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Looking back…

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In the next few weeks I’m taking a break.  In the meantime, I will be revisiting some of my favourite posts and hopefully yours as well.

I will be back to writing  fresh new posts again soon.

In the meantime I’m…

Dreaming of Spring 

Whenever I think of spring it reminds me of visiting the University town of Oxford in England.

Described as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, because of the amazing architecture of the university buildings. 

It’s an inspiring place; author Lewis Carroll wrote his famous novel Alice in Wonderland here in 1862.

The story is based on a girl called Alice who follows a white rabbit into a rabbit hole and arrives in wonderland.

During her adventure she goes to a mad tea party in chapter seven, or more popularly know as the Mad Hatters tea party.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fall down a rabbit hole and explore wonderland for yourself? Inspired by the tea party; I’ve written my own short story based on this idea.

Two Versions of an Amazing Dream by Nick 

A strong smell of tarmac rises from the ground. 

“Yes, that blue teapot tastes good, its made from blue chocolate!” 

From a car window a teacup is thrust out,

“Lovely tea dear, one sugar or two?” 

The ground is hazy, full of green, large, grass; it smells fresh.

Food spread over the grass; doughnuts with jam, pies covered in cream and a red jelly cake with a palm tree in the middle.

A recognisable face dressed as a orange bear eating pies. Cream all over his face. A clown face looks directly at her and disappears in clouds of cream. 

“Pies everywhere I go; I can see pies raining from the sky” Cream covers her, she can feel it on her nose.

Jane looks again at a large pillow. She is awake.

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As Jane walks along in the park a stranger rushes up to her and says

“Yes that blue china teapot tastes good, you have a similar one to mine, it was made of blue chocolate. All I can say is it tasted good, when can you bring me another to try?”

A car pulls up next to Jane, the window winds down and a passenger passes her a cup of tea.

 “Lovely tea, dear, one sugar or two?”

Jane’s vison blurs, she shuts her eyes, opens them, and notices in front of her a mass of green, huge blades of grass. 

She is laying on the grass now and in front of her is an amazing picnic. Doughnuts oozing with jam, pies covered in cream, and a red jelly cake in the middle decorated with a pineapple. 

Her friend’s face is visible. He seems to have turned into a giant orange bear and he is hungrily tucking into a pie, covering him in cream. Next to him an inflatable clown snatches the cream pie from his hands and hurls it into the air. The clown shouts 

“Pies, Pies everywhere I go, I can see pies raining from the sky” 

The cream lands all over everything. Jane notices a large blob of cream on the end of her nose. She tries to wipe it off with a tissue and finds she can’t.

Jane moves her head and looks down at a large pillow, she is lying in bed and has woken up. What a crazy dream, did I really dream that!

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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?