Poetry Tow Truck 19: Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

We are surrounded by signs everyday, signs that tell us how and when to drive, signs that tell us what and where to consume, and signs that tell us how and what to think.  Think about a world without signs – how strange it would seem to us without all those labels on the world!

Today, write a poem using signs as your inspiration – any kind of sign will do. Are you stuck for an idea? Here are some sign photos that may inspire you as well:

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My example comes from billboards that I have seen several times now on trips back and forth to my son’s college in Nashville.

Billboard Manifesto

Phantom Fireworks haunt the lot behind

the Wal-Mart, and further down the road,

James Joyce GM sells trucks at low, low

prices instead of hawking long, long prose.

HELL IS REAL screams one, while not

coincidentally the parking lot at the adult

bookstore across the highway is full to

capacity at seven in the morning.

4.5 ACERS are for sale on a small,

hand-painted slab of wood, its broken

spaces zigzagged like blank Scrabble

tiles, struggling for words to speak.

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3 thoughts on “Poetry Tow Truck 19: Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

  1. Pingback: Friday Freeforall: Roundup Time « Margo Roby: Wordgathering

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