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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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Camped Out In the Garden








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Ohhh….you Toads look delicious on this fine Friday.  When I gaze into my crystal ball I see each and every one of you doing what you do best, and that is making the world a better place. Through words, deeds, family, work, I am always so proud of each and every one of you.  Except you Hedge….Ok, you too…damnation quit your hollering, I was only kidding. So unlike some of my USA friends and many of the overseas folks, Spring is really on full tilt boogie in my neck of the woods,  Here in Cowboy Land, eighty plus degree temperatures, plenty of sunshine to shovel, got my pool cleaned and ready for the bikini models to show up at my house for a pool party….its been all too lovely.  I have also been camping a couple of times already this year and that is what I am going too use as inspiration today.  Nothing too hard as I know you are busy planting bulbs, smelling flowers and procreating.



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I am giving you three choices to choose from this time, maybe that will make it easier, maybe not.  I want you to envision the last time you went camping, or your favorite camping trips as a youngster, or maybe that hot and sultry camping trip you took with a lover that turned out to be an axe murderer.  Think of the feelings, the smells, the sights, the fire, the darkness, peeing outside, whatever you can conjure up in those canyon minds you all seem to possess.  Use one of the following three prompts to write something.  You know the drill, it can be a poem, story, soup can label, underwear tag, screenplay…whatever you want. Now on to the prompts:

1. Write me a Smore, something crisp and crunchy for the beginning and ending stanzas, but soft and gooey in the middle stanzas.  Make it yummy, make it warm and above all don't skimp on the chocolate.

2. Tell me about a bump in the night, a scare, a ghost story.  Something to get my blood pumping, put me on the edge of my seat. No one armed men with hooks on lovers lane though, I am sick of standing trial for that one year in and year out.

3. Give me a Lewis and Clark run down of the lands you have surveyed, what types of indigenous creatures or plants that moved you or utter beauty you beheld, or the near death experience at the hands of Mother Nature.

Ok, there you have it. I am missing the Garden as of late because of all of the traveling and work.  But rest assure good Toads, I will lend an eye and an ear to each on of your delicate submissions, and will savor every morsel long into the night as the coals from the fire burn down to nothing more than shadows and tendrils of smoke.  Love you all and have a happy weekend!!!!

26 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm neither planting (the ground is frozen and covered in snow) nor procreating (too old for new motherhood) but am contemplating your challenge, Corey.
Luv, K

Kerry O'Connor said...

The last time I slept in a tent was 10 years ago come July, and I made a solemn vow (as yet unbroken) never to do it again!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Hey! High five! The linky is in its rightful place.

Herotomost said...

Wooohooo!!! I know, it worked. My camping is limited to our pretty luxury camp trailer these days, every time we are leaving I say "Oh crap I forgot to pack the house"…lol.

jo-hanna said...

This sounds tempting. Are these middle of the week prompts just for members of your Im. Garden?

Susan said...

I haven't camped since 1986. After all these years I remember only the good.

Kerry O'Connor said...

@Jo-hanna
Anyone can participate in any of the prompts on Real Toads. Please provide a link back to the site on your blog.

Kay L. Davies said...

Unlike my friend Susan, who has a cheerful outlook on life, I remember only the bad about camping, but I'll see what I can do.
K

Helen said...

I'm with Kerry and Kay .. Girl Scout Camp did me in and that was sixty years ago! However, I will try to come up with something crunchy, gooey, delicious.
Just for you.

Margaret said...

Now, if I HAD a pretty, luxury trailer, I would write a camping poem! Hope I didn't break to many rules :)

grapeling said...

Well, I'm moving, so time is spent boxing and unboxing, cleaning and uncleaning - wait - and besides I think I packed up my muse somewhere and haven't found her much yet. But will try to get something out, late, for this. I once camped across Africa for 4 months. Maybe I can squeeze out a memory... ~

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Corey, your prompt jogged a Thought loose. Thanks. I needed that!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, Michael, I envy you your camping trip. But.......at night, could you hear lions roaring????

jo-hanna said...

Memory Lane with a twinge...
Thank you to the Hero for the fun prompt.

Fireblossom said...

Always stoked to see you, Corey, but isn't it Margaret's week? Maybe I'm delirious.

Herotomost said...

Hmmmm.... I looked last night and thought it said it was me. If I am wrong I owe Margaret cocktails in Barcelona....lol.

Kenia Cris said...

Love the idea! I'll probably go with number 3, but I'll be writing late for the prompt, I'll leave the link tomorrow evening. :/

Kiss.

Kenia Cris said...

Just for the record: I've never seen the sea AND and I've never been camping. Thanks for providing a third challenge for people like me. :D

Kenia Cris said...

Corey, will you please forgive me if my poem doesn't apply? I tried my best.

Kiss.

The Quintessential Sesquipedalianist said...

Sorry! Linked the wrong poem absent mindedly! Really sorry!

Herotomost said...

Kenia, just glad you wrote for it. And now I feel like getting on the car and coming to get you and take you to the beach. I'm writing you a prescription and it includes vacation on the beach, soon!!!!!

Margaret said...

Herotomost… you ARE my hero. It was "my week" and I had plum forgotten - the vacation has wiped my brain "clean". Ha ha. I will do next Friday. (I have already emailed our our Almighty Toad, Kerry :)

Herotomost said...

LOL, how did I miss that? On the schedule up top I thought it said I was on the 21st? Damn, I am senile I guess. I finally get the Mr. Linky right and then have an epic fail on what day I am supposed to post!!! I am always so paranoid of missing my turn because I never prepare for it ahead of time. Procrastination is my middle name!!! Anywho, you are welcome, I guess it turned out OK!

Susie Clevenger said...

I haven't slept in a tent since...well, I can't remember. I did manage to write a true story that has campfire tale written all over it. :)

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