted this challenge, so I wrote it, hoping people wont start wondering about MY sanity!!! It has been one of the stranger weeks with my son so far in our long and multidimensional journey.

Peggy said...

Good prompt Mary. I had trouble with posting the format as I wanted it on my blog. I think you can get the idea but it still does not look like I wanted it to. I will have to keep working on this but you can read it as it is as well.

Laurie Kolp said...

Love this prompt, Mary. I just wish I had more time to polish mine up, but this weekend's going to be hit and miss b/c of my daughter's dance recital, and boys' school carnival.

Mary said...

I am REALLY impressed with the diversity of ways people have written to this prompt. Wonderful work so far!

Hannah said...

Mary, I am so grateful for your prompts!!! Smiles to everyone, I look forward to enjoying your words! :)

Teresa said...

Sorry about the first link being wrong. I have the correct one now.

Marian said...

i've been away, and now, what a cool prompt! i promise to do it over the weekend.

haikulovesongs said...

wow! what a fabulous prompt, Mary!

i hope i can come up with something good. thank you!

Mary said...

Ah, some poets here have indicated that they had trouble writing to this prompt....one would never know from the results! I continue to be astounded at both the depth AND the humor and everything in between. Happy weekend!

shawnacy said...

ah! somehow this linked down here... sorry...