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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 22 (Shadow)

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Article Summary

"Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 22 is an article I write each week hoping to inspire that creative genius hiding inside of us.

Each week I choose a single word prompt. We can use this word to create a poem, a short story, song, or whatever our muse desires.

The only requirement is to have fun while writing.

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It's County Fair Time

Each year my little county has a fair. It's not too big, but it has all the basics.

It has barns full animals, everything from cute litttle bunny rabbits to cows.

The children raise them and show them at the fair hoping to win that Best of Show ribbon.

Then they are auctioned to the highest bidder where the proceeds go towards the child's college fund.

We have a Grand Stand hosting live events daily. Like Truck & Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derby's, Horse Racing and occasional a singer.

This year they've added Wiener Dog Races and my mind can only imagine. Seriously, are they going to let little dogs race?

Let's not forget the rides which are out of this world expensive.

It costs $6.00 for admission to the fair, but if your child wants to ride it cost an extra $12.00 to get a wristband.

I don't know how families today do it. When I was young our parents dropped us off and let us stay all day.

But if it had costs that much, there would've been no fair days.

They do have one day listed for children to get a free wristband if they are there at a certain time.

This will help a few, but I don't want to be anywhere close on that day. I can just imagine the stampede.

Last but not least is the fairway that houses the games and Fair Food.

I have a couple of favorite delicacies I crave, like those french fries with vinegar.

There are a couple of air conditioned buildings that display local artwork and other things, so when that temperature gets too hot outside, we have a place to cool off.

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Inspiration

Having the inspiration to write is different for each one of us.

Some of us can jot down a few lines by simply looking at a photograph. Or maybe it's the words from a poem, or a book we just finished reading.

Others listen to music or watch a video to get inspired. Or take a stroll outside, observing everything nature has to offer.

It doesn't matter how we get inspired, as long as we do.

The most important piece of advice is to write something down each day.

Even when our muse is trying to take a vacation, we should jot down a few lines. We can always come back to it another day.

The second most important point is to read.

The more we read, the better we understand and recognize good writing. It gives us a sense of empathy.

Other writers can teach us how to show, not tell, as each word in their story pulls us closer.

Pay attention to their style. Look how they put each detail together to create a story.

Word Prompt = Shadow

This week I've chosen the word "Shadow" as our prompt.

The definition for shadow is quite broad. It is a dark figure or image cast upon the ground or elsewhere by something intercepting the light.

When I hear the word shadow, the first phrase that comes to my mind is "only the shadow knows."

I often wonder if my shadow knows anything.

Next my mind drifts towards seeing my shadow when I stand outside in the sunlight.

Then there are times we cast a shadow in our life by letting worry take over.

Some say a shadow is the light of God, for in the shadows we are blessed.

I suppose it could be a shadow in a flowerbed too. Who knows?

There are a few songs that come to mind. One is "Me and My Shadow" which I've included below in the link.

I have absolutely no idea what this word prompt will bring, but I'll be waiting to read them all.

So let's get started, jot down a few notes and see where your muse takes you.

"Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr ~ Me and My Shadow"

The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.

— Ram Dass

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Highlights This Week

Each week the writing that comes in for these word prompts are awesome.

It amazes me what one little word can inspire.

But this week I want to shine a spotlight on one of our Hubbers, Pamela Oglesby.

She had never written a poem before writing one on March 15, 2021 for the word prompt, "Majestic" in Week 4.

Trust me, she is a natural poet. It shines through her words.

She regularly contributes her poems each week and her writing has improved 100 percent.

I'm so proud of her accomplishments.

I've placed links below for her first piece for Week 4 and Week 21.

I hope you take the time to read both of them and see as I do, what an inspiration she truly is to all of us.

Now on to the poetry Pamela has blessed us with this week with her 3 poems.

She words her acrostic poem perfectly telling us what it's like to always be in a rush.

Then in her poem, "Sad Old Man" she shows us the loneliness one has when life has left him all alone.

It's heartbreaking, but we feel his pain.

Her last poem, "My New Car" she shows us how much we really do love our cars.

We spend hours polishing it to look good & then before long it gets scratches & dents.

It's a shame our car has to age, but at least it is ours.

She also includes videos. My favorite is the one by Willie Nelson.

Follow the links below to read Pamela Oglesby's writing.

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John Hansen Set The Bar

In John's poem, "I'm Not My Age" he tells us the story about how we look in the mirror. We know we're not as old as we seem, for we still feel young.

