Poem Tryouts: If You Could

27 Oct

8:09 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Yellow River sung by Christie (I’ve always loved this song but didn’t know the group singing it, or that they are British)

Hello, everyone. Ready for an image, or two? I came across one, recently, that I immediately fell in love with, then stumbled on one that offers a contrast in perspective. Hang on, while I get them up.

cube setting

by Gustavo Fernandes

Say we live in a time where you can order your own pillar of setting. What would you choose to have depicted in your pillar?

Or, if you want to feel cosier about it, how about a jar you can place on a shelf.

scene in a jar

What is in your jar?

As always, you can approach this in any way your mind takes you. You can be literal, you can be figurative, you can link to something your brain tosses up. You can use both images, or one. You do not have to mention the images from which your poem arises, but you may. I look forward to seeing what happens.

I will see you Thursday for links and Tuesday for a prose based prompt. It’s NaNoWriMo time.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 27/10/2015 in exercises, poetry


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44 responses to “Poem Tryouts: If You Could

  1. Misky

    27/10/2015 at 10:57 am

    A “pillar of what-ing”? Setting? Never mind … I’ll go with the jar. I know what a jar is. 😀

    • margo roby

      28/10/2015 at 10:03 am

      I was going to call it a cube, but it isn’t. I knew setting wasn’t the right word but couldn’t think of anything that made sense. I’m glad you know what a jar is (yes, I am being sassy).

      • Misky

        28/10/2015 at 10:54 am

        I thought it might be some game-playing, virtual reality hoodoo. Nevertheless, I had a bit of fun with this one.

        • margo roby

          28/10/2015 at 1:17 pm

          Nah. Although, now that you mention it, I can see how you would think that. Virtual reality goggles are on my bucket list, except I don’t play the games that will be done in VR first.

      • b_y

        28/10/2015 at 3:37 pm

        It’s like the oblisk in 2001.

        • margo roby

          28/10/2015 at 4:48 pm

          YES! I knew​ there was something familiar but couldn’t pin it.

        • Misky

          29/10/2015 at 7:50 am

          Yes, yes, it is.

  2. Misky

    27/10/2015 at 12:31 pm

  3. writersdream9

    27/10/2015 at 12:45 pm

    I love both of the pictures. Thank you! Here’s my response:

    • margo roby

      28/10/2015 at 10:00 am

      Aren’t they great? So glad you like them.

  4. kaykuala h

    27/10/2015 at 1:11 pm

    A contrast in color attracts the eye for the cubic setting. Here’s Hank’s


  5. kaykuala h

    27/10/2015 at 9:58 pm

  6. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)

    27/10/2015 at 9:59 pm

  7. purplepeninportland

    27/10/2015 at 11:00 pm

    Where did you find these incredible images, Margo?
    Mine is up at:

    • margo roby

      28/10/2015 at 10:00 am

      Sara, one of my favourite things about Pinterest is finding things like this.

  8. pmwanken

    28/10/2015 at 10:24 am

    g’morning…you know I love image prompts, so I’ll probably not be able to resist doing both…however, for now, here is my first:

  9. georgeplace2013

    28/10/2015 at 12:58 pm

    • margo roby

      28/10/2015 at 1:18 pm

      That’s okay, Debi. Toss that baton anytime. I’ll be here.

  10. whimsygizmo

    28/10/2015 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve been juggling several daily prompts this month, so I didn’t think I’d make it over, but MAN that jar visual lured me in. 😉 Thanks for the inspiration, Margo!

    • margo roby

      28/10/2015 at 4:43 pm

      There is something about having something contained in a jar, isn’t there.

    • pmwanken

      02/11/2015 at 2:08 pm

      And BOTH images lured me in…funny that you chose the jar image, as the other one made me think of YOU, immediately. I don’t like the title I chose…but I wanted to get it posted. I may go back and rename it “Deserted Mermaid”.

      • margo roby

        02/11/2015 at 2:47 pm

        Oh, the other one is definitely me, but I figured I’d better have an alternate.

        or, Mermaid, Deserted

  11. b_y

    28/10/2015 at 3:39 pm

    Had a really good idea, but I couldn’t find a handle for it. This is from the debris.

    • margo roby

      28/10/2015 at 4:43 pm

      I’ll take debris, but am awfully sorry the idea didn’t work.

  12. Hannah Gosselin

    30/10/2015 at 4:26 pm

    Inspiring images! Thank you, Margo!

    I will return reads…but ‘m definitely posting and running family is waiting on me to go out for a bite – my apologies.

  13. pmwanken

    30/10/2015 at 5:44 pm

    OK…here’s my second contribution, this time to the first of the two images.

  14. desertdweller29

    01/11/2015 at 3:20 pm

    Took me some time to finish this, but I really enjoyed this prompt. Thanks!

    • margo roby

      01/11/2015 at 4:17 pm

      You are welcome. Glad to have you and your poem.


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