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Weekend Writing Prompt #206 – Restless

Well that went into a totally different direction!  Thank you to Sammi for hosting.

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Relentless and restless

they make their way

boring at will

leaving behind

deceptive and beautiful

lacy patterns


and death


80 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #206 – Restless

  1. Deadly lacy patterns are beautiful. I was out strategizing how to cut down the black walnut that died without hurting myself and destroying fences it will fall on, and noticed some wormy burrowing like in your photo under that bark. About 10 years ago that old black walnut and all the younger black walnuts that had been growing on the property died. They don’t really like this altitude, but the big tree is my age, so it lived a little over 50 years before it died.

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    • Thank you, Louise. Every year there are piles and piles of cut down trees in different neighbourhoods. Breaks my heart. This one family had seven trees cut down!


    • Dear Rochelle,

      Yeah. They are nasty. Sooo many trees felled in my neighbourhood in the last few years because of them.

      Shalom and lotsa love,



  2. Beautifully written, Dale!
    It’s really sad when this happens. One year we had most of the palm trees in Greece die from an incect that flew from Egypt! Once they were infected there was no saving them and you could see one by one the branches falling leaving a tall empty bark which would gradually bend and fall.

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  3. Great poem. The picture gave me visions of ancient people’s leaving their marks for us to decipher, or, ancient aliens leaving a hint that they were here first. Naw, just another warning from bugs, insects and little creepie crawlies that remind us who really rules this big blue spaceship. Well done.

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  4. Q

    So much for the straight line blueprint, eh? But I’m glad for it, because the lacy is cracy (mispelled for emphasis) interesting. It says a lot for patient and persistence and it shows us who’s REALLY pulling the strings on this mystical, magical marble. And all this time, I was singing that Frank Sinatra song about how nice and easy does it without even really getting the significance of the lyrics, I tell you what!

    Beautifully crafted crawl.


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  5. I’m seeing a parallel reality with Covid here. ⚡️💥 It seems bugs are bugs in any form.
    Personally I doubt that the meek will inherit the earth. I believe insects (bugs) will inherit the earth. Then, in about 5 billion years, they’re Ship Out Of Luck, too!
    The lacy pattern is very pretty, though. The emerald ash borer is the black widow of trees.
    See, you wrote this prose, and have prompted massive thought.
    Good one!

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  6. Wow, that is beautiful, meaningful and sad. We’ve been losing whole forests to these larvae. It’s because it gets drier and drier. Weakens the trees’ ability to fight back. At least with the critters here.

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      • Yeah. Sad for the often old trees. Here it is often the ‘tree plantations’ of spruce or pine that are affected, the more natural mixed forests not so much (at least where there’s still enough water, the groundwater levels are dropping).

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          • I think ours are a different species than yours. You wrote they were introduced from Asia? Ours are several species that affect different tree species, necessary for natural, unkempt forests to decay the wood and make it accessible to other plants, mosses, fungi… eventually becoming a bed for young saplings. But for commercial monoculture forests it is a bad thing.

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