Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Thursday Think Tank - #18 Complaining

Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?
~W.S. Gilbert

The dictionary defines the word complain as a way of expressing dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.  What makes you want to gripe?  What’s a gripe you hear too much of?  Why isn’t Poets United on time with their stuff lately?  I say that in jest because we know you all are understanding, but I thought it would be interesting to call for a poem or prose inspired by complaints.  The squeaky wheel gets the oil so make sure you squeak real loud.  We are interested to see what you want to gripe about in a creative way. 

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  1. What's the use in complaining? No-one cares. Ah well...your prompt reminded me of a poem/ e-mail I sent a friend when I was having a really bad day...

  2. This poem could also be called Education...what a beat up system.

  3. Can hardly wait to read what everyone puts up. Though it'll have to wait to the weekend. Be Inspired Today! Love and Light, Sender

  4. Hilarious prompt and , Kerry, your comment made me laugh out loud! Am happy to have the prompt,now cant wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  5. You are funny, make us wait and then a grumble I just returned home from shopping, so I was already agitated, good timing! Dinner, then take 3 teenagers to a football game. I wrote my quick...but maybe I will have another one, when I return~

  6. We all need to vent at times. =)

  7. Robert,
    This was a tough prompt, but annoyance with recent dishonesty quickly called some thoughts to mind!!
    Hope it works...


  8. This piece is total fiction!

  9. My Thrusday poem for Complaining

    I agree to the above all...there is no use in complaining :)

  10. Hi,
    Happy to have this prompt..Here is mine..

  11. When I hear the word complaint I automatically think of WORK!

  12. My poem comes from 2 overheard comments in the botanical gardens.

  13. I wish I could say my poem is total fiction, on the contrary it is quite true. :-)

  14. do not no if this is complaining...but it came to my mind..bkm


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