Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #51 - Time-Out

"Time-Out" by Ella Wilson

We are trying something new at Poets United. On the first Thursday of the month we are using a photo as a prompt. This post and photo will be brought to us monthly by one of our very own talenetd members Ellen (Ella) Wilson.

I like to call this new feature, “Reflection”. How do photos impact our poetry, our view? What insight arrives when you see a photo, what memories speak to you, what do you see beyond the image, what words arrive? Jot them down and please share your reflective view with us. Do you see a quiet moment of solitude, perhaps a marriage proposal or kids playing nearby. Do memories of your childhood flashback, maybe your children or grandkids? Whatever this photo may inspire we are surely excited to read what you wrote.

Our Monthly "Reflection" photo prompt is provided to us by Ella Wilson . We would like to thank Ella for her inspiring photos and for helping us out here at Poets United. If you would like to know more about Ella, see her other photos or read her poetry please visit the blog below:

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. Another one from my back pocket. Very nice photograph, Ella.

  2. strangely enough, i just wrote a poem yesterday featuring a bench that looks just like that. spooky.

  3. Photo prompts always work for me.

    I have a weekly photo prompt feature each Monday on my photo blog: Bifocal Univision

    All are welcome to join in! New photo each week!

  4. I love this new feature...thank you, Robb, and great idea, Ella! Visual stimulation is a wonderful way to unlock what's in our hearts and heads. l will definitely be stopping by on the first of each month...:)

  5. i love old things...especially ones that absorb

  6. This photo doesn't spur my muse.
    My brain is feeling clenched.
    I don't do well with images
    And fear that I've been benched.

    Here's a limerick that has nothing to do with benches: Demanding Limerick.

  7. I started this poem a few days ago, and this prompt gave me the inspiration to finish it. Thanks Ella.


  8. Its a wonderful picture! Utter beauty! It inspired so much thought! But I finally chose to write about love :) Thanks for the prompt!

    Its a Warm Winter Afternoon

  9. Thank you,Robb, I'm blushing! Madeleine, you are clever and funny! I look forward to everyone's words; I just made it back home and now hope to jot my thoughts down. Thank you everyone for your kind words; I look forward to what you all visualize and see beyond the bench! Can't wait to read everyone's poem! ;-D

  10. cool to look at the blogroll and see ella's lovely photo over and over again!

  11. Thanks for the prompt - I am inspired by photo's too.

    Anna :o]

  12. Thank you everyone for contributing! are sweet~

  13. I really love the play of light and shadow in the photo. It evokes deep emotion and it was very inspiring to my poem.

  14. Poets United,

    I like to sit in my 'Comfort Zone', very often.


  15. A bit of ambiguity on that bench


    PS I do a digital art image challenge each Tuesday, if anyone is interested. You have all week to respond. It can be found here:

    Thanks Ella, love the pic and what came to the surface.

  16. Cool pic! I have to dash, but can't wait to come back and read some of the submissions. Thanks PU and Ella!

  17. Excellent theme, seriously the best theme ever!
    Tried poking my mind and asking what I see, and here it is
    The part-time BENCH
    Thanks for the opportunity :-)

  18. I enjoyed writing about this. Thank you Ella.

  19. Thank you all; I loved all the images that came to mind reading your amazing poems!

  20. I tried for a haiku, but it's not quite... It is syllabic, however.


  21. Loved the photo, great inspiration, thanx Poets United team :)

  22. This brought back childhood summer memories of piano lessons (when I wanted to be outside playing).

  23. Thank you to all those who help in organising these fabulous events for us all to take part in~! So much creative talent.


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