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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weekend Mini-Challenge - Poeticizing Out



Hey Toads. 

Karin Gustafson, a/k/a Manicddaily (also a/k/a Outlawyer on blogger) here, and I am asking you out. 

The prompt, should you choose to accept it, is to write something inspired by a breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, snack eaten out, at the local diner, cafe, restaurant, fast food joint, even, if you wish, camp site.  



I mean this prompt to be as broad as a glass door held open by a very polite person--(you will note that in my own politeness, I make no reference to tall stacks, wideness, and hips.)  You should feel free to write from the perspective of diner, server, cook, table, plate, pancake.  If you want to write with a forked tongue, in other words, go ahead!  If you want to just go sit in a cafe and write whatever comes to mind, that's okay too.  (Just, maybe, smear some ketchup on your screen.)  




I mainly want you to have fun (or be deadly serious) with this prompt, but I also chose it because I had some old photos and pics that seemed to go with it.  These are intended primarily to be thought-provoking, with no mandate to use, but please do feel free to use one if you wish (with proper attribution.)   (The top one is a pencil sketch I drew on a restaurant paper tablecloth--yes, the service was a bit slow, and yes, I left it there.)  







In the spirit of adventuring together, please try to write something new.  Also, please drop by for a drink, bite, read, at the spots of your fellow bloggers!









 I look forward to seeing what you come up with!




Finally, finally, I want to write a very brief word about my personal icon, Terry Pratchett, who died this week.  I almost changed this prompt to be about him, but that seemed unfair since I know many of you were probably not lucky enough to have lived with his books in print and on tape for years and years, nearly 24/7--also, I honestly felt too sad about his death to think of a timely prompt.  I did want to mention a couple of quotes of his. They are not necessarily my favorites, as not particularly funny--yet good ones to remember I think----"evil begins when you begin to treat people as things," and "so much universe, so little time,"  Thanks. 


25 comments:

Outlawyer said...

Hey Toads-- I am going to be out of pocket all day so will not be able to check back in. Look forward to seeing your poems! K.

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

What an interesting theme! Have written more than 1 poem inspired by sights & sounds in a day. Could you clarify for me whether or not it is permissible to copy & paste one of these photos into a blog post. Does each photo have a title? a link? Thanks. :)

hedgewitch said...

Patricia, Karin says above that the pictures can be used(copy/pasted) with attribution. I don't see any titles, though.

These are wonderful images, k, and an excellent challenge--off to see what I can come up with.

Fireblossom said...

I'll definitely give this a try!

Outlawyer said...

Hi all--just out of the opera but still with family! Feel free to use any image--there are no titles-- i am happy to say where taken if anyone wants to know but won't be able to write till later. K.

blueoran said...

Yum!

Outlawyer said...

Thanks all! I am up too now. I am staying someplace where the router is sometimes blocking me from getting on WP sites--agh! Gnashes teeth. I can use phone or sometimes the router block will go down--I don't know how to fix it! But at any rate, I'll get there to the WP people but maybe a little late. k.

Jazzbumpa said...

Here's a Terry Pratchett quote somebody left in comments a Crooked Timber:

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”

Cheers!
JzB

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Thanks to Hedgewitch for the information! :)

Björn Rudberg said...

Hi there.. I join with a little writing on eating buffet..somehow the greed shows itself the most when we have the most.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is such an interesting prompt idea. Sadly, my thoughts are unfocused this weekend as I attended the funeral of a colleague and friend.

Outlawyer said...

So sorry, Kerry, for your loss. k.

Outlawyer said...

Thanks, Jazz, for the quote. k.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I would never missed the opportunity to go on a coffee date! Also, I needed a bit of fun in my day... I, too, missed our Pratchett so very much.

May this Sunday be full of wonder...

Other Mary said...

Oh, after reading these I have two! Thanks for this prompt!

Other Mary said...

And now I've gone back and added the link back to here. I guess it's been too long since I've done this!

R.K. Garon said...

Wonderful Pictures!!
ZQ

Mariya Koleva said...

First-time contribution. Not that I'm a stranger to the regular contributors. Smiles.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent prompt Karin. Thanks!
Anna :o]

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Have been chained to my desk all day working on interviews, so have just come upon this fun prompt........I might try to write something, so will not read any of yours until I have.......likely be back some time tomorrow as am running out of steam at the moment. How many hours can a poet sit at her desk in a day? apparently, never enough, LOL.

Outlawyer said...

Thanks, Sherry, ZQ, Anna--all. Please let me know if I have not visited anyway, as I had some computer issues over the weekend, resolved now. k.

Marian said...

Super-late but I managed to write something. Thank you, Karin.

Susie Clevenger said...

Sorry to be so late! Awesome challenge Karin!

grapeling said...

even later! thanks for the inspiration, Karin ~

Margaret said...

I am back from a week long vacation celebrating 25 years of marriage. I still have visiting to do from my earlier prompt and I will get on that ASAP.

This was a perfect prompt as we ate at THE OLDEST house in America - the Herb House, Savannah, GA. I will be back to visit and comment tonight - I'm out the door on this fine 75 degree day to visit my horse.