Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Thursday Think Tank # 82 - The Road

When you sit there and think of the word “Road” do you actually see a highway and the person next to you not paying attention or do you think of the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz.  Maybe you reflect on a road trip where you and 3 other friends went half way across the country just because you were young and you could.  Maybe you see the road to nowhere and cringe at that thought.  What road will your writing take you down today, the streets of Spain or Italy, a back alley littered with dirty secrets? 

Every morning many of us get up groggy eyed and thick headed and fight our way into the current reality of life.  That reality requires us to go to work to earn our keep.  That trip to work requires us to get on a road to get there.  This may be the literal road where we pass many others that are doing the same, all of us navigating in and out of morning traffic, or it may be the figurative road we are all traveling on in life.  Whatever road you are on we want to hear about it.

We can’t wait to travel down your road and see the world through your eyes and pen.  So fill up your take and set off down the road of poetry and be sure to share it with us.

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  1. A little rework of an older poem today. I hope you like it.

  2. i wrote this today and THEN saw this prompt. spooky!

  3. Poets United,

    I love the freedom of this subject......


  4. Thank you for another great prompt. Enjoyed this one. I wrote about the road to now a few days ago but life and the road we travel, is a never ending subject really, isn't it. :)

  5. I was on a rail road today, and wrote from the train - hope this isn't stretching it too much...!

  6. Thanks for a great prompt. It inspired this haiku:
    The long, angry road
    to U.S. presidency
    corrupts all takers.
    Mad Kane's Political Madness

    1. even if again ... tonight I am a triangle...which sounds something like the beginning of a bar/bat mitzvah recitation :)

  7. Mine is not new, but about a road, a path, actually..

  8. Thanks again for the inspiration, my friends.

  9. Always up for one more highway song! Thanks so much.

  10. Thanks for the prompt... I've been travelling a lot for the past few weeks. Finally gathered my thoughts and wrote something :)

  11. Fun prompt! Lots of inspiration to be found out there on the road :)

  12. After reading some of your wonderful poems, I came up with "A Poet's Road". They were all so inspirational and I look forward to reading more.
    PS. I'm having trouble posting a comment on some of the blogspot sites and I can't see what the problem is but I'll keep trying.
    Norma (Poetry and Icecream)

  13. In the midst of ending Two long wars, it is sometimes very easy to forget about those who fought it. Many are physically, mentally and emotionally injured. They need help! Like many Americans, I don't have much in the way of monetary donations. So, I thought I'd do what I could. I created a page on my blog called, "Poetry for Wounded Warriors. Please post your poems about the military, soldiers, veterans etc. there. (As well as any poetry dealing with physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional healing.) It will be open all year. I do request that people stay respectful towards our nation and her heroes, leave politics at home and come armed with the love and compassion that our brave men and women so rightly deserve. Thank you for your participation and may God shine down upon our nation's true 1%, her Soldiers! The link is listed below:

  14. So many directions to go on this this prompt Robb and everyone! :-)

  15. While the poem's not strictly about the road, rather about the end of a road ... I am still on the road vacationing and only have access to some things already online, so hope that's excuse enough for reposting an old favourite of mine ...

  16. Mine is up. Will read tomorrow. Great photos!

  17. Steve Federle, I love your road poem, but was unable to leave a comment on your blog.


  18. Please let me know what you think of my poem. It's my first post in a long time. It feels good to get back into it.

  19. I hope I haven't followed the prompts too loosely. My sort-of-non-poem is a stream of conciousness about each moment branching out into different paths. Sort of roads, crossroad and forks in roads. Apologies for this one not really resembling a real poem. Sometimes they come out that way :)


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