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.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pigeon Superstition


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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.  It is in that spirit in which I present August’s challenge...

PIGEON SUPERSTITION

For today’s prompt we are looking to a psychologist who spent most of his adult life proving there is no out of standard, famed behaviorist B.F. Skinner, and one of his examinations on the pigeon. Skinner placed a series of hungry pigeons in a cage attached to an automatic mechanism that delivered food to the pigeons at regular intervals with no reference whatsoever to the bird's behavior.

When a timer releases a seed automatically every 20 seconds, the pigeon wonders, what did I do to deserve this? If it was flapping its wings at the time, it will continue to flap, convinced that its actions have the decisive influence on what happens. We call this "pigeon superstition".

For today’s challenge, I call upon you to sharpen your pencils, rewet the inkwell, and use Skinner’s study of superstition in the pigeon to inspire a new poem. Extra credit will be awarded for using the phrase Pigeon Superstition directly. 


KEEP IN MIND 

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.  

 


12 comments:

Blogoratti said...

Wonderful challenge indeed. Greetings!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a great challenge, Izy. Thanks for always encouraging us to think outside the box.

Jim said...

Ozzie, I'm glad you didn't make this one too hard. Of course I'm not superstitious except some will say so by my actions. I avoid the black cat crossing before me, broken mirrors, or being beneath an outstretched ladder. Hmm, there might be a few more that folks don't mention to me. I might could gin up a verse about all this.

brudberg said...

Thinking cap on.. hope ideas will pop up in my dreams...

Outlawyer said...

Very clever, Izzy. I do not know if I have time right now but will think about this. K.

Fireblossom said...

Just watched Susie Clevenger's video "Velcro" on Facebook, and the words "Pigeon Superstition" fit the tune perfectly! ("I look good in velcro"/ "Pigeon Superstition", both 6 syllables!)

Leaving now!

Mama Zen said...

How about "Pigeon superstition / writing on the wall . . ."

Susie Clevenger said...

Love the prompt...I had never heard of pigeon superstition.

brudberg said...

Loved the pigeon superstition, and I tried to relate it to the butterfly effect.

Outlawyer said...

Sorry mine read as 2, it is only 1. I was going to do one that fit the prompt more, but mine is really out of standard I guess! k.

angieinspired said...

Yes, MZ, pigeon superstition / writing on the wall! I was listening to Stevie Wonder as I pecked, pecked, pecked. Thanks for the prompt once again Real Toads Community and Izy.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Izzy!