Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank # 78 - Off The Cuff

You have come here today possibly looking for inspiration and we are going to turn it around on you.  Today, right now, stop what you are doing and write.  If you have taken the time to visit and read this post then you can take another moment or two to write something, anything.  Throw caution to the wind and see what this very moment inspires in your pen.

Do not be lame and post something you wrote earlier this week. That’s what the poetry pantry is for.  We are calling out your current creativity not your past writings.  We will know if you wrote it before because it will be time stamped on your blog.  We may even post a Tsk Tsk if we see that is what you did.  Challenge yourself to write for the moment.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It doesn’t need to be revised a dozen times.  It just needs to be written now.

We look forward to reading your off the cuff poetic exploration.  It will be fun to see what inspires you instantaneously.

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. I wrote this just half an hour before i saw the prompt. Is it breaking the rule?

  2. I've written an aubade in sestina. It was a sudden exploration alright. The idea came to me this afternoon.

  3. I usually write my entries for the BuddhaRocks Project on the fly, inspired by a photograph. It's a fun way to see what pops out.

    (Everyone is welcome to join in, but the way - click on the title of my post for more info)

    I also host a weekly photo prompt (open to all) each Monday on my photo-blog: Bifocal Univision

  4. This was super fun ! Wrote a free verse immediately :)

  5. Poets United,

    Very good timing, with the poetry prompt for this week. Some problematic composing!!!!


  6. Unique challenge; I was torn, but loved it...may try it again!

  7. I just finished mine right now. REALLY new. I will be making the rounds with those who reciprocate. I, like everyone, appreciate comments.

  8. Off the cuff?
    From the heart,

  9. Wrote quickly, and felt like I was channeling Harlan Ellison. It was fun!!

  10. I haven't visited my blog in some time. Facebook had me intertwined with being connected to my peeps. So, lo and behold, I log on. Clicked on the blogs that I follow and this line caught my attention: "You have come here today possibly looking for inspiration and we are going to turn it around on you. Today, right now, stop what you are doing and write." It also brought a tear to my eye. I have to admit I did not pick up a pen. I just typed. Thanks for the inspiration. I feel alive again. Peace out. Happy Holidays.

  11. I finished mine within an hour, that's very quick for me. Must be the prompt. Wait, what was the prompt again? Must have missed it ;) Thank you for this opportunity. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. And happy holidays too.

  12. Woo Hoo!!!
    I'm back

  13. you didn't say we couldn't use other prompts, too. i've been wanting to use the image for over a month!

    have a great weekend!

  14. Some may find my post controversial. It is not intended to upset. It is a reflection of what happened at football [soccer] matches in the 70's and 80's and in some countries, still happens.

  15. Can't wait to read your poetry. Check mine out if you get the chance.
    Erick Flores

  16. Haven't been here for a while... But thank you for stopping me from turning my computer off... *big grin*

  17. It's midnight where I am, and I have trouble focusing, so the first image was just what I needed. Thank you for the prompt!

  18. excited for some good poetry this week!

  19. also... how can i be added to the blog roll?

  20. my post is really weird and off the cuff


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