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empty cup

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This week’s prompt was inspired by my sister sharing a story, a version of which you can find at the link below:


In summary, before you can receive (more tea, new ideas etc etc) you need to be empty. So how do we empty ourselves? This was the question, and we sent papers round to collect ideas, such as:

  • Sing to the trees – and the dog
  • Really LISTEN to what another is saying – really LISTEN
  • Dance in the kitchen like a mad person
  • Brush my cat
  • Walk in nature
  • Stare at the sky last thing at night and simply WONDER

and so on…….beautiful!

These gather sheets were then placed in the middle for inspiration and each of us wrote a poem in ten minutes. Here is what I wrote. It’s raw and incomplete, so I’ll likely play with it some more, but this is what I had after the ten minutes:


The Green Umbrella


I stand beneath

A canopy on the brink of summer

Still bold enough to declare there’s more to come

Still tender enough to show the

Shade of these leaves

Has a little deeper to delve

Into the adventure of green


And the light gets through

Dappled and scattered

And drops of rain get through

Slowed down and spread

To land softly on the earth

Or hang like diamonds

From leaves and branches

Rich and abundant


The rain plays a song

As it falls through

A pretty delicate song

Full of light, bright voices

Calling my own song out of me

And some notes

Float up to the birds

Who perch up above

Others fall and are turned over

And brought under by worms

And other composting busy beasties

Others shiver the leaves and become

The new shade of green


And the last


Into the light of the space in between

It all

Through which rain drops continue

To fall




How do you create the space of emptiness?




If you enjoyed this prompt, then you can find more here:


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