In his poem, "If I Were Young Again" he tell us a comical story about how we look back from the age we are now and think we would be good if we were young once again.

It is so cute.

In his poem, "Age" you show us the differences of how we experience age at the time.

Like when we are young we are childish, but as we grow older we are mature.

In his poem, " Life's Game" he tells us age is just a number.

We stay young at heart no matter what our appearance seems.

We can find new ways to do old things.

Keep up with the latest trends but don't forget the older one gets the better he gives.

Remember to keep taking with the youngsters showing them the importance of coming when dinner is called.

For in the end, we are all the same.

Age doesn't matter.

He ends his article with inspirational quotes.

My favorite:

"Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!" - Ingrid Bergman

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

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Chitrangada Sharan ~ Knows the Meaning of Age

Chitrangada writes us a wonderful poem reminding us not to worry about our physical age and just enjoy each moment.

Age is only a sign of a life well lived.

In her poem, "Someone Said Aging" she shows us those characteristics that make each one of us special.

The strands of grey hair, the wrinkles, dark circles and fine lines around his neck might be there but it only shows a life well lived with life experiences.

Others might think one should retire, but he simply wants to keep dreaming & enjoying each day, embracing the laughter.

Each one of these signs of aging gives us a sense of satisfaction for living a worthwhile life.

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Ravi Rajan's Collection of Haikus

Ravi writes us a collection of haikus about the journey of life and how aging plays an important role in it.

He starts his article out with a wonderful quote:

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old." ~ George Burns

In his poem "The Fascinating Journey of Life" his collection of Haikus tell us

Hate and love is an ageless song because it keeps repeating.

Loneliness is good because it comforts an aging heart within it's memories.

Age doesn't stop as we age for there are new wonders emerging each moment.

That experiences in life age us each day.

City life makes us feel older, unlike the village life where we can relax, singing while we work.

If you haven't had the chance, read Ravi's wonderful haikus follow the link below.

"Leonard Cohen ~ The Poetic Mind by T&H - Inspiration & Motivation"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses To Word Prompt

Response from Bill Holland

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

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

Take a few moments to read these new writes on Shadow.

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/My-Shadow...

Umesh Chandra Bhatt

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/The-Perfe...

Farah N Huq

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

Take time to read Alyssa Nichol's writing.

She's on a roll.

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

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

Week 22 ~ Shadow

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

~shadow

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 02, 2021:

Links ~ Shadow

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 31, 2021:

Take a few moments to read these excellent pieces.

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Shadow-in...

Chrish Canosa

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Mask-We-Wear-Cas...

Janis Leslie Evans

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

Post links ~ shadow

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

Nithya

You are welcome.

I enjoyed your piece very much.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 29, 2021:

Brenda thank you for sharing.

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

~ Shadow

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

~ Shadow

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

Take a moment to read Nithya Venkat's writing on Shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Shadows-in-the-Dark-...

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

Responses here on Shadow

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

Read everyone's work on Shadow

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

Post your links here for Shadow....

In case I missed anyone.

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

Vidya

I posted the link but I haven't had time to read this yet.

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

Take a moment to read Vidya D Sagar's writing on Shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Shadow-Self-and...

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 26, 2021:

My response to "Word Prompt Week 22:

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Shadow-Self-and...

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

Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) did you write something for Shadow????

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

Take a moment to read John Hansen's piece on Shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/My-Shadow-Walks-Besi...

I have not read this one yet.

Leave comments for John.

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

John

I'll be reading this one in a little bit.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 26, 2021:

Here is a link to my response, Brenda. https://letterpile.com/poetry/My-Shadow-Walks-Besi...

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

Post links ~ shadow

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

Post links for Shadow

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

Take a moment to read Emee Chann's writing for Shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Shadow-A-Shield-That...

If anyone has this one on their news feed...please repost so I can comment. Thank you.

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

~shadow

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

Post links ~ shadow

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

Post links ~ shadow

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

Post links ~ shadow

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

Ravi

I just finished reading your work & posted my comment.

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

Take a moment to read Ravi Rajan's haikus for shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Shadows-of-Love...

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on July 23, 2021:

Hi, Brenda my poem on "shadow" is as below.Hope you like it.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Shadows-of-Love...

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

Take a moment to read my writing for Shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Response-to-Wor...

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

Ravi

Thank you.

I'm glad to hear you have a few ideas.

I've been working on mine.

I hope you are healing.

