Poem Tryouts: This is Where I Want to Be

29 Sep

8:54 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Bohemian Rhapsody sung by Queen

Hello, everyone, new, old-timer, and in between. I hope you are well. Today is our image prompt and I have a place to get lost in for a while. I often use images from the Facebook group, I Require Art. We have the same tastes. In fact, I began following them in order to have a source for images. Then an unexpected thing happened. My Facebook friends enjoyed seeing the paintings I chose. I have almost as much fun seeing who likes what. Sometimes, we even discuss the paintings.

Today’s choice is a recent find and evoked more comment than almost anything I have posted. I remarked that I would like to be there, sitting, looking out over the water, sipping a cup of coffee. Apparently, plenty of people would like to join me. I’ve had to add a guest cottage around the corner.


The painting is Fisherman’s House at Varengeville, by Monet. You can approach the prompt in a number of ways. With each, remember that the painting itself does not have to be part of the poem.

1] Respond emotionally to what you see.

2] Go over the painting jotting down every single thing you note. Look at your notes and find your direction among them.

3] Make the painting part of the poem.

4] Write about your tranquil place. You can do this with, or without, the painting. It depends if you want to use the setting as a character, as in having it to specifically refer to. This might be your anti-tranquil place.

5] Do what your brain started as soon as it saw the painting.

Yes? Good. I shall see you Thursday for links and Tuesday for another prompt (and on your blogs, should you respond to this).

Happy writing, all.



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37 responses to “Poem Tryouts: This is Where I Want to Be

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  2. clothespeggedpat

    29/09/2015 at 11:54 am

    This certainly is a wonderful choice for an image prompt. A depth of quite different directions and possibilities await after some contemplation. Looking forward to this! 🙂

    • margo roby

      29/09/2015 at 1:09 pm

      I’m looking forward to reading the results 🙂


    29/09/2015 at 12:40 pm

    A lovely prompt. NE of here but in the same region. There are views like that all around our local coast, so I shall enjoy writing to it.

    • margo roby

      29/09/2015 at 1:07 pm

      I envy you, ViV.

      • whimsygizmo

        29/09/2015 at 10:22 pm

        Is there a nice way to say “I’m so jealous I could spit?” Cuz then that’s what I should type to Viv right now…pretend I just did, Viv.


          01/10/2015 at 10:10 am


    • b_y

      30/09/2015 at 12:01 pm

      Add me to the envious, Viv.


      30/09/2015 at 5:15 pm

      I got there at last. Sorry it came to me in French first, but I did what Margo suggested!

      • margo roby

        01/10/2015 at 9:45 am

        I love that it came to you in French first.

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  5. julespaige

    29/09/2015 at 12:51 pm

    Well I was going to link something I had already written…but the ash leaves fallen dictated otherwise (just for your prompt):

    • margo roby

      29/09/2015 at 1:08 pm

      I’m honoured!

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  7. georgeplace2013

    29/09/2015 at 5:41 pm

    Beautiful picture. Don’t know why it took so much thought.

    • margo roby

      30/09/2015 at 8:44 am

      Possibly because you were envisioning yourself there, also with a cup of coffee, Debi.

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  9. whimsygizmo

    29/09/2015 at 8:14 pm

    Still sipping that cup of coffee with you, by the sea. Thanks for the invite. 😉

    • margo roby

      30/09/2015 at 8:46 am

      I remember you are one of the ones for whom I built the guest cottage, de. 🙂

  10. purplepeninportland

    30/09/2015 at 12:00 am

    Putting in my request for a stay in the guest cottage. Love this painting, Margo.

    • margo roby

      30/09/2015 at 8:47 am

      Noted, Sara!

  11. rosross

    30/09/2015 at 5:10 am

    Beautiful photo.

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  13. b_y

    30/09/2015 at 12:04 pm

    Just a (rainy) day late. Thanks for the picture. But how the heck does the fisherman get up and down?

    • b_y

      30/09/2015 at 12:08 pm


    • whimsygizmo

      30/09/2015 at 1:15 pm

      Well, there’s a beautiful cobblestone path that winds down the hill to the beach…slowly, so you can enjoy the sea breeze. Did you not see it, b? The start is just past my room, near the gerber daisy garden.

    • margo roby

      01/10/2015 at 9:32 am

      You should see the path…

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  16. Hannah Gosselin

    30/09/2015 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you, Margo!! I’ll be back to read…it’s late. 🙂

    • margo roby

      01/10/2015 at 9:34 am

      The light is always on, Hannah.

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  18. pmwanken

    01/10/2015 at 10:17 am

    Thanks, as always, margo, for your prompts–ekphrastic and otherwise!! ❤

    I took a little historical data and combined it with some imagination…and came up with this:

    • margo roby

      01/10/2015 at 12:04 pm

      As always, my pleasure! ❤

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  20. Misky

    02/10/2015 at 6:50 am

    This took its own path.

    • margo roby

      02/10/2015 at 11:30 am

      As they often do… pesky poems.


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