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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seeing Stars - Sixth Day of National Poetry Month



On the sixth day of this 2015 April National Poetry Month, it is possible that you, like me (Manicddaily a/k/a Outlawyer a/k/a Karin Gustafson), are beginning to see stars.  For this prompt, I ask you to just go with that vision.  That is, see stars and write about them.  

Note that you should feel free to  use this prompt to write about any kind of star.  So, if Ursa Major doesn’t bite you, try Elvis, Marilyn, even Robert Pattinson, who, I am embarrassed to say, used to hold a great deal of fascination for me.  (Bite is perhaps not the right word.) 

If clouds are all you can see at the moment, those are fine too.  (A poem about the absence of stars is a poem about stars in my book.)

Even just a twinkle will suffice. 




(All the pics were made by me and my helpful elephant, so all rights reserved.  Also, just wanted to say how wonderful the support of Toads has been this April, and how great all the work has been--I'm impressed!) 



19 comments:

grapeling said...

well, Karin, I suppose my pen yesterday was better suited, but cobbled together something all the same. thanks for the prompt. I know it's hard to take the 3 minutes to watch a video when blog hopping - but worth the time...

good week to all ~

Kerridwen said...

I like the last pic with the elephant in the ear! Ha! I sort of wrote about stars a few days ago, but I'll see what I can do ;)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for reminding us to look up, Karin.

Ella said...

I love stars~ I just wrote trust your twinkle-darn it-lol!

I love your elephant art~ My mom collects elephants. I want to give her one holding a star.

Thank-you, Karin!

Outlawyer said...

Dear All,

Please feel free to consider the sun a star!

Or gold stars. Or dizziness--my normal way of seeing them.

M--I am so sorry re timing--but really enjoyed your video and poem.

Ella - I don't know if I have an elephant holding one, but this is an elephant close to one--decorating a Christmas Tree--https://manicddaily.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/christmas-eve-tree-decorating-better-late-than-never/

It's kind of a silly one, but you should feel free to print out.

I have to get my own poem written which will probably be fairly late. Thanks all for keeping up your spirits and the rest of ours too! k.

Outlawyer said...

PS -- I may be slow making the rounds but will get there! k .

hedgewitch said...

I had not even cheated and peaked at this prompt k but woke up with a star poem in my head--now I have to polish it up a bit so it shines at least a little--then will be back--and I also want to second your thanks to everyone at the Garden for this month's wonderful joint effort, not just inspiring with excellent challenges like this, but for the support given in visiting and commenting. Back soon, hopefully.

Susie Clevenger said...

Such beautiful artwork Karin. Thanks so much for the challenge.

Outlawyer said...

Thanks, Susie, Joy---I really mean this prompt to be very wide open--my own poem is super weird, and I posted it probably before it was ready just to free everyone up for weird ness! k.

hedgewitch said...

I can always go with weirdness. Thanks,k--this is a rare 'draft' or unedited (or not much edited)post from me also, but that is the fun of April.

Outlawyer said...

Yes--re experimental--absolutely. k.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Love elephants. We never forget. :)

Hannah said...

Yay!! I got my lucky #11 linky spot! A good day and a great challenge...I love to poem about stars!

Thank you, Karen!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Thank you for the great prompt, Karin. I so love your elephant art. And I echo Joy's appreciation of the support and visiting of all members during this very poetry-energizing month. It is just the stimulus I needed and I am enjoying it all so much.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Well well, something from my far past sprang to mind and I gained a new perspective on it. Thank you!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello,

Hope you like my haiku! :)
xoxo

Susan said...

I've been away. Peddling hard to catch up ....

cosmos cami said...

Yay! Love this prompt

Ella said...

Thank you, Karin! I love this~ My parents met at a movie theater and the local elephant at a tourist site ended up on the theater. My father gave my mom her first elephant. Now, the elephant stands on top of the theater. My father is in heaven. Here is a link to the theater-and thank you, so much I will share this with my mom~ You are sweet!

http://colonialtheater.com/about-the-colonial-theater/