A week or two ago blogger Tangled Lou posted a challenge. It sparked my interest but, admittedly, I pushed it away. In my head, I whined about insufficient time and insufficient talent. But then Tangled Lou's challenge reappeared today on Masked Mom's blog and the challenge to myself was on. *
The challenge comes from The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach. The idea is to write ten lines in ten minutes using five out of eight specific words and incorporating an adage or familiar quote that you have in some way altered.
What got me was the beauty of Masked Mom's lyrical prose. She did such a terrific job of incorporating the words and effectively touching the hearts of her readers (just check out the comments). I wanted to try it. It was an interesting exercise. Makes me want to check out the book.
Clouds break over my mind.
They conceal the sun.
They make it cold in here.
The walls lock me up.
I can be so small.
Small enough to be the eye of a needle.
I am the disappear-er.
I can edge to the cliff.
I can fly.
Every day I can be scared and I can be alive.
("Do one thing every day that scares you". Eleanor Roosevelt)
* Besides the title of Masked Mom's entry was "All The Cool Kids Are Doin' It" and, lord knows, I gotta be cool......