Tuesday Tryouts: Something Old, Something New

12 Jul

9:50 a.m. — Walnut Creek

Hello, dear readers. I am a trifle late, but was hoping the fuzziness enveloping my brain would disappear. Woke up with a migraine and am now feeling quite lightheaded. As a result you get another week’s grace before I toss you in the deepend with the next form, because I need a fully working brain to explain it.

Short and sweet:

Jot down four lists: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Try for at least six items per category. Remember that you can be metaphorical as well as literal. You can be as creative and imaginative and as out of the box as you would like.

Take one item from each list and use the four in a poem. Allow the four to suggest your focus. Write in free verse or start shifting back into form mode by using one of the ones we have gone over in the past few weeks, or another form that you know.

If you wonder ‘Can I?’ The answer is ‘Yes’.

Remember to post a link so I, and others, can enjoy your poem. I shall see you Thursday for thoughts on freewriting and free verse; Friday, for the roundup; and next Tuesday, when, hopefully, I shall present you another form.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 12/07/2011 in exercises, poetry, writing


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21 responses to “Tuesday Tryouts: Something Old, Something New

  1. wordsandthoughtspjs

    12/07/2011 at 4:21 pm

    Interesting prompt, Margo. I will have something in a couple of days. Sorry to hear about the migraine. i used to suffer from them, and they can be quite debilitating. Then about 4 years ago they just went away, and my doctor has no idea why I had them in the first place.

    Take care.

  2. margo roby

    12/07/2011 at 9:18 pm

    That’s the word, Pamela: debilitating. I can stop them pretty fast, but they still take it out of me. I’m glad yours have left.

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with. This is the type of prompt that can lead anywhere.


  3. vivienne Blake

    13/07/2011 at 2:30 pm

    Poor Margo. Take it easy for a day or two. I grew out of migraines when I was around 60, so there’s hope for you.

  4. anjum wasim dar

    13/07/2011 at 3:49 pm

    Dear margo, Hope you are feeling better. May you be blessed with the best of health always amen Take care and take rest.Concerned. ..a

    • margo roby

      14/07/2011 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Anjum. Your bouquet of flowers is lovely.


  5. vivienne Blake

    14/07/2011 at 11:49 am

    I hope your migraine has vanished. I’m working on my prompt poem, but it’s a long way from being readable! Meanwhile here is the result of Tuesday’s trip:

    • margo roby

      14/07/2011 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks, Viv, for your earlier note. Sixty you say? Bring it on. I would love to have migraines disappear.

  6. vivienne Blake

    15/07/2011 at 8:24 am

    My poem is nonsensical, but other things are intruding on my mind.

    • margo roby

      16/07/2011 at 3:46 pm

      Sometimes nonsensical is healthy, Viv. Especially when you have things on your mind.


  7. Aeria

    15/07/2011 at 11:19 pm

    Hello, I found your site from another blog and loved the different challenges and info on writing.
    Here is what came of this challenge-

    I hope to be back for other challenges and prompts!

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • margo roby

      16/07/2011 at 5:59 pm

      Welcome, Aeria. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you do come back ๐Ÿ™‚


      PS Am on my way to look at your result.

  8. Mike Patrick

    16/07/2011 at 11:28 am

    I’ve learned a lesson here: don’t use the four most diverse words you can come up with.

    • margo roby

      16/07/2011 at 3:49 pm

      And wherever they come from valuable lessons are good…if we remember them. You did make me smile with that, Mike. Keep the lesson in mind when doing We Write Poems’ prompt this week ๐Ÿ™‚ Am going over now to see the cause of the valuable lesson.


  9. pmwanken

    16/07/2011 at 2:15 pm


    I didn’t exactly follow your instructions, but I did use “something old, something new” as part of my prompt for a poem. Here it is…HOPES…AND DREAMS.


    • margo roby

      16/07/2011 at 3:50 pm

      As I always say, Paula: Yep. You can do that ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. wordsandthoughtspjs

    16/07/2011 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Margo, hope all is well. I have been feeling cruddy with the flu. It is a wonder I was able to write anything. I dabbled with this since yesterday, in between cold medicine and rest. I do love this prompt, it has loads of possibilities. Thanks.


    Sprinkles of Sunset

  11. margo roby

    17/07/2011 at 12:52 am

    More cold medicine, Pamela! The flu is so wretched. Everyone seems to have had a rough week one way or the other. Hope you are feeling better.


  12. Annette

    03/08/2011 at 6:27 pm

    Better late than never, right? Here’s my shot at it:

  13. margo roby

    17/08/2011 at 12:02 pm

    Absolutely, Annette. I am hoping the same applies for comments!


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