The prompt from The Toads today is ‘Out of the Standard: Photo Finish’

For today’s prompt,we are provided with images, and we get to write a poem around them.


This wouldn’t be the out of standard without a teeny, tiny twist. Under each photo is an phrase that doesn’t exactly match the photo. Your challenge is to write a poem inspired by the photo, while using the seemingly nonsensical words.

The photos are mine, and you have my permission to repost them at your blog (if you are into that sort of thing).

Keep in mind
Like every challenge, your poem must by newly written and not one which you have previously written which conveniently fits the theme.

That’s it. The platform is yours. The mic is warm.

So go now, my muddy buddies, and bring us back something shiny and new.
Here is my photo/text choice.


Smoke and mirrors and electro-shock therapy

Here is my poem. Why not submit one of your own over at Real Toads


Back in the day

it was brutal


bones broken

spirits too


no smoke and mirrors

just pure


hell bound

electroshock therapy


Dr Cameron at McGill

Funded by the CIA


to de-pattern



think about that





Court would follow

and follow


and follow

to this day






7 thoughts on “shocking

  1. Isadora Gruye says:

    Hiya Paul! Sorry for my delayed comment, but I had a spot of travel pop up suddenly. I love where my prompt took you. Your sparseness of words is powerful and evokes the same feel of the photo! Thanks for posting to the out of standard and Viva la.

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