Take care.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on July 23, 2021:

Shadow is a wonderful prompt Brenda. In fact, as I write I am even getting an inkling of an idea. Thanks for sharing.

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

Post links for shadow

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

Take time to read Pamela Oglesby's writing.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Shadow-Per-Brendas-2...

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

Take a moment to read Manatita44's work on shadow.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Triumph-Over-Shadows...

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

Post links for shadow...

I'm working on mine

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

Nithya

I'm glad you enjoy them.

It does make it interesting to read everyone's work.

Take care

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 22, 2021:

Thank you for sharing this wonderful prompt and for sharing the links. Looking forward to reading more poems.

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

Post links for shadow

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

Post links here ~ shadow

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

Manatita44

I left the last one out there for a week.

Tuesday to Tuesday.

Glad you like shadows

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

Chrish

I love that excitement of yours!

I'm looking forward to reading them also.

Shadow...i don't know what might turn up.

manatita44 from london on July 21, 2021:

Lovely! You moved a bit quick with the last one but shadows good too. Sweet!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 21, 2021:

An awesome day Ms Brenda!

I love the one and only requirement

" Have fun "

Shadow? Can't wait!!!! Every one in here has a different drum so I'm kinda excited.

Sending power hugs and kissws!!!!

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

Chitrangada

Thank you for your kind words.

I'm happy to know you like how I interpreted your writing.

I'm not sure what Shadow will bring, but we'll see.

Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

Thank you for sharing another wonderful word prompt. Shadows, sounds interesting, and can be interpreted in so many ways. Looking forward to see some great responses, by fellow writers.

Thank you for analysing my response to ‘age.’ You do it so well.

I enjoyed reading the other excellent responses by fellow writers. All of them are so creative, so thoughtful.

Thank you for your continued and spirited efforts, in providing the word prompts.

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

Bill Holland has referred us to his books for this weeks word prompt, "Shadow".

And rightly so...they have Shadow in the titles.

Take a moment to look them over and read them if possible.

I just found a link for Kindle Unlimited.

https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Kill-Shadow-Thrille...

Shadows Kill (The Shadow Thrillers Book 1)

https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Innocence-Book...

Shadows Over Innocence (The Shadows Series Book 2)

https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Hangmans-Noose...

Shadows Over A Hangman's Noose (The Shadow Series Book 3)

https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Fall-Rosarito-Shado...

Shadows Fall On Rosarito (The Shadow Series Book 4)

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

Bill...i can only find four..

I'm going to post the ones I have found.

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

Rosina

Thanks.

We will see. It might be interesting.

I'm glad you are enjoying them all.

Everyone is doing great writes.

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

John

Thank you.

That sounds great.

You're ahead of me...I'm lost on this one right now.

But that's what makes it fun

Take care.

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

Misbah

Thanks.

I have absolutely no idea what my muse will decide to write.

Just get your strength back...i just posted this one today, so no worries.

Rosina S Khan on July 20, 2021:

"Shadow" is a wonderful word prompt. I am sure it will inspire a lot of amazing and intriguing responses. Looking forward to reading them. I have already read all the responses to the earlier prompt, "Age" and had an enjoyable time.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 20, 2021:

This is a nice article introducing the word prompt “shadows.” I have written a couple of pieces on that subject before that I may link to, but I will also try to write something new on this interesting topic. Thanks Brenda.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 20, 2021:

Bredz, The prompt "shadow" is a good one. I'm hoping to gather a lot of energy to write something in response to this wonderful prompt.

Blessings and Love

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

Post links here ~ Shadow

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

Janis

Thank you.

I'm hoping to enjoy some of those memories later today.

I'm glad you are going to join us in writing.

I'll look forward to reading your work.

Have a great day.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on July 20, 2021:

Hi Brenda, I will make time to join your very successful community activity. I'm intrigued by this week's word prompt, "shadow," looking forward to creating something for you. Also, thanks for prompting great memories of cotton candy, sugar waffles, and merry-go-rounds. I used to love going to the Erie County Fair as a child, growing up in Buffalo, NY.

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

Bill,

That sounds absolutely wonderful!

I'll see if I can find the link and post it for everyone.

I'm hoping to go to the fair later today, but right now I've got to do something for mom.

Then hopefully a short nap...i got that second air conditioner put in this morning.

Talk with soon & don't worry...I'll get caught up on my reading.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 20, 2021:

Instead of me writing something new about shadows, how about I just refer people to my six novels which all have "shadow" in the title? lol

Our state fair is the first two weeks of September. I can hardly wait for some scones.

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