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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesdays With Peggy

Things Carried


For some reason the book title “The Things They Carried" (by Tim O'Brien) hopped into my mind when I was thinking about the challenge for Toads.

We all carry many things: with our arms, our bodies, or with our minds. 

Though the heavy things people physically carry might seem like the most difficult task, sometimes it is those things carried in the mind that are most challenging.  It is also a different kind of challenge to carry something very delicate or to carry something secretly.  And then there are the things animals carry.

This old saddle in Arizona carried someone on a horse, the words carry
a message.
All sorts of ways to think about things carried.  So that is the prompt for today: Write about  things carried.


Hikers carry all kinds of things
Many ways to carry things

What stories and memories might these men carry?



Post your offering below with Mr. Linky and then please read what others have written as well.
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23 comments:

Jinksy said...

Thanks for this idea, Peggy! It lead me in a strange direction, but I won't carry any guilt about that. LOL

Hannah said...

Thank you, Peggy...excellent jumping point. :)

Ella said...

I love this idea Peggy! Great photos, too~ Thank you! :D

Debi Swim said...

Thank you Peggy - good prompt though it took me to a place...
this is probably the most honest poem I have ever written. I posted it before I could change my mind.

AJ Neugebauer said...

Great prompt! and from a great book!

Geraldine said...

what a thoughtful and interesting post. I love that techno kittie painting so much.

Helen said...

So many directions to go ... is that you hiking, Peggy?

Peggy said...

Thank you for liking my prompt! (and yes that is me hiking in the reddish shirt) I am still working on my own response to my prompt--I seem to be very distracted and busy lately. Can hardly believe it's September already. I have enjoyed reading all the submissions so far--thank you all for sharing yourselves in this way.

Susie Clevenger said...

Great idea Peggy!! Thanks so much for the prompt!!

Margaret said...

Ideas are swirling, but I'm exhausted - it's almost 11pm . Hope I can find time to write to this prompt and if I do, obviously it will be late.

Talya Tate Boerner said...

Great prompt! We do carry around so much. And the thing is, we never know what someone else is carrying. Not really.

grapeling said...

good prompt, Peggy. On an unrelated note, I work in Irvine - we're practically neighbors! ~ M

Susan said...

Hi Peggy. I gave a light answer to a heavy prompt, at least heavy if based on this amazing author. Thank you.

Margaret said...

Whew. Just squeezed this one in under the wire! Thanks, Peggy!

grapeling said...

having a heck of a time commenting - been booted off of 4 blogs so far with captcha, without, etc. Some good pens this week ~ M

Kathy said...

Interesting prompt. Love how that lady is balancing on her head! Pretty impressive!

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Such a great prompt! I have been carrying it around with me for several hours now, still deciding what to write!

Karen said...

Late again, of course, of course! I actually wrote something earlier that was inspired by O'Brien's title. I'll look for the link and post it, if that's okay.

Karen said...

Here it is:
http://keepingsecrets-karen.blogspot.com/search?q=What+we+carried

Ella said...

I had fun with this one! Thank you Peggy for a great challenge :D

wkkortas said...

My close personal automaton friends at WordPress informed me this was my 200th post, so I'm glad this prompt came along, or I was stuck on 199 for a looooooong time.

Peggy said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful poems written in response to my prompt. You are indeed a talented group!

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

Awesome prompt. I will be posting something tonight but had too many ideas that were generated...
a sign that this is a stimulating prompt that will keep peoples creative juices flowing long after they post.
Thank you very much,
Peace
Siggi