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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, January 4, 2013

Mary's Mixed Bag - Windows

Windows

Greetings again, all Toads and Friends of Toads.  Here I am again with another "Mary's Mixed Bag."  You never know what you will find in a mixed bag, do you?  Today the subject I'd like you to think about is WINDOWS!

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Windows can either be literal or figurative.   Literal windows can be opened or closed. We can choose to look out or to hide behind curtains that cover the window.

Windows can let in  or inhibit us from experiencing nature.  Do we want our windows to enclose ourselves inside or to let the light in.  How large are the windows in your life?  Are they opened to let in fresh air and outside sounds, or do they keep fresh air and sounds out?

We can look out of windows in cars, busses, trains, or planes and see a whole different world pass by. What do you see as you  look outside your car/ bus / plane window?

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Thinking of windows figuratively:  It has been said the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Think about that.  Does a poem come to mind? How about the window of opportunity? 

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Have you ever broken a window?

What is the most beautiful window you have ever seen?

If you were to craft a stained-glass window, what would you show?

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If you were going to be a window peeper, whose window would you like to peep into?

I am looking for any NEW poem that contains a window.  Be sure to include a link back to Real Toads and also to visit as many other poems as you can in the spirit of friendship.

28 comments:

Susie Clevenger said...

Yeah! I am first. Good morning Toads. Thanks Mary for the inspiration!

Emma Major said...

I've got ideas for six poems already, what amazing.inspiration Mary, thanks. now to decide whic to write first and link.up :)

Marian said...

oooh i have lots of windows poems! but for you, Mary, i will write a fresh one :)

Richard said...
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Ella said...

oooh, love windows! Thanks Mary :D

Mary said...

Glad to see a few have been inspired already this morning. I contributed my own as well. Hope the sun is shining through YOUR window today!

Kim Nelson said...

I often photograph windows and doors, so this is a fun prompt for me!

Ella said...

Thanks Mary! I enjoyed this prompt ;D

vivinfrance said...

Richard, that's a stunner. People in glass houses should pull the curtains!

I have linked to one that I wrote in hospital in early December, because the windows really were very important to me.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You did say we could be literal, Mary, so I took you up on it!

Kay L. Davies said...

Great idea, Mary. In 2011, I got a window for my birthday.
K

Hannah said...

Thank you, Mary for the prompt...your last image opened the flood-gates...

:)'s to all!

Haddock said...

Windows are really interesting and I like wide open windows.
I know of a house (big bunglow) with hardly any light coming in due to the small windows and that too with the chics pulled down (24x7) Its so depressing going to that house.

Mary said...

Wow, what amazing poems have been shared so far!! Thank you to those who have already shared....and keep 'em coming!

wordcoaster said...

Lovely prompt--windows are always a good option. As Billy Collins writes in his poem, Monday, "The clerks are at their desks, the miners are down in their mines, and the poets are looking out their windows." :)

Grace said...

Well I took a shot of my office window and described what I saw ~

Happy Friday to everyone ~

Lorna Cahall said...

Looking out on the festivities rather than running around - that's a theme of this little Tanka. It fit right in with the window theme.

Emma Major said...

I've written six poems this evening inspired by this prompt, thanks Mary. I've linked up the first I wrote but.I'm not saying it's the one I like best, they're all so different.

Peggy said...

What a good prompt Mary. I hope something comes to me for this one. My poetic brain is feeling kind of comatose but I will get working on it right away! Thanks.

Kay L. Davies said...

Back tomorrow to catch up on commenting.
This prompt surprised me, or, rather, my take on the prompt surprised me. Never know what's going to pop out as poetry.
Thanks, Mary!
K

Jinksy said...

Only a day adrift! :)

Emma Major said...

you guys are amazing, my 7 year old was reading some of my Windows poems and decided to write one herself and illustrate it - I've put it at number 20. please give her some comment love.

Susan said...

I love windows and doors, both what they are and what they stand for. And I have many window poems from which to choose, but, dear Mary, I wrote a new one for you.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Rinkly Rimes, I loved both of your poems for this prompt but it says new comments are disabled on your site. I smiled at the streakless glass idea - when you live with four dogs, when the sun shines, one sees a lot of noseprints on the glass!

Marian said...

hi friends, just wanted to say that i feel dark right now... my poem is dark, my mind is dark, and i'm going to come around and read all your window poems later. just wanted you to know i'm not posting & running. hope some light shines through your windows.

Peggy said...

I've been around commenting on many of your window postings and here I am late getting my own posting up. My poetic brain is still partly in the holiday mode--but I am afraid that excuse will not to believable for long!

Fireblossom said...

I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! ;-)

Frankie Jay said...

Thank you for the thought provoking post, which took me down a very interesting path.