Sunday, September 27, 2020

Writers' Pantry #39: Plums and feathers

New acquaintances: 'Oh, you're a writer. What do you write?'

Rosemary: 'Poetry, mainly.'

Them: 'What kind of poetry?' 

Me: 'Um, all kinds.' (Which I'm aware is uninformative, albeit true.)

End of that conversational topic, usually – except for those who enquire if they should have heard of me, to which the answer is no.

But sometimes they ask, 'Where do you get your inspiration?'

Of course the answer to that is equally broad and unhelpful: 'Everywhere.' Though I do add that I respond to online prompts, among other things.

I love the way the community member we know as Magical Mystical Teacher put it recently:

From the ripened plum,

from the raven’s tailfeather,
let there be stories! 

Oh yes!  

And how brilliantly those two examples suggest the whole of the natural world.

Dear wordsmiths, please share with us your poetry or prose, old or new, fictional or fact, from any and every source of inspiration, and leave us your link below.

If you're giving us prose, please keep it to 369 words max (excluding title). The prompt will stay open for a week
, which we hope is time enough for us all to come up with something, to enjoy reading what everyone else shares, and to leave them some encouraging comments.

Please add your piece (just one per person) to Mister Linky, and leave us a comment here too if you'd care to.

Advance notice:
on Wednesday Magaly will be asking us for poetry or prose inspired by anything October. Think of traditions, colors, rituals, folklore, memories of events lived in that month… and then write.

Material shared here is presented for study and review. Poems, photos, and other writings and images remain the property of the copyright owners, usually the authors. (Older material may be out of copyright). Both of these photos are from Unsplash, with thanks to Daiga Ellaby for the feather and Markus Spiske for the plum.


  1. Happy Sunday every one


    1. Same to you, Gillena! Your post today certainly helped make mine happy.

  2. How sweet to see one of my haiku appear in your post this morning, Rosemary. Thank you. As an aside, some plums are more inspiring than others. That's why we poets have to keep looking everywhere for inspiration. We never know where it will pop up. Happy writing, everyone!

  3. Thank you Rosemary for the lovely prompt and sharing the beautiful haiku

    1. There are such wonderful writings within this community!

  4. Happy Sunday, everyone! I am looking forward to reading everyone's posts.

    1. Thanks, Jenna. Where would writers be without readers?

  5. MMT's haiku is lovely...good choice for a prompt.Enjoy Sunday.

  6. Rosemary, I love the introductory exchange. I've lived versions of it. And your response is just perfect, in word and thought.

    Also, I really like MMT's poem!

    1. Some wags (or those who think they are) sometimes ask with a wink and a leer, 'Do you write DIRTY poems, ha ha ha?' To which I reply, calm and straight-faced,'Yes.'


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