Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Hello, Found Object Poets. I am kicking my shoes off today while another blogger takes over today’s hosting duties.

IMG_5308FOUND: Hot Pink Sandal

You will find the Day 17 Found Object Poem Project post at Donna Smith’s blog, Mainely Write. Thank you so much, Donna!






I’ll see you back here tomorrow for Day 18. You can leave your Day 17 responses at this post or in the comments at Donna’s blog.

Filed: Original Poem

7 responses to “2016 Found Object Poem Project: Day 17”

  1. Diane Mayr says:

    Here’s tomorrow’s poem.

    Day 18

    Field Trip to the Past

    I heard her incredulous cry,
    “What is that?”
    She grew up with laptops and printers.
    I grew up writing papers by longhand
    then typing them out on a clunky
    portable typewriter.

    There was a backspace key,
    but no delete button.
    White-out invented by
    a Monkee’s mother had yet
    to find a market.
    There was only the eraser.
    Round, slender, and pink.
    With a brush of sorts at the opposite
    end used to whisk away
    the erasure crumbs of mistakes.

    “Well? What is it?”
    she asked again.
    And realizing I had no formal name
    to associate with the pink rolling eraser thing,
    I honestly answered,
    “Damned if I know.”

  2. Donna Smith says:

    Day 18

    Mr. E-Racer

    Mod unicyclist
    With spiked blue hair
    Flashes by
    As if to dare
    Us to stop him
    In mid flow,
    As he erases
    To and fr…

    Over jumps,
    Wheel a-spin,
    Writer’s block
    Will not win;
    Watch him roll,
    See him race,
    Making corrections
    All over the pl…

    He’s brave
    And daring,
    And paper
    Helping pencil
    Revise writing;
    There he goes
    He’s so exci…!

    Hey, stop erasing
    All my lett…
    This isn’t getting
    Any bet…
    If you don’t let
    Me finish a thoug…
    I cannot fix what
    You have wroug…

    Okay, off that unicycle,
    Mr. E
    And let me write
    So I can see
    And I can read
    Before erasing;
    Slow down now and
    Stop a-racing!

    ©2016, Donna JT Smith, all rights reserved

  3. Fanciful thoughts, Diane and Donna. We all know know what this object is. Here goes my tale to add to Day 18. It can be found at

    Shortcut to the poem:

    Magic Eraser rolled into town.
    Looking silly as a blue-haired clown
    erasing all that was in his sight
    causing a stir and a great fright.
    The townsfolk turned a shade of white
    as all was lost in broad daylight.

    Who would stand up for property rights?

    A hero came with the speed of light
    and took a very fanciful bite.
    So limping away in domestic flight
    Magic eraser left the suburbanites
    and found other towns to rub out that night.
    ©CVarsalona, 2016

    You have to turn to the blog post to find out the morale of my tale.

  4. Mary Lee Hahn says:

    Day 18

    Live Big/Fail Big

    Are you willing to risk it?
    Will you go for broke?
    Take a chance,
    Take a dare,
    Try that limb?

    The payoffs are huge!
    Beyond ginormous!
    Take the chance,
    Take the dare,
    Chase the win!

    ©Mary Lee Hahn, 2016

  5. Linda Baie says:

    Day 18


    Advertisement: Poets & Writers
    For sale: This splendid little wheel:
    –rolls along the hasty scribbles
    –rubs away the tired rhymes
    –brushes out the crumbs of stale words

    Rush order available!
    Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

  6. My high school typing teacher was a stickler for perfection (“Proofread like the page was typed by your worst enemy!”) so I thought about that angle. A sinus infection has made my brain fuzzy, though, so I decided to create an erasure poem giving a little history about this giant eraser.

    “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X”

    Monuments commemorate
    remembered from childhood.
    A youngster
    playing in his fathers office,
    a typewriter eraser
    in a graceful, dynamic

    I created a graphic in Canva showing the page from the National Gallery of Art along side the poem, but can’t quite figure out how to get it into this comment. Here is the link to the National Gallery of Art website:

  7. An acrostic


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