Dear friends, fellow poets, dedicated toads...
We have come to the end of our third consecutive April in which a prompt a day is provided by the members of The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. I cannot over-emphasize how grateful I am to be surrounded by this most enthusiastic and dedicated group of writers, who have given us all the benefit of their imaginations with unfailing loyalty in support of those who took up the challenge to complete 30 poems in 30 days. I know I speak on behalf of all poets, who linked up a poem to one of the daily prompts, when I extend a heartfelt message of appreciation to all who took the time to read and comment on so many of our poems. The camaraderie this month has been unparalleled.
Now, as we turn over another page of the calendar, we begin a new month back to the normal schedule of a weekly prompt, which is posted at 12 noon on Thursday; a weekend prompt posted at 12 noon on Saturday and the Tuesday Platform, which posts at midnight. The prompt of the first week of May has fallen to me, but I am declaring this day a day of rest. Please take the time to catch up on your reading and commentary if you so wish, or to spend the day far away from the land of blog. But do not stay away for too long! Flash 55 PLUS will be posted this weekend.
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.