Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pantry of Poetry and Prose: October Is Here…

October is the coollest month, birthing
jack-o-lanterns out of wounded pumpkins, brewing
cackles and traditions, enticing
summer green to fall in red.

We walked through the yard, wondering if anything had sprouted. The grass was dead, but Stetson! Look how lively your dirt trembles. You mightve zilch gardening skills, friend, but your necromancy grows.


It is very likely that someone visiting East Coker today, just felt T. S. Eliot’s bones cringe in their grave. But what can I say? April and October are my favorite months (and The Waste Land one of my favorite poems), so I couldn’t help myself. Besides, October (with Halloween cackling near) is the perfect month to differently-adore the dead writers we love dear.

This season of transitions and thinning veils, always inspires me to try new things, to challenge old thoughts, to mix-it-up and mingle… Keeping that in mind, I invite you to write poetry and prose.

So, for today’s prompt, let us write a new story, or essay, or article, or poem set in the month of October (our prose pieces should be 369 words or fewer).     

This prompt will remain open until Tuesday night. Only one entry per participant. Visit other poets and storytellers. Let’s delight in October words. If you share your contribution on Instagram, use the following hashtag (and we shall connect there, too): #pantryofpoetryandprose.

In case you missed it, on Friday, Rosemary shared D. H. Lawrence and his “Piano” on The Living Dead. And for those who like to craft ahead, Sumana’s next Midweek Motif is “Everyday Living”. 
 

a random note (because, well… October): poetry and storytelling look sooo good united.


Add the direct link to your contribution to Mr. Linky. Have a blast.

32 comments:

  1. Greetings, storytellers and poets! I will probably be in bed when you read this, but I wanted to let you know that my connectivity will be a tad spotty until Sunday evening (NY time). I can’t wait to read your October prose and poetry!

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    1. How quickly you've got me to embrace the short prose pieces. Given the choice, even though it feels natural to me to turn to verse, I chose the prose. Not long ago, I was swearing I couldn't possibly participate in prose prompts! Now I'm so glad I overcame that block.

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    2. Rosemary, these words make me very happy. I always hope that if some of us were giving the chance to play with prose, a loving relationship would start to develop. My work is done!

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  2. That is so spooky! I woke up before six this morning with an October poem in my head and now, by seven o'clock, it's become the poem I've posted!

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    1. The portion of The Waste Land I played with feels very spooky to me, too, Kim. And yay! for October poetry.

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  3. Morning everyone! I show my face after a long time...well, because I can't resist October. She was born in me. :) I'll be reading you, have a wonderful Sunday!

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    1. It is sooo good to read you, Khaya! Can't wait to read your contribution.

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  4. What???? You're going to allow a teeny tiny poem to be part of the process today? Oh, my heart, my heart!!!! :)

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    1. Isn't it glorious? Poetry and Prose dancing together in the same prompt. My heart just danced a bit wilder, too.

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  5. Please delete my first link. I posted before I read that this was a prompted Pantry. I wrote several poems yesterday. I have picked the American Sentence as appropriate for today. Happy October y'all. This is the beginning of my favorite cool season

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    1. This sounds like I’ll get to learn something new!

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  7. Gotta love October - pumpkins, hooty-owls, black cats, witches! Yay!

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  8. Love the colors of fall. And to sit beside the fire with a book to read or write in.

    ps. I'm having problems leaving comments on blogspot and blogger blogs, don't really understand why, but I'll keep trying. ds.

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    1. You paint a lovely picture for the fall.

      Hope you can figure out the Blogger thing.

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  9. Hello... I went all in with darkness today. I hope it works.

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    1. All dark sounds beyond delicious to me (and very October(y), too).

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  10. Nice idea, October is a lovely month, even my birthday comes on the next to last day. I have a prose writing, I am not sure how poetic it will be as it is an account of a chance meeting at the Dollar Store (we did talk October and Halloween).
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    1. We are in luck then. Since we have the choice to write essays, articles and such, not being poetic shouldn't be a problem. :-)

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    2. I just finished reading your story and I LOVE it! A new favorite by you. Also, I'm giggling at the thought of a cane turning into a broomstick (hm... I might have to dress up my walking stick for Halloween). :-D

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  11. Oh, the editing (always makes it stronger) 369 exactly. Thank you!

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    1. I agree. And you are most welcome, Margaret. Even if your poem made me hungry. :-D

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  12. I apologize for not posting a poem that followed the theme. I've posted a new one that hopefully fits better. I hope everyone is having a good start to the week.

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    1. Thank you sooo much for coming back, Rob. I enjoyed your poem very much. May your week be glorious!

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  13. Joining in today Magaly and all! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week.

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    1. I hope your week has been just as fantastic to you.

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  14. I'm late to the party but October calls my name. Did a 100 word prose piece.

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    1. 100 delicious words! I love it so much, Lori. Thank you so much for joining in.

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