Chucky Takes Flight

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Going Going Gone! (Midweek Prompt!)  (posted by Karin)

“When I was thinking through these old favorites, I was struck by how often they began with a “going.” (Not necessarily a leave-taking, but simply some kind of movement.) As in:”

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made,
Nine bean-rows will I have there, and a hive for the honey bee
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

(From The Lake Isle of Innisfree, by W.B. Yeats.)

“So, poets, your prompt for the day–should you choose to participate–is to use the trope of “going,” however that may go down for you as some kind of jumping off point for your poem. You do not need to use the word “going” in your poem and you do not have to write in the present, past or imperative sense (although you probably will use one of them.)”

“For extra points, although we all know that the game of poetry doesn’t really keep score, think of writing a poem that someone might memorize and that won’t immediately “go” out of their consciousness–i.e. consider incorporating rhyme, meter; also keep it relatively short!”


credit: Karin Gustafson

I think we need more balloons
to lift us from the sea
Chucky might reach the moon
and here we all would be.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Chucky Takes Flight

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Very nice short poem.


  2. ManicDdaily says:

    Haha! Super charming. Thanks! k.


  3. oldegg says:

    What better than to live in place where nothing happens except the world we know keeps on living.


  4. Jim says:

    A fun little read, Sara. Chucky is acting like a kid. Gotta watch him all the time. BTW, I had a friend who wanted us to get our balloon pilot license. We would tie balloons to our light aluminum lawn chairs. I declined.


  5. annell4 says:

    Yes, I think that is what we need!!! More balloons!!


  6. I LOVE this! Made me smile.


  7. How fun… such travel is a joy.


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