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 Sammi!
My head and camera (the phone one) has been in the clouds for the past few days. Might as well make that work, right? And yet, a thought, clear as day, pops into my mind for this prompt yet I cannot put it into words. What is up with that? So I start and I add and I remove and I move around until I erase the whole damn thing and write it in one fell swoop. How does that happen?
Blue and white
Seeing images in the clouds is child’s play
Who doesn’t love to play?
Blue is white and white is blue
A negative effect that has me
seeing smoke curling out
of a chimney-tree
While the sun looks on
On Monday, Merril was hosting dVerse Prosery. I love this challenge of using only 144 words to tell a story – not in poetry but in prose, using a phrase supplied. Merril’s head must have been in the clouds because that is the theme for this one. We must use the following:
“But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter
Against the blue cloth of the sky”
–from “Clouds” by Constance Urdang
Do take the time to read her poem. It is wonderful! (Very short)
Anyway, how could I resist when I so love clouds? I couldn’t. That said, I am really late to the party so, without further ado:
Pastel hues greet me as I open my blinds, declaring that, beyond my field of vision, the sun has only just risen. I dress and step out into the morning and am immediately shrink-wrapped in a second skin of humidity. The air is thick and there is no breeze to be had. Nevertheless I set off at a light run, on soundless feet (our karate Shihan taught us to run quietly – no heels! no thuds!) I make my way along my now-familiar path, feeling I am one with the universe. My soundscape consists of cawing crows and tweeting birds. Pastels have given way to vibrant fire by the time I get to the park. I look up and Oh! But these clouds are clearly foreign. Such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky cannot ever be considered plain. Everyday exotic beauty.
De from Whimsygizmo is hosting dVerse (okay, it was yesterday and I’m late!) and has told us the sky is the limit for this week’s quadrille. Now, many of you know I’m partial to clouds and sky so choosing just one photo from my rather large collection was difficult. And probably the reason I couldn’t focus on what to write! Na’ama assured me the sky was not falling (she checked) and that I could always post today. Seems she was right, so here I am, after all!
Thoughts and memories
stretch like clouds across the blue sky
Try as you might
to hang on to them
(the good ones)
some will dissipate
gone forever, leaving no trace
Others refuse to let go;
remain part of your story