Posting for Poets United

02 Dec

4:41, Thursday, 2 December 2010 – Atlanta

The reason for the second post in one day is to respond to a prompt from Poets United which invites us to play. The word is “weird” and they say, in part: Have you ever read a poem that was just weird, something that may only make sense to the poet themselves, something so strange you just have to read it a couple times over? Have you ever looked at a painting and thought what on earth is that? We are looking for the abstract and odd today. Let loose your pen and follow no rules. Poetry and prose already violate the supposed rules of writing now we want you to take it even further.

Those who have been following my blog may remember the surrealist list we played with. Well, my response for Poets United is based on my handy dandy surreal image list that I keep around…just in case.

A Walk Through the Park

Mickey Mouse in the nude
walks a balloon dog
along a red river
uphill to a black lake
and an upside down tree
where an egg hatches
a mushroom and cheese omelette
with hash browns on the side
of a pink tiled wall
behind which a young girl sings
“We’re off to see the wizard”.

Now that was fun.


Posted by on 02/12/2010 in poetry, writing


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19 responses to “Posting for Poets United

  1. booguloo

    02/12/2010 at 7:25 pm

    Tarzan the monkey man
    swinging on a rubber band
    lost his pants and then he ran
    to the town of dingledan
    along came superman
    and knocked him in a garbage can

    circa 3rd grade. my first poem?

  2. Paul Andrew Russell

    02/12/2010 at 7:42 pm

    LOL. I loved reading this. For some reason it brought back memories of my childhood, at school, reading the Jabberwocky. 🙂

    • mroby

      02/12/2010 at 8:13 pm

      It was fun to write, one of the rare poems, for me, that came together quickly. 🙂

  3. mroby

    02/12/2010 at 8:12 pm

    Better than my first poem…which I have somewhere and I think was a nativity poem for my parents at Christmas.

  4. Robert Lloyd

    02/12/2010 at 8:36 pm

    Loved this one Margo. I do have one questiion though!! who got to eat the Omlette? LOL I loved the visuals and creativity. Thansk you for sharing!!

    • mroby

      02/12/2010 at 8:41 pm

      Cheese and mushroom? And I’m the writer? I got the omelette. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to relax and play.

  5. Mary

    02/12/2010 at 8:51 pm

    Clever…but Mickey Mouse in the nude? What is this world coming to??? And what will my grandchildren think? Nice write!

    • mroby

      03/12/2010 at 7:31 am

      I know, I know…but that was one of the surreal images that flashed into my head, and that is part of what makes it surreal. It does make me smile!

  6. Sherry Blue Sky

    02/12/2010 at 8:59 pm

    A nude Mickey Mouse walking a balloon dog is singularly brilliant! What a fun poem. I loved it.

    • mroby

      03/12/2010 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Sherry. It was a fun write. I love the image.

  7. Fyodor Lewis

    02/12/2010 at 9:21 pm

    You certainly got the weird thing done. Right off the bat “mickey mouse in the nude” made me laugh. 😛

    • mroby

      03/12/2010 at 7:32 am

      Me too…every time I read the line. And it’s the older version of Mickey, when he was Steamboat Willie!

  8. Philip Thrift

    03/12/2010 at 5:13 am

    Some crazy mushrooms in that omelette! Lots of fun.

  9. Jingle

    03/12/2010 at 10:55 am

    cute imagination.

    • mroby

      03/12/2010 at 11:40 am

      Thanks…I wish it were that free more often 🙂

  10. Eileen O'Neill

    03/12/2010 at 5:30 pm

    I just loved reading your poem for the absolute weirdness. It was wonderful!
    A complete mix of everything surreal….

    Best wishes, Eileen

    • mroby

      03/12/2010 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much. I enjoyed the chance to let the weirdness out.


      • mroby

        03/12/2010 at 5:38 pm

        I tried to visit your site but keep getting a server error and no such place. I’ll try through Poets United, but wanted to let you know something isn’t working.



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