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Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 18 (Silence)

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

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"Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 18 is an article I try to write each week.

I toss out a single word prompt for inspiration, hoping it kicks our creativity in gear.

Each of us decide whether to write a poem, a short story, a song, or a combination.

The only requirement is to have fun while writing.

"Writing Advice from Neil Gaiman | Discovery MasterClass"

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Thank You for Welcoming Me Back

Thank you all for welcoming me back. I appreciate everyone letting me know how much you enjoy these word prompts.

Trust me, it was a bit difficult for me to put my phone down and go silent for a few days.

I missed talking with you, reading your work, and writing, but sometimes life deals you a hand you must pay attention too.

This was one of those times and it was so worth it.

We spent eleven days on the road seeing God's country, but I didn't put my phone down right away because I wanted to finish that week's word prompt.

We traveled to Panama City Beach Florida, Pigeon Forge Tennessee, and stopped on the way home to catch a Cincinnati Reds Ballgame.

It was a terrific time. I'm so glad we had this time together.

We are talking about traveling again soon, but if we do I will let you know.

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Inspiration

I wish I could've taken the time to jot down a few notes along our journey.

There was literally inspiration everywhere.

A beautiful countryside, a bear with her baby cubs, a driver weaving in and out of traffic, an ocean whose waves were peaceful one moment and angry the next.

Even those moments when traffic barely moved or we dined at a nice restaurant inspired me.

So if you have a few moments, take a drive. See part of God's country, even if it's just down the road from where you live.

Pay attention to each detail. Notice how it effects your senses and mood.

When you return home, start jotting down a few notes.

I think you will find loads of inspiration.

Word Prompt = Silence

This week I've decided to go with the word "silence."

Silence is the complete absence of sound or no talking.

Some of us love the silence. We create better in solitude with absolutely no noise.

Others hate complete silence, and have music or a tv on in the background.

Sometimes silence is a welcome relief. A time to take a well needed break and relax.

Then there are times if we listen closely, we can hear answers echoing into our thoughts.

There are also people, usually narcissists, who use silence as a form of emotional abuse causing distress to their victims.

This is known as the silent treatment when they ignore a person who is right in front of them. Refusing to speak a word.

Then there are couples who automatically understand one another in silence. They feel the other one's desire. Their hearts are connected as one.

Or maybe we're tired. We've reached that breaking point where we no longer care. We walk away in silence because our relationship is not worth trying to salvage.

I'm certain there are countless other ideas, so let's see what everyone decides to write.

Jot down a few notes and have some fun.

Silence is peace,

Silence is solace,

Silence is love,

Silence is salvation,

Silence is nature,

Silence is life,

Silence is gesture,

Silence is vibes.

— Namramita Banerjee

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Highlights this Week

All I can say is, "Wow!"

Each one of you did a superb job in writing your responses for "memories."

Everyone's work is a piece of art with unique qualities.

I might as well tape them to the wall, blindfold myself and toss a dart.

It's that difficult to choose.

I must say I rather enjoyed Misbah's idea of a time machine to take us back to those childhood days.

I'm ready whenever she gets it working.

To read her piece follow the link below.

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Pamela Oglesby's Gives Us a Glimpse of Her Childhood

Pamela writes us a piece showing her memories from an overall perspective in her childhood.

She takes us on a journey reminding us of those simpler times in life when families actually enjoyed doing things together.

Playing board games, taking picnics and even fishing.

She tells us about the connection between her and her sister. How they enjoyed one another's company and sharing time together.

The two of them always found something fun to do and not even the rain could stop them.

She shows us love in her memories for her grandparents. Telling us how she ate eggs believing they had grass cooked in them since ger grandpa had just finished mowing the lawn. She didn't want to upset him so she said nothing.

Then she talks about sharing a bicycle and growing up as a teenager.

Everything from watching American Bandstand to working her first job.

She tells us memories are the most precious things she owns and I must agree, for it's the same with me.

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this one yet, follow the link below.

It's worth your time.

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John Hansen Wants To Remember All His Memories

John wrote his poem challenging himself even further by using the A.B."Banjo" Paterson's "A Bush Christening" as inspiration.

In this he writes with a "syllable count of 12-9-12-9 and the A B C B rhyme scheme with an internal rhyme of the 6th and 12th words in the longer lines." ~ per John Hansen.

He tells us in his poem how his mind recalls those past years but can't recall moments from recent days.

He shows us how his old memories linger as he recalls grandma's fresh bread & grandpa's old vintage car.

Going camping, the time it took for his dad to build their first house, and walking to school without worry with his friends.

Yet his recent memories of the last week are not there.

He hopes to recapture them all as he adds to his memories in his book of life.

To read John's writing, follow the link below.

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Past Word Prompt Articles

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Response to Word Prompt

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Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 16, 2021:

Week 18 ~ Silence

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 18, 2021:

Silence

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 13, 2021:

Post links for silence

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 07, 2021:

Links here..

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Word prompt article ~ Silence

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 05, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 03, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 01, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 01, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 30, 2021:

Take a moment to read Rozlin's writing.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/What-is-Silence-Poem...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 29, 2021:

Silence...

I know a few are working on this one.

Post links here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 28, 2021:

Read everyone's work

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 28, 2021:

Read everyone's work for this week

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 27, 2021:

Post your links for silence here...

In case I missed anyone

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 26, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 26, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 25, 2021:

Take a moment to read Vidya D Sagar's work.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Silence-the-min...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 25, 2021:

Manatita

It is so great to see you.

I've missed your comments.

That moment of silence after reciting a poem...sounds awesome.

