the rain barrel

Occasionally, lines from conversations sit idle in my notepad for weeks, even months without use. They start to inhibit the process of eavesdropping because I inherently want to use them and therefore “try” to hear things that will fit alongside them. At the end of every month, lines that remain in my notepad go into the rain barrel. Some may become writing prompts for other projects and others will just remain here, as evidence of some of the more unique conversations I’ve encountered. Feel free to use them as prompts, or to create your own found poetry, just don’t forget to share the results with me!



Can I pay you in cloth?

I fell right off of it.

Transfer there.

There’s always a sound and then it’s hot.

Black out, cooter what!?

I’m stalking you guys.

Where do I go?

Just shut them down.

I wish my boyfriend was like that.

I’ll leave you right now.

In the morning…

The Nest wasn’t even a thing.

Where are you phoning from in Saudi Arabia?

Once, there was more than one.

Don’t worry about it.

I don’t have my Serving It Right or anything, but I would love to do that.

And you never showed up!

I just want some damn sun!

She gave me some good tips too.