Poem Tryouts: Indelible

22 Sep

9:08 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Daylight by Maroon 5

Hello, everyone. All well, I hope. The car fit in the garage, yesterday, for the first time in weeks, thanks to a niece and her husband, who carted off a load of furniture. The house is habitable. Now we fine tune.

The idea for the prompt comes from a poem written by Sara way back in January, in  response to another prompt of mine. That prompt asks for a moment in a movie, or on television, that evoked a response from you. This is similar, but it’s not the response as much as an image, I am interested in. Read the last six lines of the poem then come back.


Okay? Okay. Is there a television show or a movie you cannot rewatch because of an indelible image? There are plenty of shows and movies I don’t watch because my imagination is far too active, but only one I won’t watch and that’s the movie The Great Escape. Possibly if I had watched it as an adult, or at least an older teenager, I would have been okay, but I was twelve and the scene where the escapers hit the fence and are frozen in the lights gave me nightmares and has never left my consciousness.

Think of one such image for yourself and write the image, or write the moment, or write the part of you that cannot deal with the image. Although I am asking for an autobiographical moment, feel free to write in third person and to make up details, as needed.

But I have none, you cry. I’ll take a photograph you saw in the news, or a magazine, even an image so well described in a novel that you remember it and have not reread the novel. For me that would be something from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Let’s see what you come up with. I look forward to visiting you. Yes, I am finally back (yes, it’s about damn time). I’ll see you Thursday for links and next Tuesday for our image prompt.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 22/09/2015 in exercises, poetry


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29 responses to “Poem Tryouts: Indelible

  1. pmwanken

    22/09/2015 at 2:52 pm


    Not me! My
    can’t stand to watch!

    (A quick little piku in not-so-fond memory of Kathy Bates’ ankle-breaking scene in Misery.)

    • georgeplace2013

      22/09/2015 at 3:12 pm

      I know what you’re talking about though I never watched it. The same thing happens to me…. the bottom of my feet tingle in an unpleasant way.

      • pmwanken

        22/09/2015 at 5:08 pm

        That movie was what instantly came to mind, and that scene. I don’t even like to think about it…and when I see the name as I scroll through TV listings, or whatever, I quickly keep going…carefully to not linger too long there! LOL

    • margo roby

      22/09/2015 at 4:51 pm

      Hah! Cute and clever!

    • Hannah Gosselin

      22/09/2015 at 7:28 pm

      The worst! That’s one I can relate to.

    • whimsygizmo

      23/09/2015 at 1:28 pm

      Ahhhhhh! DITTO! Her Annie was one of the best badguys EVER.

    • purplepeninportland

      25/09/2015 at 6:10 pm

      Oh no! I remember that gruesome scene.

    • pmwanken

      22/09/2015 at 5:10 pm

      I wasn’t much of a TZ fan…I guess I chose not to watch it when I was babysitting and it was the only thing on those late nights! However, I’ve heard stories of Tina. And yes, I’d probably lump that into the same category of “not to watch again”.

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    22/09/2015 at 7:22 pm

  3. b_y

    23/09/2015 at 6:52 am

    All the gore and zombies on the screen are nowhere near as cringe-making as seeing something happen to someone’s hand. But I couldn’t go there.

    • margo roby

      23/09/2015 at 12:33 pm

      Agreed on both counts. I’m guessing that people can watch all the stuff on the screen because there’s a remove. That remove doesn’t happen for me.

  4. barbcrary

    23/09/2015 at 10:22 am

    Well, that was disturbing. Which I suppose was the point after all, dear Margo.

    • margo roby

      23/09/2015 at 12:34 pm

      Every now and then a little disturbance is good.

  5. whimsygizmo

    23/09/2015 at 1:26 pm

    • margo roby

      23/09/2015 at 2:07 pm

      Grin. That seems to have been the general reaction… bonus for me.

  6. purplepeninportland

    23/09/2015 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my poem, Margo!
    Mine is up at:

  7. julespaige

    24/09/2015 at 5:55 pm

    • margo roby

      25/09/2015 at 8:30 am

      I know, Jules, or the violence. It’s as if, instead of getting stronger in dealing with things, our emotions get more fragile.


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