Writing Prompt: Day Ten

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Some of us seem suddenly to have some time on our hands (!) so I’m offering a daily writing prompt, Monday to Friday, at or before 9.30am, for the foreseeable future! If you want to share what you write in the comments below, feel free! If you want to share the prompt with others – feel free! If you have questions you want to ask – feel free! I’ll try to answer them. The prompt will suggest a particular form (poem, short story etc) but obviously no need to stick to that. You could use any of them to inspire writing in any form.

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Air Joy of Flight

NaPoWriMo Day 2

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So it’s the second day of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) with the challenge being to write a poem a day for 30 days! Apples and Snakes are offering a daily prompt. Here’s my response to today’s, which was to write a poetic autobiography, in just six lines!

 

Did I start on that raft in an African lake where hippy trail

travelling cad, my dad, spotted mum’s younger version? Or

was I begun long before when my dutch great grandfather

met his Indonesian wife? Are these wandering roots the reason

I see the whole world as my home? I too wander, often alone,

imagining beginnings and what might come next, if I let it.

Writing Prompt: Day Nine

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Some of us seem suddenly to have some time on our hands (!) so I’m offering a daily writing prompt, Monday to Friday, at or before 9.30am, for the foreseeable future! If you want to share what you write in the comments below, feel free! If you want to share the prompt with others – feel free! If you have questions you want to ask – feel free! I’ll try to answer them. The prompt will suggest a particular form (poem, short story etc) but obviously no need to stick to that. You could use any of them to inspire writing in any form.

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Water - in the flow

NaPoWriMo Day 1

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It’s the 1st of April and so it’s also the first day of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) with the challenge being to write a poem a day for 30 days! Apples and Snakes are offering a daily prompt. Here’s my response to today’s:

My taste for rain has changed

 

Too much of a good thing

the rain that came before this

spring, drenching me from sock

 

to soul. I longed to hang out

on the line pegged by my shoulders

arms flapping in the breeze

 

til you could wring me, twist

me, squeeze me and nothing

would come out, not a sound.

 

Not a drop. Then the rain

stopped. Now I’m stuck indoors

the sun mocks me, charges

 

at the shieldless skylight,

goads the birds I can’t see but hear

into singing the raucous joys

 

of spring. While misery whines

for rain, permission to be

damp and heavy. Instead sun

 

offers a cut and blow dry, birds

catch the loosened wisps of

despair and carry them far

 

away like a kite lost –

When the rain comes

again I’ll be ready for it.

Writing Prompt: Day Eight

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Some of us seem suddenly to have some time on our hands (!) so I’m offering a daily writing prompt, Monday to Friday, at or before 9.30am, for the foreseeable future! If you want to share what you write in the comments below, feel free! If you want to share the prompt with others – feel free! If you have questions you want to ask – feel free! I’ll try to answer them. The prompt will suggest a particular form (poem, short story etc) but obviously no need to stick to that. You could use any of them to inspire writing in any form.

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Earth - roots

 

 

 

Talking on Tightropes

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Here’s a poem I recorded on my phone the other day. Enjoy! You can also read it beneath.

 

 

Talking on tightropes

(inspired by Philippe Petit, and his high wire walk of the twin towers in 1974)

 

They arrested him

For walking a tight rope

Between the twin towers

With nothing attached

Nothing to catch him

Should his balance waver

But he’d practised

He didn’t attempt this feat

Without knowing the line was a fine one

 

Yet we barely dare talk

On such fine lines

Attaching ourselves to hashtags

That declare our side

But there are no straight lines in nature

Even the blackest and whitest of them

Blur when you get closer

Alive or dead?

