WRITER’S LINK: “Message In A Bottle”

Fellow island revelers –

It’s Tuesday, 12:01 AM on the U.S. East Coast. Here is the post to which you can submit your links in the comments section. Remember, only post the link to your work here, as a ‘comment’ — and please make certain your link is accurate.

If you’re new, we’re genuinely pleased you’ve discovered the island — the details of ‘How To Come Ashore’ are posted in the sidebar. If you’ve become one of our ‘old salties’, welcome — we’re all glad to see you again!

Writers Island really is your island. Please feel free to let us all know what you want and need on the island to make it a fun and nurturing experience. Your suggestions will always be submitted to the island community for consideration.

Rumor has it, we’ve all found bottles that contained fascinating messages. We are all eager to learn what we each discovered. So, we should find a comfortable place to settle in, and share our tales — be they poetry, short stories, essays, or prose. Even if you didn’t find a bottle, we want you to share your piece as well.

Remember, there is food and drink for everyone here — the kind that nourishes your spirit.

Also, ‘Get Down Dewy’ is now open on the island. Rose, the proprietor, would love to see you stop by later, as you walk the beaches on this gorgeous tropical night — meeting up with your fellow islanders, and learning more about their “Message In A Bottle”.

The pleasant Autumn zephyrs are softly blowing… so please, relax, express yourself, and let these wonderful breezes carry your words.

REVEAL YOUR MYSTERY — fellow islanders! ;)


NOTE: Sorry the link post opened late, the server here on the island was down. My apologies islanders! 😦


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64 responses to “WRITER’S LINK: “Message In A Bottle”

  1. I went with a poem this week. Yes, I can’t believe it myself. Critiques welcome. It is the only way I can hope to get better. Thanks!


  2. In the spirit of “fiery engulfment,” my message came by way of an e-mail. Enjoy!


  3. Here’s mine, a short NF piece–a memoir–that tweaks the prompt: The Message of Bottles.

    I look forward to reading. Aloha!

  4. hey was waiting for the prompt to open up 🙂
    here’s mine for today

  5. I so hate posting poems. But there you have it. http://sidesteppingreal.blogspot.com
    We’ll see if it’s even still there tomorrow 🙂

  6. This was a fun one. Fiction from me this time:

    A what in a what?

  7. uplatette

    wow – not sure where mine came from – a bit depressing really


  8. hi a,, i will be back in the morning to read… here is my villanelle ,, my take on “message in a bottle”

  9. Ps

    Thought this prompt was a rather tough–but later managed to write a poem, and I had made a painting too which went beautifully with it–so it all fell in place!

    Here’s the link

  10. Dan

    Ah, even the Island is prone to high-tech malfunctions occasionally. Thanks you for dilegence in resolving the quirk http://poeticjustice-dan.blogspot.com/

  11. jadey73

    Hi everyone. http://www.jadey73.blogspot.com Message in a bottle is up.

  12. I was really struggling with this prompt…coming up empty…until finally I thought: what if the message in the bottle contained only one word? So I threw open the dictionary and blindly stuck my finger out…when I looked, it said “warn.” Here’s mine:


  13. as you know, I don’t write my own; I dig around to find a lovely poem with the topic content. This one was a little tricky; and I could not find many poems about messages in bottles (but that darned song was sure playing in my head). I did find this one; the photo might be mismatched as it is uplifting (imo) but the poem is a political one by Pablo Neruda; I really like the title “Melancholy Inside Families” and the surrealistic manner in which he writes. I think you will too.

  14. Has This Ever Happened to You? is my offering this week. Once again, I wrote it, then checked the prompt. It still works, in a weird kind of way. I think it adds something. Sorry, fellow islanders, for not following the prompt the proper way!

    PS: if anyone is interested in writing their “poetic statement,” check out the new blog Polka Dot Witch and i are working on http://fertileground.wordpress.com

  15. Not really sure how I feel about my entry this week, but it is up…


  16. the message in the bottle reminded me of hopeful endeavors. there is an eternal optimist in my life (it is not i!). click here. Many of you already have the password, if not email art at polkadotwitch dot com

    and if anyone is interested, we’re making progress over at fertile ground poetry project. there’s a challenge for poets to write a “poet statement.”

  17. OH…. late again…..

    read here

    my poem


  18. This prompt was wonderfully challenging! Thanks for making me work for this one.


    -Ashley Lyn

  19. Hello Island friends! Just a quick note/edit. The link to our new poetry site is Fertile Ground Poetry Project

    Please stop by and tell us your poetic plan!

  20. How wonderful you all are… I must lie in the sun for awhile(with SPF 45) and will be back to read some more……

    thank you Rob….


  21. I always have this moment where I think, “I can’t do anything with this.” But then I dive in and see where it takes me. I think that’s what I love about it. I never know where it will take me. It’s like being adrift. Here’s my contribution…


  22. LittleWing

    thanks for the opportunity great topic this week…please stop by and let me know your thoughts..


  23. Here is mine. I can’t wait to see your messages! Maybe we should do some guerilla poetry or stories & leave secret messages in strange places?


  24. writersisland

    Marie –

    Hmmm… guerilla poetry – interesting possibility…

    I know Poetry Thursday tried this unsuccessfully last April. I don’t think they were able to effectively motivate the mobility required of the writing participants?

    Let me think on that a bit. That might be fun?

  25. Hi Islanders – I can’t wait to see what you all wrote – this was a great prompt!

  26. my apologies to anyone who tried to view my post today – my website is down while i switch servers. Hopefully all will be restored sometime soon… d x

  27. Here is a poem I’ve written for this prompt.


  28. writersisland

    Danae –

    Thank you for alerting us… 😉

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