Poem Tryouts: Take Wing

27 Jan

7:49 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Alabama singing If You’re Gonna Play in Texas

Hello, everyone. New England people, take care. The snow continues. Down here, I’m just trying to hang onto a suggestion of winter. What can I say? I like winter clothing.

I have an unusual image that I found recently on indgoblue’s tumblr site (indgo is not a typo — someone already has indigo). The image draws me with a strong emotional, almost visceral, pull.

wings indigoblue

The image is presented as vertical. I think that’s part of the pull. I don’t think my reaction would be as strong with a horizontal presentation. There are a number of ways you can approach this:

1] Do you have an image that has an emotional or visceral pull on you? You may use that instead of this. If you do, it would be lovely if you can post the image with your poem.

2] Part of the pull, for me, is the Icarus thing. Icarus hounds my poetry brain, always has. You might write a poem that has something to do with Icarus, or with the themes suggested by the myth.

3] Wings. Is there something about wings that you want to address. For that matter, flight, or flying.

4] You may have noticed something in the image that fascinates you. Write about it.

As I say when posting The Mag’s link every week: You do not have to write about the whole image. Write about what you respond to. I look forward to seeing what you fasten on.

I shall see you Thursday for links and things; Friday for this week’s roundup of prompts (we have a new entrant); and Tuesday for my regular prompt.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 27/01/2015 in exercises, poetry, writing


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30 responses to “Poem Tryouts: Take Wing

  1. julespaige

    27/01/2015 at 8:47 am

    Great image. I imagine I might get to it… maybe next week.

    • margo roby

      27/01/2015 at 8:49 am

      I’ll be here, Jules 🙂

  2. Sasha A. Palmer

    27/01/2015 at 9:06 am

    I love the image, Margo. It’s amazing how the same image is static when horizontal. A very talented artist.

    • margo roby

      27/01/2015 at 9:08 am

      Isn’t it, Sasha? It does nothing for me horizontal.

      Those wings are incredible, aren’t they?!

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  4. Misky

    27/01/2015 at 9:47 am

    Hey ho.


    27/01/2015 at 9:54 am

    Here’s a new one and an old one! That picture is fabulous, but I wanted to turn it round (just to see the difference.).

  6. b_y

    27/01/2015 at 9:57 am

    It’s just a little off for me. I want to straighten it up so I can see it properly. If it were an abstract, maybe. The wings are fabulous.

    • margo roby

      27/01/2015 at 12:56 pm

      I did sit with my head dangerously sideways to know it didn’t do anything for me horizontally. So, make it abstract! I admit I could do with just the wings and then they can be horizontal. Huh… odd.

      • Sasha A. Palmer

        27/01/2015 at 1:17 pm

        I did the same thing – cracked my neck 🙂
        The slight tilt in the image works only when the pic is vertical. It gives this optical illusion – you can see the girl either lying on the pavement or flying above the man.
        Very cool.

        • georgeplace2013

          28/01/2015 at 7:24 am

          Cool. That’s true – love that you pointed it out.

  7. Sasha A. Palmer

    27/01/2015 at 11:50 am

    Here’s mine:

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  9. markwindham

    27/01/2015 at 8:23 pm

    Three! Yes three in one week. Image took me on a rather macabre path…

  10. Janet

    27/01/2015 at 11:17 pm

    enjoyed. thank-you. and Margo, I like winter clothes too:)
    Here’s mine;

    • margo roby

      29/01/2015 at 9:24 am

      Right, Janet? I find summer clothing boring, but all my winter things I love, colour, texture, and style!

  11. purplepeninportland

    27/01/2015 at 11:53 pm

    Incredible image. I could not stop looking at it. I felt enveloped in sadness.

    Mine is up at:

    • margo roby

      29/01/2015 at 9:28 am

      Interesting the way you put that, Sara. Now, when I look at the image, i want to feel the wings around me.

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  13. Misky

    28/01/2015 at 6:38 am

    May I go again? You betcha…

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  15. georgeplace2013

    28/01/2015 at 7:13 am

    Wonderful picture and I agree about the position. Don’t think it would have had the punch otherwise.

    • margo roby

      29/01/2015 at 9:36 am

      I agree, Debi. It would just have been a magnificent pair of wings.

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  17. Adriana Citlali Ramírez

    28/01/2015 at 3:50 pm

    I love the photo. It is so thought-provoking that it just made me write!

    • margo roby

      29/01/2015 at 9:48 am

      I am so glad, Adriana!

  18. barbcrary

    28/01/2015 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you, Margo. I haven’t read many of the other poems yet, since I was trying to get this done. I’ll be interested to see some of the other takes on that very arresting image.

    • margo roby

      29/01/2015 at 9:52 am

      I have enjoyed the way in which people have viewed the image, Barbara. So many different takes.

  19. rosross

    29/01/2015 at 7:55 am

    Yes, entranced by the image and the words wrote themselves.

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