I know I for one

Have spoken to someone

On the other side

In my mind, I’d never deny

Their body is gone

But something

Something lingers on

And if you’ve ever watched a dawn

Creep up on night

Bit by slight bright light

You’ll know you could never

Stop the clock and say

Before was night and Now

Is day

But we pretend it’s all so clear

Too lazy to listen

Or dare to respect

A view that’s not #metoo

There are too few of us

Stringing up wires between the sides

Where the risk itself

Is what keeps things alive

Of course nobody wants to fall –

But not moving at all?

 

For forty five minutes

He worked that wire

And now the twin towers

No longer exist

Because we’ve underlined lines

Instead of erasing them

Chiseled the edges

Instead of softening them

We don’t have to talk on tightropes

We can talk on shores

Where sand and sea endlessly meet

Changing the landscape beneath our feet which delight

In the differing degrees of wet and dry

And warm and cold

Because the moon and her tides know

Even what’s land and what’s sea

Isn’t as clear as the maps would have us believe

Writing Prompt: Day Seven

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Some of us seem suddenly to have some time on our hands (!) so I’m offering a daily writing prompt, Monday to Friday, at or before 9.30am, for the foreseeable future! If you want to share what you write in the comments below, feel free! If you want to share the prompt with others – feel free! If you have questions you want to ask – feel free! I’ll try to answer them. The prompt will suggest a particular form (poem, short story etc) but obviously no need to stick to that. You could use any of them to inspire writing in any form.

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Fireside gathering

 

Writing Prompt: Day Six

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Some of us seem suddenly to have some time on our hands (!) so I’m offering a daily writing prompt, Monday to Friday, at or before 9.30am, for the foreseeable future! If you want to share what you write in the comments below, feel free! If you want to share the prompt with others – feel free! If you have questions you want to ask – feel free! I’ll try to answer them. The prompt will suggest a particular form (poem, short story etc) but obviously no need to stick to that. You could use any of them to inspire writing in any form.

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Writing Prompt: Day Five

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Some of us seem suddenly to have some time on our hands (!) so I’m offering a daily writing prompt, Monday to Friday, at or before 9.30am, for the foreseeable future! If you want to share what you write in the comments below, feel free! If you want to share the prompt with others – feel free! If you have questions you want to ask – feel free! I’ll try to answer them. The prompt will suggest a particular form (poem, short story etc) but obviously no need to stick to that. You could use any of them to inspire writing in any form.

 

For more info on today’s prompt, visit these previous posts:

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2018/12/29/writers-well-a-ripple-story/

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/a-ripple-of-joy/

 

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Walking Along – Me singing it…

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This is a repost, thought this could do with another outing right now…enjoy!

It’s taken me a while, but at last I’ve figured out a way to share the tune of the song I posted lyrics for a while back. Thank you  https://smallerandsmaller.wordpress.com/ for your encouragement – you gave me the nudge I needed. Below are the lyrics and the YouTube link so you can hear what it sounds like. I hope you enjoy:-) Of course, the sound quality isn’t great, but at least it gives you an idea of the melody. Enjoy:-)

Walking along
I sang to the trees
I sang you’re so wise
Won’t you help me please
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They said;
You gotta feed your roots to know who you are
Be strong but also flexible and you’ll go far
Now open up sweetheart, what ‘ya tryin’ to hide
You have so much, be generous and life will be kind

Walking along
I sang to the sea
I sang you’re so wise
Won’t you help me please
She said;
You gotta know everything you need’s inside
Just dive down deep and treasures you will find
Stop being so scared of what’s outside of you
‘Cos darlin’ I’m telling you that’s not what’s true

Walking along
I sang to the breeze
I sang you’re so wise
Won’t you help me please
She said;
Lighten up honey if you wanna be free
Just spread those pretty wings and come and fly with me
Your dreams should be big enough to fill the skies
Your life is just beginning, come on open your eyes

Walking along
He shined his rays on me
I sang father sun
Won’t you help me please
He said:
Shine the light of truth on all you think you know
Then you might grow some wisdom, not a fat ego
And if the skies darken and you’re scared of the night
Have faith my child and trust in the return of the light