Thursday, December 6, 2007

Request For Poems, Road Sign

It's time to throw your hat in the ring, and see what the other poets have on their minds. The Linky widget included with this posting is a fine way to leave a link to your poem inspired by the 'Road Sign' prompt, or any other poem you want to share. Comments are available if Linky doesn't work for you, or you want to add encouraging remarks, or any other remarks.

Saturday night, right after 'Hockey Night in Canada', I'll put up the next Totally Optional Prompt ('Hockey Night' ends by 10pm here on the wet coast, although some games are over in the first period). And, thanks for your support.


23 comments:

Mike Mc said...

It's a sad, sad tale. On Sunday a storm came off the ocean and knocked hundreds of trees down on the roads, knocked out the power, and knocked a tree through the reservoir roof. I had a boil-water advisory, no heat, and I couldn't go anywhere. Wednesday I had the power back, although it still flickers enough to shut down the computer, and I was able to drive to Olympia, which was good for the cabin fever. There's widespread flooding about 40 miles upstream and that water is starting to arrive so conditions will get a little tough before they get better. It's a sad tale but nevertheless I've gotten off unscathed.

I wasn't able to write about the 'Road Sign', much to my dismay, but I have an 'Animal' poem left over from last week.

This Girl Remembers said...

Oh my goodness, Mike, what an ordeal! And you still managed to come online to get the post up - that's dedication. :) Best wishes are being sent your way for riding out the aftereffects of the storm.

My response to this week's prompt is up at On the Road

sbpoet said...

The title of my poem is in response to the prompt, and that must have, somehow, inspired the poem: This Is Not Paradise Junction.

mike: I remember thinking that it *always" rained in Olympia. Even that changes, I see.

And, an aside: I am really hating the new Blogger commenting. I hope all you Blogger users out there are raising hell about it.

Crafty Green Poet said...

That sounds like a bad storm Mike! My poem is up, I though road sign wouldn't inspire at first but then it helped me write a poem I've been trying to write for a while...

http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com/2007/12/otters-crossing-roadsign-kirkwall.html

Crafty Green Poet said...

Is it just me or has Mr Linky just disappeared?

Anonymous said...

"The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, The answer..."

Mr Linky

gautami tripathy said...

Still you posted, Mike. That is important!

Hope mine fits in.

lifeline of directions

sbpoet: I am doing what I can about this blogger comments. Please check my post below this one.

sister AE said...

Wishing you well, Mike.

My contribution comes from observations in different parts of the country.

Colorful Prose said...

This is not exactly a road sign, but a sign nonetheless...posted a while back...

...deb said...

I saw one blogger with a photo a friend had taken of someone kayaking the I-5. I'm glad that wasn't you, but I'll hope the coming waters slow and do little more harm.

Thanks for getting this call up, Mike.

I *loved* this week's prompt & it took me down my own Hwy 95 memories.

SB--I am not seeing any difference in the Blogger sign-in...it's always been peculiar to me.

rbarenblat said...

Terrific prompt, Mike; thank you!

Alan Bender said...

Thanks for the message Mike. I am awed that you could speak as
... a Child Dancing in the Wind, by W. B. Yeats

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

It was a bad one, all right; we've had more intense storms, but this one lasted longer (actually 2 storms back-to-back). Some places on the coast had hurricane-force winds for two whole days.

tumblewords said...

The news reports have been frightening. I have relatives near there who remained unscathed, as well, so there's certainly plenty to be grateful for and much to be done to get back to normal. Good luck and stay safe!!

Coyote Wash

dick jones said...

Good luck to all affected by the storms.

Meanwhile, back in the land of memories, a poem about a long, unwinding road...

This Blogger address re-jig is a pain in the bum. I have to direct anyone who might follow up my link via my defunct Blogger blog. What does that tell anyone other than I got pissed off with Blogger & now use another host?

Mike Mc said...

Crafty Green: Linky seems to have a mind of its own. It comes and goes on a secret schedule. I have been able to get it back by going somewhere else and coming back.

Mike Mc said...

Crafty Green addendum: Blinky Linky is better than Kinky Linky?

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Sometimes hitting "refresh" will get the linky to reappear as well.

What the hey, it's freeware. One of these days I suppose I'll spring for the upgrade...

aka Danny Wise said...

Sorry to hear about the weather over there, I hope everyone's ok!

Pauline said...

Mike: Glad you escaped. The spots I visited this summer on the Oregon coast have taken a battering as well. I have relatives there but so far they're ok.

Folks let me know that my link was not working. I posted it again but if it doesn't work try this:

http://www.prophetswords.blogspot.com

Thanks.

HL said...

Is this cool or what? Local poets all ready to rumble

Consider: In the current issue of the journal The American Scholar, poet Douglas Goetsch writes about being asked to lead a "drive-by poetry" field trip composed of New Jersey high school students.

The concept "entails loading the students into a van, cruising around and pulling over near targeted pedestrians. One of the students sticks his or her head out the passenger window and serenades -- or accosts -- the startled pedestrian with some passionately recited lines by Walt Whitman or Pablo Neruda. The kid pops back in, rolls up the window and the van takes off in search of the next victim."

Chelle said...

Mine is inspired by a sign that brings me a smile each time I see it.

Chelle said...

I couldn't resist the urge to add one more haiku.