Medway Monday: Potlatch Collective Poem #18


Daniel slowed the car down. The exit was

Blocked, nowhere to go, nowhere to go back

Save for the hollow and the light in the black

Save for the red and the curse in the light

Eyes pained; lips dry with the alcoholic curse

It was always the same.  And no money on him

Cash has its own green paper thoughts

If only the picture could talk

The mystery might be solved

If it were not for those pesky elephants

It could have become something so much more.

This is a collective poem from the Literary Potlatch, written by the participants on the day, with each of them only able to see the previous line.  At present, the image accompanying it is a stock photo but we would really love someone to respond to the poem visually, as only an original image can possibly do it justice. Full credit will of course be given. Please email if you’re interested in creating something special we can share. Thank you. :)

And here’s a very late Medway Monday linky. I’ve slapped myself on the wrist!

2 thoughts on “Medway Monday: Potlatch Collective Poem #18

  1. Sorry to be late this week. Frankly, because of the repeatedly late ‘linky’ and the relegation of the Medway Monday facility to a footnote to a (somewhat dominant) poem, I haven’t bothered with it for quite a while now.

    What you good people decide to do with this thing is of course entirely up to you, and perhaps I am being over-sensitive (it wouldn’t be the first time!), but it hasn’t been what I might term ‘welcoming’ for a while now.

    This week, on a whim, I took a look and found that there were no submissions at all – but two appeared between that moment (earlier today) and when I decided to post my own Medway-related link. I really do hope that my personal experience might be of some value to others, though I accept from the outset that it is likely to be of lesser value than at least one of the other contributions this week.

  2. Hi John, I’m sorry it’s been quite late sometimes and not given it’s own post. Sadly, with the garden party upon us and the main festival to organise, not to mention our day jobs, some things have to give and the Medway Monday linky is what has suffered. I’ve still another half dozen potlatch poems to share so it will still be a footnote for a while yet. However, once they’re all done, it will go back to having its own blog post. I hope you’ll stick around for then! Jaye 🙂

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