Spine Poetry

14 May

Hello! Think of all my extra appearances this week, as making up for my probably erratic summer. clichés are born in truths and this week was a feast for my fingers, rather than the famine that strikes sometimes, even when I want to write.

I usually respond to The Sunday Whirl‘s prompt and never have time for others. This week it’s the Whirl, the We Write Poems prompt later this week, and what I have below from the Facebook group: My Name Is Not Bob. The challenge can be found on the blog: rhymes with tao. Head over to read what others have posted.

The exercise is a good one for when your brain is on strike, or you are bored, or restless. Wander through your books and find a poem in the titles. I am a little restricted because our books are back in San Antonio, but I played with the few we have here.

Making your own days —
where there’s a will
a whole new mind
in the palm of your hand —
sleeping on the wing
a finer end.

I’m not sure about the poetry, but playing with the titles was fun. Give it a try.


Posted by on 14/05/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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36 responses to “Spine Poetry

  1. vivinfrance

    14/05/2012 at 9:49 am

    I like yours. But I’m falling so far behind on reading that I’ll give that one a miss until the famine strikes again!

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 9:51 am

      I figure that’s what these are for, ViV. I think they plan to run these every Monday, so it will be there.

      Now I have to go tackle Joseph’s latest brain rattler.

      • vivinfrance

        14/05/2012 at 9:55 am

        My brain hurts after reading this week’s reverie!

        • margo roby

          14/05/2012 at 10:01 am

          I read the opening paragraphs last night and stopped. I have my second cup of coffee next to me, have taken a deep breath and girded my loins.

  2. Misky

    14/05/2012 at 9:56 am

    Oh what fun! I have next week’s ready also, scheduled for release but probably won’t be able to use Mr. Linky as I’ll be offline for a while.

  3. Lynn Daue (@lynndaue)

    14/05/2012 at 9:56 am

    I like it! And yes, I think we’re going to run them every Monday. They’re too much fun!

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 10:03 am

      I agree, Lynn. Good for the brain to think differently, too!

  4. cloudfactor5

    14/05/2012 at 10:02 am

    I really enjoyed yours, and I love the idea of spine-poetry, Well Done !!

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 10:04 am

      Thank you, Randy! It’s quite addictive, once started.

  5. Hannah Gosselin

    14/05/2012 at 10:23 am

    That’s a fun lil’ exercise, Margo! I like that you added the pic and I also enjoy the image of a gray brain in one’s palm! 🙂

  6. One Inch Tall

    14/05/2012 at 12:13 pm

    This was fun to do! Here’s my attempt:

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 12:14 pm

      Hello, Catherine! I am so glad you enjoyed this. I shall come over and visit you now.

  7. One Inch Tall

    14/05/2012 at 12:13 pm

    This was fun to do! Here’s my attempt:

  8. Yousei Hime

    14/05/2012 at 12:16 pm

    Loved it so I went book digging as well.

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 12:16 pm

      Good! I shall come visit, Yousei 🙂

  9. wordsandthoughtspjs

    14/05/2012 at 12:55 pm

    Looks like fun, Margo. I may give it a go later. I am off today and tomorrow. Yippee!
    Have a great day!


    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 1:01 pm

      I will be interested to see a spine poem from you, Pamela.

      A four day weekend? How lovely, Pamela! Enjoy it.


  10. whimsygizmo

    14/05/2012 at 5:29 pm

    Love this, Margo. I played today, too. 🙂

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 5:30 pm

      Oh good, de. I shall be right over. 🙂

  11. Linda G Hatton

    14/05/2012 at 5:54 pm

    I really like how yours turned out – philosophical. Very nice! 🙂

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you, Linda. I en joyed the exercise 🙂

  12. siggiofmaine

    14/05/2012 at 8:59 pm

    I like the idea…I went to the site, but yours really made sense to me ! Funny,
    when I was painting with the group at the library in Somesville, I was drawn to the titles of the books…didn’t take a photo of any, but have plenty here !
    I enjoyed what you did with the prompt.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • margo roby

      14/05/2012 at 9:35 pm

      Siggi! Thank you. I hope you have a stab at it. I plan to mix in video titles next!


      • siggiofmaine

        14/05/2012 at 9:40 pm

        Like the idea of video titles too. My thinking cap is all thunk out for the night…but there must be a whole raft of ideas to put in this category☺♥.

  13. becca givens

    16/05/2012 at 3:57 pm

    I am following the breadcrumbs from one entry to the site to each of you. What a fun prompt!! 🙂

    • margo roby

      16/05/2012 at 4:04 pm

      I love your gmail address, Becca! It is a fun prompt. I need to get working on next week’s 🙂

  14. Sharp Little Pencil

    17/05/2012 at 12:32 am

    “A whole new mind in the palm of your hand.” LOVE this, and thanks for leading me to the site. Spine Poetry… much better than spineless, no? Thanks, Margo, and here’s mine:

    • margo roby

      17/05/2012 at 9:59 am

      Thank you, Amy. I have started working with next week’s and am looking at video titles too. After all, movies start with the written word. I’m off to see yours now.



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