Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Think Tank Thursday #107 Sound

Today,  I thought I would share a  poem by Theodore Roethke.    He is  a great sound poet!  Yes, prompt #107 is Sound!

Big Wind

Where were the greenhouses going,
Lunging into the lashing
Wind driving water
So far down the river
All the faucets stopped?—
So we drained the manure-machine
For the steam plant,
Pumping the stale mixture
Into the rusty boilers,
Watching the pressure gauge
Waver over to red,
As the seams hissed
And the live steam
Drove to the far
End of the rose-house,
Where the worst wind was,
Creaking the cypress window-frames,
Cracking so much thin glass
We stayed all night,
Stuffing the holes with burlap;
But she rode it out,
That old rose-house,
She hove into the teeth of it,
The core and pith of that ugly storm,
Ploughing with her stiff prow,
Bucking into the wind-waves
That broke over the whole of her,
Flailing her sides with spray,
Flinging long strings of wet across the roof-top,
Finally veering, wearing themselves out, merely
Whistling thinly under the wind-vents;
She sailed until the calm morning,
Carrying her full cargo of roses.

Theodore Roethke

 What first comes to mind when you think of sound?  Perhaps laughter, rain, waves pounding on the beach, a thunderstorm, wind chimes, a bubbling brook, popcorn popping, music or birds singing...
I want you to pen a poem that shares one of your favorite sounds. YOU can use one from my list, but there are so many more to choose from.  Or you could go the Simon & Garfunkel route, the Sounds of Silence. I look forward to hearing your poems ;D 

Chimes 1by ~littlegett


The Birdsby *MarquisDeAhhs


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.

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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. Thanks very much for this prompt. I wrote a music-related limerick, combining the limerick form with the fun, but obscure, "macaronic verse." What the heck's macaronic verse? It a humorous form which mixes two languages. In the case of my Macaronic Music limerick, my verse is packed with musical terms.

  2. Thanks for the nice prompt. I have used the picture "laughterby ~lauafer" I hope it's fine. Please do tell me if I should remove it. :)

  3. I combined this prompt with a dVerse one that seemed to suit it too Sound and Balance... :) Thanks Ella.

  4. Ella!! Hello...I love the images and ideas you've collected!! Very inspired and inspiring! :)

    Warm smiles to all!!

  5. Hello Hannah! :D Thank you, so fun to try to hear our words... I can't wait :D Warm smiles to you~

    Bren-Wow, this sounds cool...I'll be by soon :D

    Vaishali Jain-This should be fine :D

    Madeleine-Sounds great and thank you for explaining! This sounds fun...

    Dennis Go-How very cool :D

  6. My Tumalo Creek poem was used (oh surprise) for a reminder to the community that the creek should not be piped - closed over. It was posted in Facebook - on the site Stop the Drain. I didn't know that was happening when I wrote it!!!! Guess it's all good.

  7. Thanks for the Roethke poem! Loved it. Mine is up at

  8. love this prompt, Ella! i've been trying for days to write a poem for another prompt and it all fell into place when i focused on a sound! thank you!


  9. Ella,

    I have been caring for my grandson this week, so spare time has been difficult to find......
    I heard and found different words eventually.

    Eileen :)

  10. Whew! Finally got the poem done :-) will be visiting soon!

  11. This was a nice topic, thank you. And also for acquainting me with Roethke.

  12. A delightful prompt! I'm going to have fun with this one when I finally get around to it!

  13. Lolamouse, Couldn't leave a comment on your site, but wanted you to know that this had me from the first line and continued to make beautiful music.

  14. Funny how words and pictures can link sound. Mine is here: not sure if my link worked.


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