Take care my friend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 25, 2021:

Take a moment to read Pamela Oglesby's writing.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Silence-A-Response-t...

manatita44 from london on June 25, 2021:

I think I have read John's, Pamela's and one more so far. There're all good but diverse! Silence is Peace! I love that! Perhaps you have a little in your travels I hope, although with modern life we are forced sometimes to get things done. Stay well and blessed and keep up this great work.

Here's a new form of Silence. I recite poetry in public and humans laugh and clap. Every now and again someone will do a poem which is so touching, so impactful, that no one says anything for a few seconds. At best you'll get the odd "Wow!" Om Shanti! True reflection is quite similar.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 25, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 24, 2021:

Alyssa

Thank you.

Those drives are always alot of fun.

I'll look forward to reading your writing when you get done.

No problem.

Alyssa from Ohio on June 24, 2021:

Sounds like a fun trip! I'm sure there was a lot to observe out the window! I love road trips. My husband and I turn the music on, I sip my coffee, and we'll have stretches where we chat and stretches where we're silent. It's absolutely wonderful!

I'm steadily working on prompts 16 and 17. I've added this one to my list as well. I think it's a great one! Thank you Brenda!

Have a wonderful weekend!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 24, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 23, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 23, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 23, 2021:

Misbah

I just finished reading your work.

It's very powerful.

Great job!

I posted the link in the article & left you a message on your comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 23, 2021:

Take a moment to read Misbah Sheikh's writing

https://letterpile.com/poetry/My-Silence-is-a-mess...

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on June 23, 2021:

Brenda, Here's a link to my article:

https://letterpile.com/poetry/My-Silence-is-a-mess...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

This week's word prompt is "Silence"

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thank you.

This trip was about making some memories to last a lifetime.

I'm so glad we had this time together.

As for Silence, I'm with you.

I think it will bring a few interesting reads.

John Hansen & Ravi Rajan have already submitted their responses.

I hope you take a moment to read them.

Have a great day and see you soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

Take a moment to read John Hansen's work on Silence.

It's a real treat. You'll love it.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Roaring-Silence-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

John

I just finished reading this one.

Your muse definitely kicked in gear.

Great writing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 22, 2021:

Hi Brenda!

Good to know that you had an enjoyable trip. We need such holidays, for rejuvenation and positive thoughts.

Silence, sounds like an interesting prompt, with immense possibilities. Will be interesting to read the responses of fellow writers.

Have a good day and thanks for sharing this interesting article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

Bill

Thank you.

Our time away was definitely worth it.

Just wish it didn't cost as much as it did, but we are both worth it.

These are moments no one can take away from us.

As for the silence...I know you love them doggies.

I remember reading in one of your articles that you write in solitude.

Your dogs do give you that quiet time. Maybe lying there on the floor as you jot away those thoughts.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 22, 2021:

Pamela

Thank you for quite a lovely response.

I'm very touched that you are selfishly glad I'm back.

I was missing being here too.

But traveling while we still can is so important to us right now.

Thanks for reading everyone's work & keeping this word prompt going.

Have a wonderful day and we'll talk again soon.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 22, 2021:

Here is a link to my poem for the prompt "Silence" Brenda.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Roaring-Silence-...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2021:

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Good for you! Trips like that are good for the soul. As for silence, I wish my dogs would give me more of it. lol

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2021:

I love the description of your trip. I have done a lot of traveling across this great country, and it is so beautiful. I have also read everyone's response to last weeks prompt, and they were also so good.

I will have to think about the new prompt. Selfishly, I am glad you are back,Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Ravi

You are quite welcome.

I posted a link in the word prompt article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Take a moment to read Ravi Rajan's writing for "Silence."

He has written some wonderful Haikus.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Power-of-Silence...

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 21, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda. I am glad you liked them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Ravi

I just finished reading your Haikus. Great job.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 21, 2021:

Hi, Brenda my haiku poem on Silence is as below.Hope you like it.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Power-of-Silence...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Rosina

Thank you so much.

Each werk I feel a bit stumped, but then I decide.

I'm glad everyone enjoys them.

Take care & have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Linda

Thank you.

It was a wonderful time and we really needed to get away.

I hope this prompt gives us a few interesting reads.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Misbah

Sorry ya can't sleep.

Whenever I can't...I get up and jot down a few lines...then I sleep great.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Misbah

Lol! I was so looking forward to it.

But the present is fine for now.

I'm glad you enjoy these prompts.

They are alot of fun.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

John

That sounds like it sparked something inside you.

I'm glad to hear you enjoy the prompts.

P.S.

I'm sending you a message on messenger in a few minutes.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Ravi

Sounds good.

I can't wait to read what you write.

Take your time.

Rosina S Khan on June 21, 2021:

Silence is a great word prompt, Brenda. You do have the knack for coming up with wonderful word prompts and inspiring responses from fellow writers. Looking forward to some interesting results. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2021:

I’m glad you had an enjoyable trip, Brenda. Silence is an intriguing theme for creative work. Thank you for sharing it.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on June 21, 2021:

It's almost 5 a.m here again! Still trying to fall asleep.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on June 21, 2021:

Brenda, I loved the new word prompt, silence. I am sure this silence will create a big noise... Lol... Thank you for sharing the link to my article. About the time machine, Amazon is still not having that engine in their stock... I think we will have to wait a little more. Till then, we can enjoy our time in present... Lol.

Happy Hubbing on this word prompt to everyone. Good Luck to everyone.

Thank you for sharing, Brenda

Many Blessings and Love

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2021:

Oh I look forward to this one, Brenda. “Silence” has so many possibilities. I look forward to these prompts every week.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 21, 2021:

Yes Brenda I am getting some ideas that I need to string together into a coherent piece.THanks for the inspiration.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 21, 2021:

Ravi

That sounds like the beginning of a great piece.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 21, 2021:

Silence is such a powerful word. There is no power greater than silence and its quiet triumph over the noise.THanks for sharing Brenda.

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