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Meditative Journey

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We’ve reached my fourth and last writing prompt of this series. It’s been a useful exercise and helped me focus on different subjects.  The highlight was Childhood Memories post by JC, of life during the London Blitz in WWII.

 For my last week, I hope to capture some of the peace I try to achieve with my daily meditation practice. I’ve always wanted to try writing poetry for meditation; with this in mind, I thought it would be an interesting twist for my final week using writing prompts.

My prompt this week is,

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey? 

I’ve always been interested in Meditation and Mindfulness and I try to practice daily. You could use my poem to aid your meditation practice with the use of imagery.

💦 Meditative Journey On Water 💦 

 

Drifting through the water

It feels light to touch

As my boat swims along

 

Fluffy tufts of wispy 

Brilliant white cloud 

Reflect in the cool water

 

Distorted shapes contort

Whilst my boat glides through

Forming striking aqua tones 

 

My adventure is surreal 

Just floating dreamily 

In watery surrounds 

 

Natures birdsong captures

The peace I seek 

With a light airy feel

 

Poem by Nick 

 

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Favourite flavours

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If your new to my site. I have been working with a variety of writing prompts over the last few weeks. It’s week 3 and this week I’ve been thinking about flavours. I’ve written two poems, my first poem It’s Just?… is based on the prompt below. My second poem is more about memories related to a particular flavour.

Opening up a box of chocolates and selecting a favourite one. Describe why you selected it.

It’s Just?…

Inside

My chocolate 

Box?

Which one

Is best

Should it

Be

Soft centred 

Orange?

Perhaps 

A

Hard brittle 

Toffee?

Or maybe 

It’s the only 

One

I would choose 

A whole box 

Of 

Just Strawberry!

Poem by Nick

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Strawberries 

Taste of summer 

I remember 

A sunny afternoon 

In

Strawberry picking fields

Row 

Upon

Row

Of

Red berry fruit

Taste

Juicy and sweet 

I see

Overhead swifts fly

High 

In the sky

Then 

I head home 

To make jam

In a preserving pan

Strawberries 

Are cooking well

Now

Jam sugar added

And finally

A lingering sweet 

Scent

Hangs

In the light air

Poem by Nick

If you would like to join me in writing a story, poem or descriptionthere’s still time to have a go using the writing prompt belowin no more than 150 words in total.

I will publish each one in a themed post on my site next week. (Subject to work being suitable for publication, is not offensive, abusive and does not contravene any laws in any way.)

I will also write something for each theme and hopefully there will be a number of writing styles to compare. 
Please send in work by the date listed with a written note giving me permission to publish your item on my site. I look forward to reading your work and letting others share your amazing stories.

So here is my writing prompt for a short story, poem or description. 

Week 4 

To be published on 25th June, please send in by 23rd June

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey? 

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Childhood Memories

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I’m continuing with my writing prompts for week two. Thinking back to childhood days and recalling a memory that made a firm impression. I’m really pleased to have received an amazing childhood memory, a first hand account of life during the war years…

It was October 1940 during the London Blitz and I lived in a street which does not exist anymore off Lodge Lane, North Finchley N12. The house where I lived with my parents and siblings was in a street of 20 houses (10 on one side and 10 on the other) it was a Cul de Sac with a brick wall at the end. A wicket consisting of three stumps and a set of balls was painted on the wall. We had great fun playing cricket, with a tennis ball bowled against the “wicket”.

My childhood memory is…

We had finished our evening meal, and I was sitting by our tiny fire on one side and listening to the radio on the other side, when the radio suddenly switched itself off, and almost immediately the public air raid warning could be heard.

I was 10 years old and the siren did not worry me much as I had heard it plenty of times previously, but what I also heard was the sound of aircraft engines almost overhead then there was a whistling sound as I realised that the aircraft had dropped a number of bombs, then a most enormous bang and our windows which fortunately were covered in wooden shutters were bombarded by mud from the crater caused by the exploding bombs, one of which landed on my school – about 150 yards away and others landed a little further away.
Account by JC.

Thanks to JC for sending me this to print, I’m sure your vivid memory, must of been a frightening experience to have as a child, but a gripping one for us to read about. Nick

 

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I think some of our most vivid memories can be formed around the taste of something. I was reminiscing recently about desserts I remember having as a child. Over time our taste for food changes as my poem this week illustrates.

 

Desserts past and present 

Urghh!

Artic roll

Sponge fingers

Rhubarb and custard

Profiteroles 

and 

Ice cream blocks in between wafers…

These are a few of my most hated desserts 🍨🧁 🍮 

🍓🍓🍓

Yum! Yum!

Trifle 

Elton mess

Pear and ginger yogurt 

Tiramisu 

and

Strawberries and Ice cream with meringues

Some of my most loved desserts 🍧🥮🍓

Poem by Nick



If you would like to join me in writing a story, poem or description, there’s still time to have a go using the writing prompts below; in no more than 150 words in total.

I will publish each one in a themed post on my site over the next few weeks. (Subject to work being suitable for publication, is not offensive, abusive and does not contravene any laws in any way.)

I will also write something for each theme and hopefully there will be a number of writing styles to compare. 
Please send in work by the date listed with a written note giving me permission to publish your item on my site. I look forward to reading your work and letting others share your amazing stories.

So here are my writing prompts for a short story, poem or description. 

Week 3 

To be published on 18th June, please send in by 16th June

Opening up a box of chocolates and selecting a favourite one. Describe why you selected it.

Week 4 

To be published on 25th June, please send in by 23rd June

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey? 

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Secrets inside a Deserted House

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Following on from last weeks launch of my writing prompt posts; I will make a start with the first prompt, which was;

A deserted house sits at the corner of the street. It’s been vacant for years, no one goes in, no one comes out. What’s the story? (approx 150 words)

Secrets inside a deserted house

Through a hole in the rickety fence, I see an overgrown mass of weeds. I clamber through them to a huge wooden door. As I approach I can see it’s open and inside a large oak table is covered in a thick layer of dust.

A creaky floorboard moves as I walk across it and I briefly glance at the floor. Below where I am stood, I notice a door partially hidden in the floor. It looks like someone was disturbed when they were shutting it, as it’s been left slightly open. 

I sit for a moment thinking about the house I’m in.  It’s been empty for years now; I’ve never seen anyone go in or out. If I go through the door, could I become one of the forgotten souls? Lifting the door carefully I look inside. It’s completely black. I climb into the darkness and I’m gone!… 

I hope you enjoyed my short story this week.

If you would like to join me over the next few weeks, your writing can be a short story, poem or descriptionin no more than 150 words in total.

I will publish each one in a themed post on my site over the next few weeks. (Subject to work being suitable for publication, is not offensive, abusive and does not contravene any laws in any way.)

I will also write something for each theme and hopefully there will be a number of writing styles to compare. 
Please send in work by the date listed with a written note giving me permission to publish your item on my site. I look forward to reading your work and letting others share your amazing stories.

So here are my writing prompts for a short story, poem or description. 

Week 2 

To be published on 11th June, please send in by 9th June

Think back to your childhood days and recall a memory of something that made a firm impression on you. 

Week 3 

To be published on 18th June, please send in by 16th June

Opening up a box of chocolates and selecting a favourite one. Describe why you selected it.

Week 4 

To be published on 25th June, please send in by 23rd June

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey?