Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Think Tank - #15 Remembering

By Mary Kling


Many of you may be familiar with Leonard Cohen. He wrote the songs Susanne, Hallelujah, That's No Way to Say Good-bye, and so many others. A few years ago he also wrote a book called Book of Longings which consists of some of his less-well-known poems and drawings. One of the poems included in this book is Who Do You Really Remember?

Think about who you remember. A parent, grandparent, childhood friend, a friend you lost touch with, a former love. Perhaps even the you you were way back when. Anyone from your past. Write a poem about this person so that we might get to know him / her from your perspective. When you are finished, link it here. We are looking forward to meeting someone you remember and sharing with you someone who we remember too.

This week’s prompt, quote and photo was provided to us by Mary Kling. We would like to thank her for a very thought provoking prompt and look forward to more of her contributions.

If you would you like to know more about Mary please visit her blog In the Corner of My Eye.

There 3 simple rules:

1. Don’t link to more than 2 poems per week.

2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.

3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.




33 comments:

  1. I linked Cohen's song to only play when at this post. I hope it works as Im am learning how to do things with code. Thanks again Mary for a great Prompt and I look forward to seeing what folks write. This one is challenging!!

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  2. It was so cool to hear Cohen's song. Great prompt. I have not written something new, but posted a poem I wrote a while ago, about someone who meant so much to me in my life. The words of the prompt immediately brought her to mind - there's no-one else for me to write about.

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  3. I love this one. I cheated a bit in that I used one I wrote a bit ago. But I think that it is perfect for this. I will write another one today though. Love and Light, Sender

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  4. Thanks for this one Mary! I love Leonard!
    I will be back later.
    Pamela

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  5. Thanks Mary. I had so many special people clamoring to mind. I wrote about my maternal mothers. Love the TTT!

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  6. I love Leonard too... I actually nominated him for Governor General of Canada. (You can find it on my blog). I wrote this piece care of the prompt and it is my second so I hope you enjoy. Thanks everyone. Love and Light, Sender

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  7. There is only one person who springs to mind and I already posted a poem, not too long ago, about him. Hmmm. Will try to write a new poem, and maybe copy the link to the older poem on that page for anyone who might have missed it. GREAT prompt, the stuff of nostalgia, my favorite emotion:)

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  8. Thanks Mary, for an excellent prompt! =)

    -Weasel

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  9. Just wrote this poem this morning. Actually I hadn't known what I was going to write for the prompt when Robert used it. An idea came. I work under pressure. LOL. Glad to see so many Leonard Cohen fans out there! Looking forward to reading your words!

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  10. This is a poem I wrote many many years ago for my Grandma...she was the first person that came to mind when I saw the wonderful prompt...thank you Mary.
    Look forward to reading everyones. :-)

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  11. Such a great prompt, and good for me, too. I wrote the poem first and then visited the prompt. I put the word 'remember' in the last line of the poem--it made it so much better!! Really love Poet's United!!

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  12. I love Leonard Cohen too, ;)

    My first time joining in with this prompt...I wrote something a week ago that so fitted I had to post it.

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  13. I am not familiar with Leonard, but I will go check out his work. I'm intrigued~ Thank-you!

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  14. oops, I goofed, sorry, that is why 2 posts!

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  15. Okay, I didnt post the one I was thinking of, but another one, from my archives, of another remarkable person in my life. The two I tried writing today just didnt cut it:)

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  16. I have written two for this prompt.
    One is positive and the other, well, is not so... Thanks Mary!
    Pamela

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  17. Kids, I cant believe the wealth of wonderful poems and memories and stories this fantastic prompt sparked today. What a rich read! A repast, a feast! Thank you, all:)

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  18. Hope this one is good enough. It is kind of long but it was worth it to me to be able to remember who I used to be. Hope you enjoy... ~Kristie

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  19. This was an excellent poetry prompt, which I could have written about from several angles. The easy words, would have dealt with loss of a dear relation and remembering all that they were to me. My poem considers, my longing for the choices in life, that I never had. A personal rememberance.

    Eileen

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  20. I was very busy yesterday and had to write my poem in the early morning. Took me quite a while! In honor of my best friend Denise...

    Hallelujah

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  21. This is such a good prompt and I have many I have written and many I want to write. I have the idea of having a character study book out one of these days. :)Thanks Mary for giving me lots of food for thought.

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  22. I am so sorry about the first Judy Roney url..please disregard. I'm new at this but think I have it now (on the second Judy Roney). The first link is not my poetry blog.

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  23. I'd like to express my thanks to all who commented so warmly on my poem - it meant a lot to me. I enjoyed taking many a walk down your lanes of memory too, so many heart-felt poems. I'm sorry I could not leave a comment on every site.
    Kerry

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  24. I was just reading this book again last week. It's one of the few poetry books that tugs me along through it. He's one of my few consistent inspirations. Glad you also like it, and are boosting it here. Stranger Music is also a good collection of his earlier poetry mixed in with many of his song lyrics, but the Book of Longing really resonates his long perspective on internal conflict, his dark comedy of the human condition, and profoundly resigned longing.

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  25. As always late to my own party. I'd like to think fasionably so. Thank you for making me reflect though Mary. I thought about the grandma I barely knew. The only one I knew and it made me smile. These prompts are wonderful especially now that many folks are involved. I hope to read all the posts as the weekend progresses.

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  26. I truly am glad so many have done this prompt. Words are gifts. Some wonderful reflective writing was shared. And if you haven't posted yours yet, there is still time. I've commented on everyone's poem, and have enjoyed reading comments of others too. Makes for a sense of community when poets support one another. Write on!

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  27. Sorry for taking so long, was a bit busy. I really enjoyed writing this one. Hopefully you guys will enjoy also. Quite the prompt this week....

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  28. Well, I posted mine just now. Love the prompt, and Leonard Cohen, goes without saying. :)

    Thanks!

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  29. When I saw the prompt I thought of my grandpa.Thanks Mary for your loving prompt.

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  30. This is about a very important person that was in my life. Actually, we found Leonard Cohen together.I too wrote this before(last month)

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