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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 21 (Age)

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 21 is an article I write each week hoping to inspire our creativity.

I choose a single word prompt encouaging others to write a poem, a short story, a song or any combination.

The only requirement is to relax and have fun while writing.

"Poets vs. Prose Writers by Big Think"

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Introduction

Life has a way of turning the tables on you, just when you are happy with everything.

This week we had to say farewell to a family who has become so dear to our hearts and our community.

Barry Pettit, his wife Betsy and their three children.

They travelled to our little community when Barry accepted the role of minister at our little church, Southside Church of Christ.

For six years we've grown close and watched their children grow up.

I remember when they first arrived, there was no house for them.

A church member temporarily set up a camper at a nearby campground for them to use.

I have to give Betsy credit for handling that one with so much grace. If it had been me, I probably would have run to the hills.

After all, her children were quite young.

Their three kids just finished 8th grade, 5th grade and kindergarten this past year.

We've come to love them like family, but circumstances beyond anyone's control has called them home to be closer with their own families.

We are going to miss them, but they will always be a part of our life journey.

I, for one, am thankful that my path crossed with theirs. I will forever be grateful.

Isn't it strange how things like this put an impact on your life.

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Inspiration

Inspiration surrounds us.

It can hit us during our morning walk, or tear at us when we are sad or happy.

It has no boundaries. It grabs us at the most inappropriate moments requesting our attention.

If you are a writer, you know what I mean.

My only advice is to go with it. Let your muse direct the way.

Accept the fact that it knows what it is doing. Jot down those notes.

Don't ignore it! It could be your best mastepiece.

Word Prompt = Age

This week I've chosen the word prompt "Age."

I've chosen this word because it is on my mind since my mother turns 81 years of age this week.

I feel like we can do alot with this word prompt.

Maybe we are thinking about how old we are right now, or a time in our life when we finally got to be the age we waited for so long for...like turning 18.

Or is age important in the scheme of life at all?

Is it just a number and we are only as old as we feel?

Or maybe we believe we are never too old to find our dreams.

You be the judge and jot down a few notes. Let's see what your muse comes up with for this one.

I'll be waiting.

Live your life and forget your age.

— Norman Vincent Peale

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Highlights This Week

Wow! That's the only word I can think of except Sensational.

This week's responses to the word prompt were out of this world. Everyone did a fantastic job.

Fran Rooks (powers41) even put her hand in the ring and did a fantastic job. The link to her work is below.

EK Jadoon writes us a poem, "Regret Is Useless" telling us a the story about how eventually the one who hurts others will feel immense regret when those tables turn, but it is too late.

Her poem, "He had to go" expresses the truth that it is waste of time crying with regret when someone leaves. One must move forward.

She uses Bill Holland's statement:

"I don't spend time thinking about what I should have done in the past. That, to me, is a complete waste of time. I deal with the present, what I can change now, and I deal with the future tomorrow. It works well for me."

~Bill Holland

So she tells us there is no sense worrying about spilled milk. We should move forward.

In the introduction to his story, "Regret to Trust—a Short Story, she paints a sad heartbreak for us.

She shows us how we can make someone very important in our lives almost immediately.

Sara was glowing & was very happy as she told her mother about her relationship, but her mother knew the truth.

Her mother didn't want her to get hurt, but she knew her daughter needed to know the truth.

So she sent her to that house with files knowing it would break her heart into pieces, but at least she would know the truth before they went too far.

To read EK's work, follow the link below.

Greg Cain (boxelderred) writes from a different point of view that I think you will all enjoy.

He talks about receiving that I regret to inform you letter.

Those letters that always make us wonder what we aren't being told. What's the real truth?

But they keep that truth hidden because it just might get them into trouble if they say it out loud.

Then they send us endless surveys wanting us to answer after we've not been selected.

But the truth sneaks out. You are not really up to par & instead of being sad or having regrets, maybe you should go to the doctor for a second opinion.

Then the clincher, we hate to tell you, but you are not very attractive.

Wow! I wouldn't want to receive this kind of letter.

Yet we deal with employers everyday who don't tell us the real reasons why we weren't hired.

Maybe we are too overweight; not attractive; our attire isn't suitable; we're the wrong race....the lists goes on & on.

When Greg's writing started out it reminded me of those regret to inform you letters I receive when my writing isn't selected, but this letter is so much worse.

