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PROMPTuesday #22: Writing Poetry

September 15th, 2008

Today, write a poem including the following lines in any order:


“I tie a ribbon in a foolish way”


“The delicious fragility of this travesty”


“Where we still laugh and wish”

(Prompt courtesy of CreativeWritingPrompts)


Go for it! And really, you’re all so good, I don’t want to hear any about this intimidation crud. Also, we’d sure love to read some new voices! Meanwhile…


The Rules:

  • Try to write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal thinking before the ego and judgmental brain kick in. Just set a timer, make your kid count to 600 slowly, whatever. It’s an honor system. And I trust you.
  • Aim for 250 words or less.
  • Please have fun. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Together, let’s rediscover the simple joy in the writing process.
  • Post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.


First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here.


Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.


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On September 15th, 2008, » PROMPTuesday #22 - Poetry In Motion said:

[…] Deb says no whining about being intimidated, so I won’t. I’ll just grumble quietly. […]

On September 15th, 2008, Da Goddess said:

Make of it what you will

On September 15th, 2008, tinsenpup said:

Here’s my humble, oh so humble, effort.

On September 16th, 2008, vodkamom said:

The place in my heart is cleverly hidden
by the painful march of time.

Moments caught in early morning hours
stolen while the world sleeps…

offers me a visit back to the time
to the hidden place
where we laugh and wish.

On September 16th, 2008, we_be_toys said:

I suck at prompts – they make me go blank faster than an algebra final! But I did post a poem yesterday – any points for being in on the collective consciousness of poetry writing this week? No? All right, hopw about this:

We laugh still,and wish
for the travesty,
the delicious fragility-
where a ribbon tied
in a foolish way
is delicious.

On September 16th, 2008, MommyTime said:

I push and prod and pull
the cakes
stacking them precariously
in their chocolate magnificence
The delicious fragility
of this travesty of baking
mocks me, lures me
I cannot resist
I poke my finger deep into the icing
adding craters to the already uneven surface
by my own mockery of baking
I turn this travesty
into a diorama:
a giant, clownish, brown mountain
of a hat
complete with with a gum-paste bird
perched on top
I tie a ribbon in a foolish way
around the base of the crown
and suddenly!
it is complete
this travesty of a cake
has become a chocolate delicacy
a monument to bygone days
when cooking was a treat,
in the tiny family kitchen
where we still laughed
and wished to grow up
into bakers

On September 16th, 2008, MommyTime said:

I should also have said that this was by far the hardest of the prompts you’ve posted — and also perhaps the one I enjoyed the most. I actually want to take this poem and tinker with it some more to make it more to my liking. Thanks for the inspiration!

On September 16th, 2008, Tanya Kyi said:

I’ve posted. Have to go have a post-traumatic flashback of second-year poetry class now.

On September 16th, 2008, Tanya Kyi said:

I LOVE the cake poem, MommyTime!

On September 16th, 2008, Mami Jen said:

All done. I hope you like it.

On September 16th, 2008, Mami Jen said:

we-be-toys: simple and smart, I like it.

On September 16th, 2008, Da Goddess said:

Great job from everyone!

On September 16th, 2008, Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said:

Here is PROMPTuesday #22: Writing Poetry from Cheri @ Blog This Mom!

On September 16th, 2008, thematically fickle said:

I can’t stand the delicious fragility of this travesty one second longer.

His face was twisted and red.

I’m sorry, I said. Were you talking to me or rehearsing a line?

I looked at my mud-splattered feet instead of his eyes.

I thought of summer ending and other endings and

I rocked forward on my toes, trying to lift myself

From the spot where we still laugh and wish.

Or anyway, the place where he does still.

I’m done with it there.

I tie a ribbon in a foolish way, remember

He’d pointed it out once

And never let me forget it.

Gravity kept me on the ground but it’s a

Vertical force so instead

I spun on my heel and walked in

A new direction

To a place where I’ll tie ribbons

However the hell I want.

On September 16th, 2008, Da Goddess said:

Thematically Fickle — best ending ever!

On September 16th, 2008, Promptuesday returns! « tiny little bits and pieces of me said:

[…] 16, 2008 by happyhippyraindancer I’m way too busy to do this really, but when I saw the prompt for this week, I couldn’t pass it up!  Here it […]

On September 16th, 2008, Karelle said:

What a great prompt! It really inspired me – or spoke to me – or something. Anyway, here is my contribution.

On September 16th, 2008, Mrs. G. said:

It is so cool that you do this. I have read several of these today and they are all beautifully different.

On September 16th, 2008, Cocktail Maven said:

Okay. A little something JUST under the wire. Now I’m off to bed. Guess I’ll have to wait until the morning to read everyone else’s. . .

On September 17th, 2008, myra said:

One day late here. Love the entries so far! Not much of a poet. Here goes nothing;


She towered majestically, casting her lengthy shadow
Fraught with guilt over marking her demise,
I tied a ribbon in a foolish way.
Overcome with the delicious fragility of this travesty
I stood in the barren stubble,
once a shaded green palace,
where we still laugh and wish.

On September 17th, 2008, Angela said:

Okay…I cannot believe I actually did this. I have always dreamed of being a writer, I even have a pen name picked out -silly rabbit! I have never even pursued anything close to writing. This blog is a first. I love your blog sandiegomomma! I want more on the anxiety story…I can relate!!

On September 17th, 2008, Momma Mary said:

I totally spaced!

Here is the link to my submission!! Sorry!!!!!

Momma Mary’s crack at poetry

On February 15th, 2010, Promptuesday returns! « Tiny Little Bits and Pieces of Me said:

[…] 16, 2008 by hippiemonkeymama I’m way too busy to do this really, but when I saw the prompt for this week, I couldn’t pass it up!  Here it […]

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