Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #62 - The 3rd Letter of Your First Name

"I often fantasize about torturing some of the lazier letters of the alphabet, like C, U, and E, because together they only manage to accomplish as much as the solitary letter Q."
~ Jarod Kintz (It Occurred To Me)

If you have not noticed yet we like to shake things up a bit now and then here at the Thursday Think Tank. Our prompts are all over the place and today will be no different. It’s a simple idea. Take your first name (Pen Names and Nick Names are fine). Count three letters over and let that inspire your poem. Yes let one slightly random simple letter inspire your writings today.

"Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character."
~Johann Kaspar Lavater

A simple letter can be so empowering. I can clearly remember the days when I first learned to write. I was so proud to make that huge bubble in the R and for other people to recognize it. Then I began writing my name on the walls with crayons and realized the power of letters. They can help, hurt or just amaze. So what will your letter do? Will it get you yelled at by mom for being somewhere it shouldn’t or will it take us all on adventure that you yourself had no clue you were going to take today?

"Each letter of the alphabet is a steadfast loyal soldier in a great army of words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories. One letter falls, and the entire language falters."
~Vera Nazarian

A simple alphabet letter can be the building block to so much or so little. The question is what will you do with a letter today? We can’t wait to see and possibly learn more about you today. Don’t forget to tell us where your letter came for either as we are always excited to learn about the folks here in our community.

Now I know my ABCs what type of poem will you share with me?

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. It was really hard for me not to post a cheesy Sesame Street Song to go along with this lol. Hope you all have fun with this one.

  2. I love the pictures for today though! TMBG4life!! LOL

    "here come the ABCs" is one of my favorite albums of ALL TIME, and that is not even because i am a mom. it just ROCKS. hey, wait R is the letter i'm working with here, R for ROCK AND ROLL. obviously. thank you!

  4. tough stuff...but hey a worthy challenge

  5. I haven't joined in for a while ... can't wait to read everyones!

  6. "From 'I' to the other letters", which I just updated from a couple of years ago, coincidentally fits the prompt.

  7. This is fun. Nice to meet all of you ~

  8. Yes, great fun. And who would have thought one could mine so much from the letter "Y"?!


  9. Thank you for the opportunity, Poets United.

  10. Good prompt .. have added a spur-of-the-moment whimsical poem for this.

  11. Poets United,

    I have posted an old poem, as I am on holiday.


  12. Oh, so sorry; a glitch. Inadvertently posted same link twice.

  13. it has been awhile since I have posted here but I do keep tabs on you all ;) This one I wanted to try - sounds like fun.

    I'll be around to read everyone's links in the am (getting late.)

    thanks and feels good to re-connect here.

  14. Back to WWW2, I fear. But a clever ;ittle prompt, for which much thanks.

  15. I went dark on this one; my week drove me in this direction.

  16. I just posted "The U in You"


  17. I tried to use as many u's as i could :)

  18. This was hard! I have no idea if I even like my own attempt, but... I tried! Now off to see what the rest of you have come up with! *smile* Thanks for a great prompt!


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