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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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When Good Wishes Go Bad

“…witches are quite careful about what they say. You can never be sure what the words are going to do when they’re out of earshot.” ~ Terry Pratchett
My grandmother mistrusted impulsive wishing and promises given without thought. “You just never know,” she used to tell me. “Your wish for rain, so that the nurse can’t make it here to give you a shot, might drown someone’s crops and starve a whole family to death.”

So, my dearest Toads, today I’m wishing for poetry that explores Terry Pratchett’s quote and my grandmother’s (mildly paranoid) wisdom.

The Prompt: Write a new poem that illustrates what might happen when a good wish renders a not so good outcome.


Please, feed Mr. Linky (below) with the direct link to your poem. 
Visit other Toads. Wish responsibly. And don’t forget to grin. 
Grinning is really, really, really important.

15 comments:

brudberg said...

Be careful what you wish for... this was a nice prompt Magaly... once I started the poem wrote itself

Gemma Wiseman said...

Once I started a perspective I could run with the concept. Thanks.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Bjorn and Gemma, your poems were wonderful to wake up to. I shall be thinking about them all day, and probably after that... ♥

Marilyn Cavicchia said...

Great prompt. It led me in a pretty ominous direction.

amyjosprague said...

Me too, Bjorn. I wasn't sure where I was going, and then it wrote itself.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hey everyone,

Hope you guys are having an amazing day so far :D sharing my poem "Amoebic Whim." Thank you Magaly for the lovely opportunity, this one's for you!

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Linda C. Folks said...

For some reason I found this one difficult. I can think of lots and lots of examples but my muse won't help make them poetry.

Susie Clevenger said...

Great challenge! I am at the poetry conference trying to keep up with my commitment to writing 30 poems in 30 days. I may get behind on reading what everyone has written, but I will catch up!

Hannah said...

Thank you for the inspiration! I'm posting and running...but I promise to return reads. Thank you for patience...we've a new kitten and kids are home this week...busy busy wowsers!

Outlawyer said...

Hi Magaly--I'm not sure this fits the bill, but what came up. k.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I've enjoyed all your contributions. It's so wonderfully satisfying to see a prompt take so many different paths. I'm glad almost everyone seems to have found that their poems wrote themselves. Like in Linda's case, the muse and I were not seeing eye to eye. I had something completely different in mind... I'm not quite sure where the wendigo came from. But it felt right in the end.

@Susie, I hope you are enjoying yourself doing so much.

@Hannah, I hope the kitten and the kids are having a good time. ;-)

@K, I think your poem is fantastic.

Cara H said...

My father often referenced The Monkey's Paw as a cautionary tale. My poem at poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com referenced his feelings in regards to making wishes.

satyapriya said...


I can't tell you how long I've struggled with some of the challenges, walking around for days, saying 'I dunno", yet as soon as I read this one, the idea presented itself, the poem wrote itself, and the mind said: "Finally, we've commented on that. Good. Next topic please."

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I'm starting to fall behind (life interferes with poetry) so I'm making my last piece for Magaly's 'Dark Poetry' series double up with this prompt. It's a bit of a stretch but I can make a case for it!

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Cara Ha, I'm still picturing that leaping heart.

@satyapriya, I am very glad!

@Rosemary, I completely understand. By they 21, I think most of us are walking the path of stretched words and case making. ;-D