Saturday Scribes Prompt Sept. 26: Found Poetry

This week’s prompt is about finding poetry in the world around you.  We discover it in the oddest places – overheard conversations, strange signs, bad translations, children’s writing, newspaper headlines – miscellaneous fragments taken out of context, that make us smile or laugh unexpectedly.  The game for this week is to find poetry in the chance happenstance of the everyday.  Below are but a few examples, bits and pieces that came floating in from the TV playing in the background, while I was being distracted by real life.

precision stitched colours on deep roset
  he just came back from space (he used to be uptight)
sabbatical in Antarctica? (she went to think in peace)
  sink holes a result of drilling in playgrounds
those are really nice sunbathing boots, lady
  the magical element of water
gettin’ out of the neighbourhood (the kid got out okay)
  tell me what you need
over-interpret the evidence
  the prognosis is good
just wait, he’ll play Batman someday
  that was a very strange hamster with very tiny legs (they had to fit in his brain)
exponentially stupider with the volume turned up

You could turn what you find into a poem, like this one here – or this one.  Alternatively, you can use it as inspiration for a short story, or a piece of flash fiction.  The form – and what you do with it – is up to you.

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Weekly Writing Quote

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
~ Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Sept. 19

Theme: Phenomena

Words:
frog
battery
subsequent

Just the basics this week. As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Weekly Writing Quote

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
~ Samuel Johnson

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Sept. 12

Quadruple prompt for today, including our very first image and headline prompts.  The image was taken from the Creative Commons pool on Flickr; the “strange but true” headline was found here.  Feel free to use some or all of the prompts to light your creative spark.

Photo from laverrue; Flickr creative commons

Photo from laverrue; Flickr creative commons

Headline:
Disillusioned Angel Warns Of Too Much Pressure
– Western Mail

Theme: Form vs. Function

Words:
locomotive
curious
temperament

 

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Weekly Writing Quote

Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
~ E.L. Doctorow

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Sept. 4th

I must be near the middle of my story. 
O may no wintry season, bare and hoary, 
See it half finished: but let Autumn bold,           
With universal tinge of sober gold, 
Be all about me when I make an end.
  – from Endymion, Book I, by John Keats

Theme: Music

Words:
elbow
crows
merchant

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Weekly Writing Quote

I am a man, and alive…. For this reason I am a novelist. And being a novelist, I consider myself superior to the saint, the scientist, the philosopher, and the poet, who are all great masters of different bits of man alive, but never get the whole hog.
~ D.H. Lawrence, preface to Shestov, All Things Are Possible, 1938

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