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Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Herculean Task of Multi-Prompts

Edward Hopper, 1922 

and for the daunting task of form

Plastic people with alabaster skin
Walk the mine fields seeking disaster
Longing for chaos they will never win

Graphics limited only by the wind
High altitudes greatly enforce the thrill
Walk the mine fields seeking disaster

Force the climbing crowds to pick Asters
While buttered bread falls from picnic baskets
High altitudes greatly enforce the thrill

During the climb need something just ask it
These actions and words have no worth know this
While buttered bread falls from picnic baskets

Sad face with attitudes too bad mask it
Climb fast climb free stealing a kiss from me
While buttered bread falls from picnic baskets

Plastic people with alabaster skin
These actions and words have no worth know this
Longing for chaos they will never win
While buttered bread falls from picnic baskets

Oh, boy, I just felt like I was in school again.  Whose big idea was it to combine three prompts?? Mine!  I have used The Mag's picture prompt, Sunday Whirl's words (underlined) and have tried my hardest to write this nonsensical poem in the Terzanelle style that was our prompt from Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.   

I must get out more because this combined challenge was too much fun!

28 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like the repetitive line that gave it an almost sing-song feel.

Dreaming said...

I love your personal challenge! What fun... but I don't think I'm up to it!

humbird said...

What a fun you had with words, picture, form, and thanks for sharing it with us! xx

Kathe W. said...

Three in one is quite the challenge!
Well done!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Well done! That had to be HARD- but you did a great job combining all three.

Irene said...

I love how the buttered bread keeps falling from the picnic baskets. That is such a smart sentence and you were wise to keep repeating it. What a jolly poem, but very serious too. It has layers, Gail, just like you. :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

I think the combo works very well. Your poem has a strong message to impart and the words are all well-used to reinforce it. The final quatrain creates a memorable summation of the whole.

LindaG said...

Wow! haha.
Have a wonderful Sunday, Gail. ♥

Jae Rose said...

There's something Herculean about that perpetually falling buttered bread..like a dream where you almost catch what you are chasing..and then it's gone!

Ginny said...

Awesome. and I love the way you repeat about the buttered bread falling out of the picnic baskets. I may be wrong, but to me this poem is abut rich bored people looking for excitement.

ccchampagne said...

I truthfully would not have believed it possible to combine these three prompts, so kudos to you on that first of all. Secondly, a great poem sprung from this combination! Well done!

Grace said...

Whew,what a twirl of prompts in one post ~ I specially like the last stanza Gail & well done with the form ~

Jim Swindle said...

The final quatrain is really good.

Brian Miller said...

ha. beware the plastic people...they will butter more than bread, but you as well...if they think it will grease the wheels...smiles.

Charleen said...

It was challenging, but you did it! Way to go!

Mama Zen said...

This is a hell of a feat!

Truedessa said...

Well, that was fun to read and I think you met the challenge..please do come out a bit more..

oldegg said...

The prompt words and the picture seem to suggest the shallowness of civilization which you have captured so well.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

ZOOOM! Right over my head! I still hear the beating of the worded wings! Dare I look up? :)
I was married to a Poet for 43 years and still experiencing the "ZOOM factor!" :(

Sumana Roy said...

great combo i must say...and your wit is intact..amazing Gail :)

Katherine said...

You sure did rise to the challenge... this was very cleverly done. A job well done I would say.

Lynne said...

Fun to read and kind of a sing along lilt to it like Tex said!

Tess Kincaid said...

I like what you concocted from all those prompts...

Cait O'Connor said...

That was quite a challenge and you rose to it.

Belva Rae Staples said...

You did it all so well! Bravo!!

Kutamun said...

It feels like The Great Gatsby

Peggy said...

I was captured by the first stanza. Excellent use of the prompts.

Rhissanna said...

Ok, very, very impressed by the technical skill; that verse form is a bugger and you managed to tie it all together (Yes, I know that's a mixed metaphor, but this is the Internet, dammit!) into a neat, rhythmical whole. Well done.

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