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, March 19, 2014

Out of Standard--St. Pat Something

image courtesy of Wikimedia commons.

Greetings Garden Dwellers!
Welcome back to Out of Standard, where I will set before you a challenge to defy the conventions of a particular theme.  I will call upon you to write out of the standard and find new places in the everyday, but caution: there will be a twist.  Let’s move onward to March’s challenge...


According to the good folk at Wikipedia, the Feast Day of Saint Patrick was celebrated by the Irish as early as the ninth and tenth centuries, in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland...Pat Something. 

In 2014, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in dozens of countries including South Korea, Argentina, Russia, Switzerland, Malaysia, Montserrat (yes, Montserrat!!!), and the International Space Station. People who hold no affiliation to the country or religion that has canonized Mr. Patrick took part in the festivities, proving once and for all that a holiday is what you make of it. 


Invoke your reign over the calendar and write a poem which takes place on a holiday you invented.  It can be to canonized your personal hero who does not have a holiday already, or celebrate an event that you feel deserves it’s own time in the limelight. Or just make up some crazy nonsense, like the Day of the Seventh Head of Matilda.  You know, shake hands with your imagination.

I have one rule and one rule only for this prompt--your poem must take place on your holiday, not simply be about your holiday.  This means you will need to invoke a narrator and some sort of setting!  

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Like every challenge, your poem must by newly written for this challenge and not one which you have previously written which conveniently fits the theme.  

So go now, my muddy buddies, and bring us back something shiny and new. 


Kerry O'Connor said...

This is so outside of the box, Izzy. I love it!

Helen said...

Fun,fun,fun ....

cosmos cami said...

Wow! What a prompt! Love it!

Kay L. Davies said...

You have such a great imagination, Izy. I love it.

Margaret said...

My brain just exploded. Ha ha. I will TRY to come up with something.

Hannah said...

Fun!! Thank you, Izy!!

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Great prompt!

Susie Clevenger said...

Love this!! I was stumped at first, but then my inner goof jumped in and I had so much fun with it!

jo-hanna said...

You lead us a merry dance!
I ended up writing a composite post for my Isaac Newton Bank Holiday. Hope it meets with your approval.
We spent the day celebrating it and it was good.
Thank you for this lovely idea.

Susan said...

Wow! If only!!

Jim said...

This was a fun write, Izzy. I am not sure I met your expectations, I really didn't meet mine either. But I enjoyed using some of my tight schedule for this one.