Welcome to the Weekend Mini Challenge at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads with Kim from writinginnorthnorfolk.

Choose an instrument, give it a characteristic adjective or a personality, and write a poem about it, in any form of your choice. It doesn’t have to be about the instrument or music. But it must include a phrase like ‘sarcastic percussion’. You can take it wherever you want – I can’t wait to see what you make of it!

It was her grating

cackle that plucked

his attention.


Her usual lilting cadence

had been replaced with

the almost-shriek of


a panicked balalaika.

Eye contact was impossible

they darted about like

the frenzied silver ball


in an old arcade game.

He stopped listening

and merely watched her lips

spew a string of lies.



SusanWritesPrecise/Susan Marie Shuman



14 thoughts

  1. Cacophony is one of my favourite words, Susan, and it makes a great title for your poem. I enjoyed this vignette and imagined the scene. I especially love the wordplay in ‘grating cackle that plucked his attention’ and ‘the almost shriek of a panicked balalaika’.

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  2. A beautiful description. You managed to weave a tale in here somehow. Now, I want o know who this horrid woman was (she sounds like a witch) and the lies she’s been spewing. Oh, and who is he? I enjoyed this.

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