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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  1. desert rat said,

    September 25, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Since I skipped last week (due to unexpected computer woes), I figured I better get this one in early:

    axis of view / axis of you

    (in case you didn’t catch the link in the prompt post above)

  2. The Countess said,

    September 25, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Here’s to a fun weekend! Posting this early.



  3. Paul Darcy said,

    September 27, 2008 at 7:04 am

    A short fiction piece inspired by a Thomas Dolby song title – no, really.

  4. Magpie said,

    September 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Six short poems from Youtube comments…

  5. Grondzilla said,

    September 28, 2008 at 9:35 am

    In the department of ‘you asked for it’ the Other Half waxes poetical.

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