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Weekend Writing Prompt #257 – Luminous

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.  Thank you, always, to Sammi, for hosting this weekly party.

I had me an hour to kill in Miami.  Figured it would be a good time to get in a 30-word post.  Wrote it out and then my photos would not upload.  Had to shut down to board.  Arrived in La Guardia, had me an overpriced okay burger with a cold one and got comfy to “finish” my post. Ummm. What post? D’youse guys remember last August when I wrote a whole post (way more than thirty words), lost it and re-wrote it?  Well. Shit. I’m gonna convince myself that this one is better than that one 😉

wk 257 luminous

Portuguese Man O’ War

Like a child’s balloon

Drifting… aimlessly?

at the whim of the waves

Luminous in the Miami sun

from sea to sand

Resist the urge to touch

Painful price to pay






96 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #257 – Luminous

    • Thank you. That they can! I was in the water, getting closer and told my guy… I think that’s a man o’war… We didn’t touch it. I got back to the hotel to google it and yup… glad I refrained! (Not that I approach any jelly-type fish!)

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  1. I love this! The box jelly from a distance. You from less of a distance … Really, I mean it, next time if you wanna, let’s plan to get together, especially if you have a long layover in town! XOXO your NYNF

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  2. Oh, my…. painful price to pay indeed! Glad you stayed away! I’ve been stung by jellyfish (though this one seems more ‘mean business’ kind!).
    Worth waiting! 😉😘😘😘😘

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  3. Well done, Dale. I agree that some of the beauty in nature is best admired from a distance.

    Do airports inspire you? You seem to write well there. Welcome home. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Michael. I’ll be sharing more than one pretty (and nasty) jelly fish 😉
      That would require me taking a drive, crossing the bridge and finding parking space… maybe later 😉

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  4. Your perseverance is most appreciated! Phooey on having to recreate your post, but for us readers, so worth it. Remarkable images too. I’ve found airport Wifi systems routinely unreliable. For what they’re charging for tix, you’d think they could improve that infrastructure. Hope you made it home without further snafus. And welcome back!

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    • Well… I did have hours to kill… helps with the perseverance! The wifi was great in New York. Didn’t keep booting me out like it did in Miami. And yes, for what they are charging, you would think.
      The remaining flight was a mere 55 minutes and too bumpy for service (really? who needs to nosh in so short a time?) and I flew out of immigration in no time and my bag was in the first to land on the carrousel. A wonderful week, with a good return and my son who told me I had chosen the suckiest time ever to come home. 9 pm on a Saturday night? Total buzzkill… 😉 I’m trying to cry… really, I am…
      And thank you!

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      • Boys seem to have a genetic failing when it comes to gratitude. Sorry-they just can’t seem to overcome it. If it’s any consolation, the rest of us are thrilled you made it home safely and eventually. 🥰

        I used to have to fly to Vegas frequently for business and the Wifi was horrible. Come to think of it, it’s not all that great at DIA either. Hmm…

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        • Where the hell did my reply go?
          Yeah, I hear ya… they are lacking, usually.
          You would think in today’s world, Wifi would no longer even be something you had to think about…

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  5. I love how you saw the luminous beauty in this–and good you didn’t get too close! I would have just thought big jellyfish. I’m sure this second version was better (but what a pain to have the first one disappear).

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    • How serendipitous to have this prompt show up the day after I spot this beauty. No way in hell I was testing to see if 1) it was alive and 2) if it really does sting. I am positive this version is better (coz yanno… no one can dispute it 😉 )
      I had a feeling I had lost it, truth be told. Somehow airport wifi does not save as you go along like the home version…

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  6. Dear Dale,

    Beautiful shots. Glad you were able to get them from a distance. Ah airports and airport food. Where else can you get a $15.00 burger that tastes like cardboard? Glad you’re back safe and sound and the jelly didn’t get you. Lovely to read your voice again.

    Shalom and lotsa sunshiny hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Thank you. I was up pretty darn close, tell you what. We made sure those tentacles remained out of our reach, though! I was surprised that my burger with fries and a beer cost me a mere $25.88… course that is US so in CAD, that means “just” $33.24… 🙄 That said, this one was actually good! Who’d a thunk?
      So glad to read that.

      Shalom and lotsa back-to-reality love,



    • I hadn’t seen you had commented until you said so on FB!
      What? You don’t want to get up close and personal? They really are beautiful. Nature has a way of warning and attracting at the same time. Best not test, I say!

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  7. Portuguese man of war?
    A blue bottle floated on the sea
    by the magic house in Africa.
    I went for a swim.
    Didn’t see it.
    It hit me.
    I saw many luminous lights by my eyes…
    The sting left a question mark scar for many many years.

    (That is why I stay away from poetry. Totally suck at it. And dislike blue bottles thoroughly.) 😬
    (True story. I was lucky, some people die) 🏴‍☠️

    Miami? Super? Complètement rétablie alors?
    Et le nouveau boulot? 👍🏻?

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  8. Q

    Fun fact, there are zero man-o-war sightings in Delaware. Yeah, I looked it up. Not a one. And they also have a superb collection of clove cigarettes. But uh . . . their 80 degree weather leaves a lot to be desired as compared to further south, where the tropical breeze leaves you feeling like it’s a Bob Marley song come to life.

    As for this critter, they are the strong and silent type. And the turtle in that fable . . with one helluva left hook. Or right one. Depending on their migratory course.


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    • They are beautifully dangerous, aren’t they? Oh, I stay away from anything I don’t know. It does seem too pretty to be harmful. Thank you so much! Glad you liked!

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