To read Greg's work, follow the link below.

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Manatita44

Manatita has graced us with two articles this week.

In his first piece he begins his work with "Quotes from the Master, Sri Chinmoy" reminding us not to depend on the earth's applause & to know we can survive anything with a righteous heart.

In his poem, "Inspirations", he shows us how one holds the radiant light from the divine inside his heart.

He tells how he struggled in life searching restlessly for the things of this earth to please him, only to return right back where his path had begun.

He holds no regrets for he realizes he needed to learn these lessons.

Now he holds the truth, the way, the light of the dawn in his life.

He basks in the glorious light reflecting in his soul.

Then he includes more "Quotes from the Master", Sri Chinmoy, that remind us that with his love flowing through our body we can finally be at peace.

He ends this article with an image of white tulips that signify pure perfect love reminding us that sometimes we must have faith.

For a tulip endures alot of darkness before he finds the light.

In his second piece of work his poem, "Forward to Jannah Regrets?" he tell us to be ourselves.

If we follow our path in life, love will flow naturally.

It will not be hidden. The glory will shine.

We often expect too much, which will cause us to be disappointed.

We need to let go and follow the divine light to find our true path in life.

In "No Looking Back (Regrets)

Wisdom from Hafiz" this quote encourages us to love life with no regrets.

He reminds us to let go of the past; to not harbor regrets in our hearts.

Once we let go...our soul can shine in the light of the divine

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading his work, please follow the links below.

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Rozlin

Rozlin tells us in her poem, "Backing a Lost Soul in Regret - Poem" not to worry.

She tells us to pick up right where we failed and keep going until we find success.

She tells us to talk with God for he knows what is in our hearts & he has a plan for our life.

She tells us to not to waste precious time being sad over something that wasn't meant for us.

To learn from our mistakes. Time will not come back for us, so use it wisely.

Live each day like it might be your last.

Enjoy each moment.

Then in her acrostic poem she tells us we are going to have regrets, but we should embrace them.

Learn from our mistakes.

To read her work, click the link below

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Kyler Falk

Kyler Falk chooses a perfect video to set the mood.

I had my feet swaying to the tune with my hands held high.

He dusted off those cobwebs & gave us a superb piece of poetry using almost all of my word prompts.

His poem, "Marching Alone Into The Future" shows us that one's reflection knows he wants to be free just by the look inside his eyes.

No matter what is going on around him, he is caught up in the tangled lies he weaves.

It is in those moments of silence, regret eats away at his core.

But he keeps moving forward, not letting the past haunt him for too long as he chases another moment of passion.

There will be times of sadness, but he will leave his sorrow behind with yesterday for there is always a new gateway knocking at the door of life for him to follow.

Heo moves past the conflicts, looking towards the sunshine.

He knows you don't need a happily ever after to survive.

He keeps his passion lit as he moves forward with determination to succeed, hoping he can find someone to help fullfill his every desire.

It describes the actions and feelings of a playboy at heart that doesn't need a happily ever after or fairy tales to have what he wants in life.

Sadness sometimes hits him, but he knows tomorrow will always come and give him another chance.

To read Kyler's work, follow the link below.

"Billy Collins On The Great Poets ~ Big Think"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses to Word Prompt

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

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

Week 21 ~ Age.

Read Greg Cain's new write.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 17, 2021:

Take a moment to read Greg Cain's piece on Age.

You'll like it.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Giving-and-Taking-A-...

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

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

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

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

Take a moment to read Alyssa's writing on Age.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/poetry-prompt-20

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

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

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

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

Age prompt

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

Take a moment to read Manatita44's writing for Age ~ Week 21.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Age-Youth-Vs-Wisdom-...

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

I cannot find Tobe's work on my newsfeed so I will leave my comment here.

Tobe

I love how you start your article with this quote:

" When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There's an unspeakable dawn in happy old age". - Victor Hug

You give us some very good advice to enrich our life instead of retiring & shutting down.

Me personally, I don't think I will ever shut down. I love life.

Life can be a struggle as we get older, but the reward is worth it.

We must learn to adapt as we age.

In your poem "Aging - A poem." You remind us what it's like to get old.

Not being able to do things we once could..like change a tire.

How our joints ache.

(I blame that on the weather...lol)

We're left looking at the wrinkles and all the other signs wondering when this all happened

You tell us wishing to be young again will not happen, but we can be content with the character it adds to our beauty.

