Saturday, January 10, 2009

Totally Optional Prompt: The Other Side

TOPers, this week I'd like you to write a poem from the point of view of a bad person. It could be someone from history, legend, or fiction; it could be someone who's alive and making headlines. Regardless, someone whose acts you consider criminal or reprehensible.

Really try to get inside this person's head. Do you relish the suffering you cause? Do you feel it's justified by some greater goal? Or are you completely indifferent to it? Did you start off with good intentions which went astray through a series of apparently reasonable decisions? Were you misled by your companions? Or is everything we think we know about you a lie promulgated by your enemies? Are you simply misunderstood? Convince us! This is your chance to present your side of the story.

7 comments:

watermaid said...

This prompt really appeals to me as I'm interested in character and drama. I haven't yet contributed anything to TOPs but I'm working on this one.

Linda Jacobs said...

I love this idea! Great prompt!

rob Kistner said...

Killer ...beware, he's out there...

watermaid said...

I've written from the pov of the Bosnian Serb Ratko Mladic

utopianfragments said...

well, it is very intersting idea and as i had something written long ago about the same subject i sat down to translate it. i am not sure yet if i can be here tommorw to put on the massage so.. it is here: moment http://utopianfragments.wordpress.com/2009/01/14/moment/

Rob and watermaid - how did you made this connection of the link?

watermaid said...

utopianfragments, I think this is the HMTL code you want:

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Your link goes between the inverted commas and what you want to appear between > <.

I expect there will be a Mr Linky tomorrow.

watermaid said...

It won't show the code but makes an erroneous link. Sorry.