Week #20 prompt: Superstition

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NOTE: Before we get to this week’s prompt, I want to take this opportunity to recognize the three individuals who have published the Big Tent Poetry blog for the past year: Carolee Sherwood, Deb Scott, and Jill Crammond. They are folding their tent and calling it quits this weekend. They are talented classy women, and they have put out a fine product every week. I will miss their excellent efforts, and the ‘blogosphere’ will be a little less with the closing of BTP. Thank you Carolee, Deb, and Jill for a job well done, and all the best in the future.


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••>Given yesterday was Friday he 13th, the Week #20 prompt for 2011 is “SUPERSTITION”.

Whether we are or are not personally superstitious, we probably each know the typically accepted list of bad omens — black cats, walking under ladders, opening umbrellas indoors, broken mirrors, spilled salt, etc. So today let’s write from the perspective of one of these heralds of bad fortune.

Or, maybe it would be fun to make up your own “bad sign”, like never use ‘lol’ and ‘omg’ in the same text because… or, never brush your hair with your left hand because… then write about that.

Perhaps you want to debunk the notion altogether? Whatever strikes your fancy, let the word superstition spark your muse… or choose to go in your own direction with your piece this week. Just let yourself go with whatever it is that moves you to write. .

Relax, respond to the prompt when you’re ready — or just leave a comment to say hi! As always, welcome to the the Island!!! 😉



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26 responses to “Week #20 prompt: Superstition

  1. Actually, I don’t believe in superstition. (It’s bad luck to believe in superstition.) 🙂
    Having said that, I present my offering.

  2. I’m not really a superstitious person. Except for ladders and black cats and the Evil Eye and… ha ha, got you going, right? Naw, don’t believe in any of it. But if I did…


  3. There are still many superstitious souls around? I think yes

  4. Interesting prompt. My response is installed at http://picsandpoems.blogspot.com/

  5. kaykuala

    Superstition is held dear by some but scorned by a few.


  6. b_y

    I’m not really all that prone to them, but my mother had a million

  7. I re-did mine. Would love to hear your views: The Black Cat

  8. Great stuff for a great prompt, everyone. Barbara’s are my favorite so far. Agnija, I liked both versions, especially “silky soft and inking death.”

  9. Thanks whimsygizmo. Loved the use metaphors in your “spilled salt”.

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