Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Poems In April ~ Taking It To The Streets


OK Toads we are going to take our poetry to the streets. When I was in San Juan Puerto Rico last year I saw this young lady writing poetry. For a small fee she would write a poem for you on a typewriter she held on her lap. Sadly I didn't get a chance to have her write one for me, but the image of her sitting on that cobblestone street has remained with me. I wondered what I could write on the spur of the moment for a total stranger.


So the challenge is to write a street poem. What would you like to leave on the concrete, the wall, a light post, a picnic table, in a cafe, a grocery store, etc. for someone to find? It could be a bit of wisdom, hope, encouragement, or something to bring a smile. 

Please write an original poem specific to this challenge and post it on the Mr. Linky provided below.










20 comments:

Margaret said...

Mine might be a tad too long for street poetry, but I did give a message, I think.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Susie, I love your pavement poem so much - I like this prompt, will see if I can jog something loose in the morning.........

Kerry O'Connor said...

I wonder if I could run away and become a street poet?

Kerry O'Connor said...

PS.. Love your pavement poem, Susie. You inspired me to try a more pictorial format too.

Grace said...

I love poems inspired by city & streets ~ Thanks for the lovely prompt Susie ~

Happy Wednesday to all ~

Ella said...

I too love your street poem! I am going to an Art Walk on Friday-maybe I will leave one-Thank you Susie

Marian said...

Susie, I just wrote a lovely longer (for me) poem this morning for your prompt, and somehow completely lost the entire thing in GoogleDocs. Not sure how it happened, but I don't think I can re-write. Not a great way to start the day. Sorry, boo.

Marian said...

oh good lord, somehow i restored it! whew. don't mind me, i'm just a Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown over here.
good morning everyone!!

Ella said...

Thank you Susie! Hope the sun is shining on all Toads~

Kenia Cris said...

Hey Susie, great prompt!

You reminded me of a favorite movie of mine, The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain - she paints a writer's quote on the wall because she wanted to spread his word.

Happy writing.

Kiss!

jo-hanna said...

Susie, a short one wasn't quite enough to sustain my flowing muse today, so I did two. Yours is after the sonnet [ignore it] that I did for Susan.
BOGOF [=Buy One Get One Free]

Susie Clevenger said...

Margaret, your poem works beautifully as a street poem.

Sherry, thank you. I am looking forward to what your muse speaks.

Kerry, I think people would be lined up to read your street poems. Thank you and so happy I inspired you to do a visual piece.

Grace, you are welcome. :)

Ella, thank you. What a wonderful opportunity to share a street poem.

Marian, I am so thankful you didn't lose the poem!! And sanity is always tested. :)

Kenia, Thank you!

Jo-hanna, I love BOGOF...I can't wait to read them!

Mama Zen said...

Mine is goofy, but I had a blast with it!

Sumana Roy said...

great prompt Susie but i doubt if mine has justified the prompt..

Hannah said...

I love your story about this woman, Susie...that alone is super inspiring.

Thank you, for such a thought provoking challenge! :)

Anonymous said...

love street art. cool prompt, Susie

Susie Clevenger said...

Mama Zen, I want a t-shirt with your words and that image!

Sumana, It fits perfectly. Street art is all about the magic of color and imagination.

Hannah, you are welcome. I can't think of San Juan without picturing her and her poetry.

Grapeling, you are welcome!

Anonymous said...

Mine is a super weird street poem. sorry! Susie, yours is lovely. K.

Susie Clevenger said...

Manicddaily, I loved yours!!

Kim Nelson said...

Took a direction I hadn't anticipated.