Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank - #47 Toes

I was recently sitting in my office starring at photo on my wall and it kind of inspired this week’s prompt. One of the very first “Couple” photos that my wife and I have of each other is just of our feet on the beach with water running over them. No faces or anything else, just her dainty digits and my hammer toes. It’s a fun photo to explain to our guests. That photo got me thinking about those oddly shaped and sometimes smelly little things called toes.

I was gonna generic the idea a bit and say pick any a place on the body and write about but I’ve backed away from that. Toes themselves can cover a wide ground of wonderfully penned stories and that’s what we will go with.

This week write something that has to do with toes. Maybe you recall the wrinkly feet of a new born or old man. Maybe the idea of being barefoot, toes wiggling in the sand leads you to freedom and vacation. It could also mean you were to poor to afford the socks or the best shoes. Those dang hand me downs were never fun and always two years out style. Maybe toes signal oppression and hatred. Whatever it is you are doing stop for a second and think of your toes. Take off your shoes and remove your socks and stare at those stubby little Frito smelling things. What’s the first thing you think of when you look at them? Have fun and write about it.

As always we look forward to reading what unique and inspiring poems our prompts may lead to. Every persons toes belong to a different story and we can’t wait to see the fun that wiggles out of your pen this week.

If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.

There 3 simple rules:

1. Don’t link to more than 3 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.


  1. Were I on my toes,
    I'd write some arch toe haiku.
    But I've fallen flat.

    On a different topic, here's my Acrostic Limerick: Hot, Cross Lovers

  2. Laughing...I have a foot fetish for my wife's feet (sorry, I can't help it)! They are clean, always polished and adorned with jewelry.

  3. Yay! New here but think I shall visit often!

    Anna :o]

  4. Poets United,

    Fingers feature in my poem, much more than toes. A personal reflection on a condition for life and the daily difficulties.
    I did mention toes!!!

  5. Hello ! I wrote a flash fiction on toes, correct link is the second one. Can you remove the first link which I added by mistake? It links back to Thursday Think Tank. :-\

    Thanks for reading!

  6. I really enjoyed reading about that...LOL

  7. Hadn't thought it could lead to a Toe-nometrics class. Am really really sorry for this for those who hate mathematical equations.

  8. now this is toetally different

  9. After a break, I thought I'd dip a toe back in the water...

  10. This was a timely prompt for me.

  11. excited to read some great work!

  12. this was a really nice prompt,it set my writing wheels working:)


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