Sneaky Inspiration


We have a small group (I mean a really small group) that meets the first Wednesday of the month to talk writing and works in progress and generally encourage one another. My kids and a few friends have their own meeting going on at the same time, and we all look forward to it. The rules are that there are no rules. No minutes to be taken. No bylaws to follow. You don’t have to produce any actual writing. It’s great! Kind of the Anti-Writing Group Group.

With all the pressure taken off to BE SOMEBODY, we relax, eat pastries, and eventually get around to discussing writing. We generally depart with a shrug and smile that “maybe next time” we’ll have an actual writing discussion and get inspired to move forward on our projects.

The funny thing is, there’s a sneaky kind of inspiration happening here. Looking back over my journals, that night or the next day or two, I usually write something that isn’t half bad. At least, it’s still on the paper in my notebook and not crumpled in the garbage can.

It seems that getting nothing done is quite productive. Taking one’s nose off the grindstone for an hour or two actually increases your enthusiasm to get back to it. Maybe I’m not working on great works of art or making any headway with the next book, but some interesting word-y things are happening that are worthwhile.

And that means Wednesday Writers is a success. At least for me. Like poking your head in a Montessori classroom, it looks like everybody is just messing around in there, but what you are really seeing is creativity being born.

I hope you have – or find – or create – your own version of Wednesday Writers. Without rules or expectations, and just get back to the fun of being with like-minded people. You may be surprised at what sneaks up on you.

Reason2Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Trinkets”

Write a poem about (or to!) an inanimate object that has little or no monetary value.

In 2009, Rob Walker and Joshua Glen conducted an experiment in writing and perceived value.  They coaxed 100 writers to pen stories about nearly-worthless objects – tchotchkes, trinkets, cheap souvenirs, you name it – and then they sold the stories with the focus item on eBay.

That little collection of miscellanea, purchased for “a total of $128.74, sold for a whopping total of $3,612.51 — a 2,700% markup. (The most highly valued pairing in the entire project, bought for $1.49 and sold for $197.50, was a globe paperweight with a moving handwritten story by the magnificent Debbie Millman…”  (You can read the full story about the project HERE)

The challenge this week requires you to find that Kid’s Meal toy, Cracker Jack prize, or 1972 carnival souvenir and:

Write a poem about (or to!) an inanimate object that has little or no monetary value.

Let’s see if you can raise the value of an object just through your words!

This is my poem, based on a silver elephant that sits atop my desk…


Little King

How often I have looked at you

With unseeing eyes

As I ponder some lost word or phrase

Until finally,

Your quiet grace begs an audience

And I remember the cinnamon hands

of the child who placed you in mine

that last day of school.

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and be sure to visit other writers and support their work!

(Happy Frog link system is taking a temporary leave of absence.  The Frog Keeper is tired of sorting out its script.)

Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!

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