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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dear Past, Dear Future

Genealogical Tree: To Trace and Preserve a Family History
for Five or More Generations (Library of Congress)

Think about your ancestors.  Think about your future descendants. Write a letter to either or both.  Word count is wide open.



13 comments:

ccchampagne said...

Are there no other European pond-dwellers here? I keep getting in first! *smile* Thank you for a lovely, lovely prompt - which once again I was derailed from. And if I haven't said it before, than you all for putting up with migrating toads (like myself), who only write for parts of the year.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Many toads go through periods of hibernation - all are welcome.

Thanks for an interesting prompt, MZ. I did some reading up on Irish bards and traditional poetry which boggled my mind a bit, but I came up with a response of sorts.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello Everyone,

I have shared my poem Bluebells, which i wrote for my maternal grandmother on 8th march a few days after she passed away.
Poetry ran far and wide in her family bloodline. Her paternal uncle (my great grandfather) was a renowned poet in his days. His work is taught in universities till date!
My maternal grandfather held an interest in composing romantic poetry as well.
You could say poetry runs in the family and is my legacy.

Hope you all like it. Thank you Mama Zen for this opportunity :)
Much love,
Sanaa

Ella said...

Thank you, Mama Zen! A letter to a family tree member. Perhaps, I will go out on a limb~

hedgewitch said...

I might have something for this prompt, which is a really interesting concept, but not today. Will try to return.

Jim said...

Thank you Mom Zee. This too is a nice assignment, it would have been harder for Flash 55.
It would have been easier and a little more interesting story too if I could have found the family tree that my sister made and gave a copy to me.
Her file was thick, I can't remember if Blind Grandpa came over on the boat or if it was his father. The wife died in transit. But at any rate Blind Grandpa's wife had died before the times I could remember.
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Hannah said...

My poem ended up being a message for...well every woman, I guess.

Thank you for the challenge, Mama Zen!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Heading out, will make the rounds when I get back. Great prompt!

Susie Clevenger said...

Thank you for the challenge Mama Zen.

Outlawyer said...

Thanks MZ, as always, for the cool ideas. k.

Ella said...

Great idea, Mama Zen. I struggled with this one, it is so hot here. Yesterday I woke up freezing and now I need to turn the AC on?!
My brain feel fried. It is a sauna in the south tonight~ I will try this prompt another time. I want to write something better~

Other Mary said...

A bit late to the party, but here goes. Good prompt, though I struggled with it.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Sorry this a day late, but it is the truth.