Writing Prompt #56: On the Rooftop

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Image by © Aaron Kohr – Fotolia.com

Author confession time.

I’m not crazy about heights. This sort of view would  freak me the hell out. Just looking at this image makes me uncomfortable.

This week I’m offering up my acrophobia for your writing pleasure.

Come up with a tale or poem about this view…what is going on here? A jumper? Lovers enjoying a balcony scene a la Romeo and Juliet? It’s up to you.

Happy writing!


Post It Note Poetry – Week 1

Got into this wonderful little meme created by writer friends Adam Byatt and Jodi Cleghorn. The brainchild of Mr. Byatt, the idea is to write poetry: good, bad, weird, funny, any kind of poetry on post it notes throughout February, take interesting photos of them (you don’t have to, though, there are no real “rules,” as I understand it) and post them online to Twitter, Twitpic, Instagram and/or Facebook. For Twitter, Twitpic, and Instagram we are using the hashtag #postitnotepoetry.

After 1 week we now have 42 poets from across the globe writing and posting poetry.

I started on Monday, so I’ve been at it a full week.

Below are my first offerings to the Post It Note poetry gods:

Monday, February 4, 2013


A Dumpster Diver in the Space-Time Continuum

the old garbage-sifter

filters through

the junk of days gone by,

comes across a crumpled-up photo

of some middle-aged man

in a three-piece suit

sitting on a sofa

with a pretty woman

in a red flowery dress.

he stops.

stares at it

with a moment of something

he can’t quite explain

longing, maybe…or regret.

then he tosses it aside

and continues

his never-ending

search for sustenance

never realizing

that he’d just touched

a moment in time

an image of himself

from happier,

remembered days.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


poem as myth 

sky, she takes a deep breath…

exhales slowly,


becomes an indigo blanket

draped over the horizons;

embracing her sister Gaia,

and holding her


star children,

in her wide, wide arms.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

philosophy of mirrors

philosophy of mirrors

philosophy of mirrors

i only show

the outer view

if i could show

the inner you

i would shatter

into shards

every time.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

the cat

the cat

the cat

lying by the fire


lean and languid,


toes unsheathing



wide mouth reveals

sharp, white swords.


and purrs…


Friday, February 8, 2013

Going Bukowski

Going Bukowski

Going Bukowski

on the gallows

dangling from the end

of a rope you didn’t knot.

it’s not your rope.

it belongs to

some other son-of-a-bitch.

remember that.

remember that it’s not your rope

stringing you up.

don’t hang yourself

with someone else’s rope.

go Bukowski on the motherfucker.

Saturday, February 9, 2013




“¿Va a cantar para mí, pajarito?” he asked.

“¿Sólo un cantito?”

“Sí, papá,” she said,

and singing through her tears,

watched him close his eyes

and thought:

“I am like a canary,

come too late.”

Little Song (English translation)

“Will you sing for me, little bird?” he asked.

“Just a little song?”

“Yes, daddy,” she said,

and singing through her tears,

watched him close his eyes

and thought:

“I am like a canary,

come too late.”

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Soul of a Poem

Soul of a Poem

Soul of a Poem

A poem is a mighty thing.

A poet’s words weighty with wit.

But unless some of the soul is contained therein,

I won’t believe a word of it.


Well, that’s my week of Post It Note Poetry writing. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep the pace up of writing a poem a day, what with college classes and all, but I’ll do as much as I can.

I hope you take some time this week to enjoy some poetry, either reading it or writing it. 🙂

Writing Prompt #55: What Are You Lookin’ At?

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© Benji87 – Fotolia.com

“Yeah, you just aim them peepers somewhere’s else, bub. That’s it, keep walkin.’ Nuttin’ to see here. Oh hey, you gots food? Hey, come back here, I’m talkin’ to ya’s!”

Your job this week is to write a story, poem, whatever you like about this inquisitive-looking seagull.

As always, if you do come up with something inspired by this prompt (and I hope you do) and you post it on your blog, please come back and let me know. I’d love to read it!

Happy writing!


Writing Prompt #54: Gnarly Old Tree

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© Claire Glazebrook – Fotolia.com

Here’s a pic of a tree with gnarly, twisted roots. I love old trees like this. They make me think that colonies of wood elves or fairies could be living hidden within the tangled roots or under the tree, just beneath the surface.

What images does it conjure for you?

Write a story or poem about this gnarly old tree. If you post it on your website, please come back and let me know…I’d love to read what you come up with.

Happy writing!


Writing Prompt #53: The Vulture

Here’s a new writing prompt (’bout damn time, I know). It’s a creepy photo of a vulture. Aw, isn’t the carrion eater so cute? Your job is to write his poem/story. Be sure and let me know if you come up with something. I’d love to read it. 🙂

Happy writing!

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© Pali A – Fotolia.com

Oh, and a couple years ago I wrote a micro-fiction story about vultures. You can read it here: Slim Pickings.


Writing Prompt #52: Mime, with Knife


What the hell is the point of them, anyway?

Maybe it’s murder.

Here’s a pic of a psychotic-looking, punk-style mime holding a butcher knife. I think that is one mime show I’d want to miss.

If you write a super scary Halloween story featuring this knife-wielding mime, be sure to come back here and leave me a link. I’d love to read what you come up with.

Happy writing!

Image courtesy of Dreamstime.


Writing Prompt #51: I Want My Mummy!

It’s almost time for Halloween.

So my next couple of writing prompts will be horror themed.

Here’s a mummy that looks like it’s screaming.

Write the story.

If you post a story based on this image to your website, please come back and leave me a link in the comments section. I’d love to read what you come up with.

Image courtesy of Neil Lockhart.