Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #52 - Animals

"I know at last what distinguishes man from animals: financial worries."
~Romain Roland

This week we offer a very broad topic for you to run wild on with your imagination. When you see the word “Animal” what is the first creature that pops in your head? A lion, a tiger, a bear…oh my! Ok that was a bit of a reach there I know it, but seriously, what is the first thing that you think when you see the word animal. Do you envision cute and cuddly or large and ferocious? Does your favorite pet capture your thoughts or do you wonder about nature? Whatever you think of we hope that it inspires you to write.

This week’s prompt does not have to be specifically about an animal, just as long as the poem mentions an animal of any sort that will suffice. It can be deep, dark and dreary like Poe’s “The Raven” or it can be as subtle as saying “my heart fluttered as if it were the wings of a butterfly” and the rest of the poem pursues the idea of…gag, cough, wheeze…true love.

Unleash your inner animal and let it come roaring out of your pen and onto your paper. We can’t wait to see what kind of zoo you will turn Poets United into 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. This is an old one about someone who helped me through a very lonely time.

  2. Well, of course you know which animal sprang to mind! The old Pupster!

  3. I've got cats, dogs, fish...but here is one about a frog.

  4. I have a fascination with creatures great and small (even Leopard frogs!), so it was difficult to choose only two to share. :-) The second one isn't specifically about an animal, but it does have a mighty steed as a main character.

  5. This is an old piece revisited. May try a newer one later,


  6. I missed last week's b/c I was getting ready to go out of town, so this is a comination of both (bench and animal).

  7. Mine is a little different but is about the first things that came to mind when I read the prompt. thanks for visiting my site

  8. Great prompt! I've posted a poem I wrote a few years ago. I wrote it after a friend told me that she had seen a bear that weekend while on a camping trip in northern Arizona.

  9. It has been a while since I joined in at the think tank, I thought I would remedy that this week and so wrote something for this prompt.

    It is good to be back.:-)

  10. an apology to any poet who doesn't have 'name/url' or 'anon' as a profile choice as I am unable to convince google/blogger to sign me in, so I can't leave a comment

    this is a problem I have been having for the past couple of weeks

  11. Robb, thanks for going to the trouble of giving me your advice re signing in. I followed your steps to the letter ... and it didn't work. My difficulties are complicated by the fact that blogger turns to Arabic on me when I sign out. Even the sign in box goes backwards which is very disconcerting. Sadly I have to remain anon.


    ps now I have lost all my followers

  12. This is a set of poems I am truly excited about reading ... after all I relate to animals much more than humans.

  13. Ok, this is a bit psychotic, but here you go!

  14. not new, i'm afraid ~ hoping to have some of the major problems with my laptop fixed next week so i can catch up on everyone's blogs.

  15. 伟大的提示!我已经张贴在几年前我写了一首诗 。我写了它后,一个朋友告诉我,她看到了熊的那个周末 ,tory burch julianne wedge


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