The idea is to read the short poem that went before, and respond with one of your own. It can be a continuation, it can be inspired, it can be a rebuttal. Something in poem [or prose-poem] form. It makes good practice, gives poets a chance to show off a few offthecuff ideas without the pressure of a complete poem. I've done this before and sometimes things from this have ended up reworked as whole poems. sometimes not. I know there are a lot of good poets hanging around here, I hope people join in! (well I sure as heck don't know where a thing like this would go - I guess word games is the closest? anyway, mods, I appologize if this isn't quite right.) ------ i think i found a soul on the side of the road today, tired and ink-faced, smudged like bruises that weren't signs of abuse, not unless you count the torment of dirty hands against a sleeping brow. i brought her in - certainly this soul was a her - and let her sleep in the backseat with maps and stolen coats for sale. she slept long and still is there, curled up in camelhair, picking up the smells of gas, hamburgers, cats. i will watch her for however long she sleeps. when she wakes i guess i'll bring her home, but then what? give her my bed, let her have her keep in salt and flowers?