Tobe this is a wonderful assessment of aging.

We can't hide from it, but we can accept it with grace.

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

Peggy

Thank you.

I quite agree.

Take care.

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

Vidya

Thank you

I try...even if it's right before i go to sleep.

Have a great day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2021:

It is always fun reading what people write in response to your weekly word prompts. This one should be fun.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 21, 2021:

Thanks for another interesting word prompt this week Brenda. Your advise on writing is valuable. Jotting down a few lines every day is a good idea. Must follow this. Looking forward to the interesting responses of our Hubber friends for this week's word prompt. Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 20, 2021:

Peace Tobe Dike...please comment on your own article so it will go back on the news feed.

I want to leave my comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 20, 2021:

Pamela

Thank you & you're welcome.

You are a natural when it comes to poetry.

I'm glad you enjoyed everyone's work.

My week hasn't started out well so it can only get better.

Which it has...by getting air conditioner put in bedroom.

The sky's the limit...maybe my neighbors will finally move out...if not, I'll be looking soon.

Oh well. It's a nice hot day here, but I'm tired.

Maybe a quick nap before I try that fair.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Brenda. I use to write poetry when I was young and I do not know why I didn't continue. I really enjoy writing it now.

John's poetry is always outstanding, and I look forward to his response each week. I liked Chitrandada's as well.

The Ingrid Bergman comment is excellent. I enjoyed your article, and I just read Peace's good poem a little while ago.

As usual I drew a blank when I saw the prompt - 'shadow". I never know if I can come up with something and it always takes a few days. LOL.

I hope you are having a good week, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 20, 2021:

Take a moment to read Tobe Dike's writing.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Age-A-response-to-Br...

I haven't read this one yet.

Please leave comments for her.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 20, 2021:

Tobe

Sorry, but I didn't get to this one.

I will post a link in the word prompt article & read this afterbit.

I've got a few errands I have to do and Lord knows I didn't get any sleep last night...thanks to the heat & my neighbors.

But I will definitely read it & comment.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 20, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Here's a link to my response for "Age" I hope y'all like it.

http://hub.me/aoBOv

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 19, 2021:

I'm working on Week 22...but I don't have it finished.

It's kinda hot in my bedroom...80 degrees with a fan blowing, but I only have one air conditioner in right now.

So I'm calling it a night & will work on it tomorrow.

Have a great day/ night everyone.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 19, 2021:

Word prompt Age

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

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

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

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

Take a moment to read Pamela Oglesby's writing...

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Age-The-21st-Brenda-...

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

Post links here..~ Age

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 17, 2021:

Post links here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 17, 2021:

Take a moment to read Ravi Rajan's Haikus & article on Age.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Fascinating-Jour...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 17, 2021:

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

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Poem-Age-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 17, 2021:

Post links here for Age

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

John

I just finished reading your work.

You & your muse did quite well.

I posted my comment on your article.

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

Take a moment to read John Hansen's writing.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poems-For-the-Ages

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

Hi Brenda, here is a link to my contribution:

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poems-For-the-Ages

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

Post links for Age

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

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 15, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 15, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 15, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 15, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 14, 2021:

Take a moment to read Emee chan's writing on Age.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/We-Arent-Our-Age-Hav...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 14, 2021:

Here's my attempt at the word prompt...I hope you like it.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Journey-of-Age-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 14, 2021:

Post links here ~ Age

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 14, 2021:

I made an error and I have now corrected it...EK Jadoon is a female.

Sorry, Ek.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 14, 2021:

Manatita44

Your words made me smile & that's a great way to start the day.

I love that you were 7 last week...lol.

Celebrate age everyday...each day is a true blessing.

As a friend of mine says...it's good to be alive.

manatita44 from london on July 14, 2021:

Beautiful, Brenda.

You have transcended yourself with this interesting commonality of man, 'regret', and as such the many responses to it. I'm very much like Bill on this one and yes, I love the letter approach.

Age is an interesting one. I've written a few pieces on it as has Dora Isaac Weithers. We champion its cause. Chuckle. I was just 7 last week. I'm still celebrating. Nice work, Brenda!

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

Chitrangada

Thank you.

I posted it on the word prompt article.

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

Take a moment to read Chitrangada Sharan's work.

This is one that Chitrangada wrote previously.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Someone-Said-Aging-P...

