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, October 15, 2015

Fireblossom Friday: BEechwood-4-5789

Fireblossom here with another challenge for you. If you're old enough, you remember rotary phones. If you're even older than that, you remember telephone exchanges, the random words that contributed the two letters at the beginning of a telephone number. But here at Toads, our words aren't random, right poets?

Here is your challenge, and I give fair warning, it includes a little twist. The first part of the challenge is to write a poem which includes an old-fashioned rotary phone. (Yegods, report me to the Department of Redundancy Department; ALL rotary phones are old fashioned!) 

Now here's the twist. You aren't required to have anyone call or be called, but if you do, the caller (or person called) can NOT be someone who actually might have used a rotary phone! In other words, nobody from the early part of the 20th century through at least the 1960s. They must either be someone who lived before that time, or someone from the present, who would obviously have a newer device. 

What I'm looking for is a little bit of surrealism, or poetic magic. Go ahead and bend reality a bit. Your phone can be either a household phone, a business line, or a public phone booth. It can be in a museum, or a trash bin. Your phone can defy the laws of time. It can be an agent of good or evil; it can be haunted, cursed or lucky. You can have Henry VIII take a call, or have a modern text-happy teenager be relegated to the dial phone Twilight Zone. Have fun with this, and let your imagination roam. 

Please write a NEW poem for this, and because this is Fireblossom Friday, no Oriental short forms like haiku. If you have any questions, dial "O" for the operator!



 

17 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Fantastic prompt, Shay. I had a lot of fun with it, and hope I followed your precepts correctly. It seems salvation never answers the phone.

Mama Zen said...

I don't remember telephone exchanges, but I do remember rotary phones. And party lines. Anybody remember party lines?

Helen said...

Great challenge ~~ DICKENS 1274-R ~~~ reporting for duty!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such a cool challenge, Shay. I'm just not sure my tired brain is up to it.

MZ, I lived for a while on a small farm during my high school years and we had a wind up phone on a party line. Good times!

Blogoratti said...

That's a good one with a nice twist.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Rotary phones really made dialing into a radio station contest line a challenge. I tried my best, little shay, la la mosk

brudberg said...

I thought I might have had an old Ericofon (red) but I seem to have gotten rid of that one... anyway I thought of an interesting call hope it works.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is a fun poem. I'm so old I even remember a phone where I picked up the receiver and a live person on the other end said "Number, please" and connected us. Back in ancient times, LOL. And does anyone remember "party lines", where the line was shared and you could overhear your neighbor's conversations? I likely wont write to this till tomorrow morning, as it is six p.m. and my brain has shut off. But this is such a fun prompt, I am delighted.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Fun prompt, I mean. See what I mean? And I see others - much younger others - remember party lines! Wow.

Outlawyer said...

Hi Shay--I remember rotary phones (I actually had one until recently and used it--I still have it but it was dropped an awful lot and, of course, a bit slow)--and also remember party lines.

And Exchanges--

A very fun prompt. I am not totally thrilled with mine as I think the prompt deserves more fantasy, but my life is a bit pressed at the moment! Thanks. k.

Margaret said...

I have memories of a rotary phone for sure. All through my teen years. One phone. In the kitchen. Not cordless, of course. Just not sure I can meet that darn twist - in not that creative. I have children home this weekend - will try to post late Thanks for the challenge.

Gillena Cox said...

to say i know the rotary phone is to say my age ((Smiles))

much love...

Susan said...

Yes rotary. Yes party lines. So much land fill ... I sure hope I understood the prompt properly. I had lots of fun thinking about it. Have a great weekend.

Fireblossom said...

I will be by this weekend to visit the ones I didn't get to on Thursday. :-)

Susie Clevenger said...

Great prompt Shay!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I'm very late with this, snowed under with other things, but had to have a go at such a fun prompt. Blown away by the brilliance of everyone else's!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, sorry, thought I'd removed the 'correct link' note from last time. There's only the one here.