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

Thanks Chitrangada...I'll take a look at it.

No rush...take your time on the prompt.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 13, 2021:

Hi Brenda!

Sharing the link to my earlier published poem, about ‘Age’, as you said.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Someone-Said-Aging-P...

Will try to attempt again on this word prompt.

Thank you for the motivation.

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

Vidya

Thank you.

It is sad when people you become close to go on a different path. But it happens.

Have a great day.

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

Tulii

Thank you so much for your kindness.

I'm so glad you are back as part of our Hubpages family.

I'll look forward to reading your work.

Have a great day.

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

Chitrangada

Thanks .

If you want to share the one you wrote earlier, that would be fine.

I'd love to read it & I'll look forward to reading your new one.

Have s great day.

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

EK

Thank you.

I can't wait to see what this one sparks.

Have a great day.

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

Peggy

Thank you.

This week might be an interesting one.

He helped our little church go from 100 attending each week to 450.

He us gonna be missed.

Take care.

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

Bill

Don't feel like you are all alone...that Age creeps up on all of us.

Have a great day & I look forward to the surprise.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 13, 2021:

Sorry about your Pastor and family moving from your area. This week's word prompt is interesting. I am eager to see the response of all our Hubpages friends. Have a great day.

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

Rozlin

Thank you.

It will be another interesting one I hope

Take care & have a great day.

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

John

Thank you.

Life keeps moving forward.

Faces constantly change I guess.

Age is a different one...we'll see.

Take care.

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

Rosina

Thank you.

I'm glad the writers here on Hubpages could make a wonderful afternoon for you.

There was some excellent writing on Regret.

I'm curious as to what Age might bring.

Have a great day.

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

Misbah

Glad to hear you like it and something popped right into mind.

Bredz

Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on July 13, 2021:

Very nice article Brenda. Wonderful! Extraordinary! Yes, age is just a number. I rejoined Hubpages after almost 2 months due to some personal reasons. Thank you for this excellent article.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 13, 2021:

Hi Brenda!

I liked all the responses to the word prompt, regret. Thanks for sharing the links.

‘Age’ is another interesting prompt. I have written on this topic earlier, but would like to attempt once again. Meanwhile, can I share the link to my earlier poem here?

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post and good day to you.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 13, 2021:

Waiting for the cool responses on the word 'age'. You are doing a great job, Brenda. Thanks for boosting our creativity.

Stay safe and healthy...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2021:

I am sorry for you that your pastor and family must move away from your area. It sounds like they are very adaptable to changing situations. Your word prompts are really inspiring people to write! Maybe sometime, I will have the time to do something with your prompts. Age should prove to be a good one! My number is creeping up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 13, 2021:

If ever there was a prompt I know something about, it's this one. I've got "age" nailed. lol I look forward to the responses. One of these days I'm going to surprise you and take part in the festivities you prompt.

Rozlin from UAE on July 13, 2021:

Hi, Brenda. Thank you for another new prompt, Age. Let's see what everyone comes up with and me too. Thank you dear for mentioning about my last word prompt article and it's link. Stay safe and healthy always, dear friend Brenda.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 13, 2021:

Sorry to hear your pastor and his family had to move. It sounds like they were a cherished part of the community. I enjoyed this article and the quotes and videos, Brenda. "Age" is a worthy word prompt too. Let's see what wonderful responses you get.

Rosina S Khan on July 13, 2021:

Brenda, I spent a wonderful afternoon reading the poems I have not read before based on the word prompt: "Regret". The new word prompt "Age" is something to ponder and reflect and I am sure it will entice a lot of fellow writers. Wish you all the best. Have a great Tuesday.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 13, 2021:

Age is a nice prompt, Bedz. When this word comes to mind, I simply say, "Age is just a number." LOL

Blessings and Love to you.

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

Pamela

I'm going to miss my Pastor & his wife alot.

We often had salad parties there where everyone brought canning jars to fix salad in for the whole week.

Guess I'll have to wrirw an article about that one, but we all brought fixings & as long as you didn't put thexsalad dressing on it...it lasted all week.

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

Pamela

Thank you so much for your kind words.

I enjoy reading everyone's writing...it is fantastic.

Take care & I hope you enjoyed your time away.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 13, 2021:

It is a shame your pastor must move. Life can be so strange sometime when an event overs that you thought would never happen. You sure had a great response ro the word regret. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm and work.

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