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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 31(Secrets)

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 31" is an article to help 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 writing.

"11 Writers: Advice to the Young" by Lousiana Channel

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Help Wanted ~ But No Takers

This week I've encountered several restaurants, and department stores with not enough employees to keep the doors open.

Family Dollar, a local department store, isn't opening until 1:00 in the afternoon because they don't have enough workers for a full day.

Then there is our local Frisch's, a restaurant, that has a sign, "Work Today ~ Get Paid Tomorrow."

Donatos, a pizza place, and Long John Silvers, a seafood place both have closed their doors completely on various days citing they dont have enough workers reporting for work.

Another restaurant, The Rusty Keg, has this sign posted:

We May Be Short Staffed.

Please be patient with the staff that did show up.

No one wants to work anymore.

I must say I'm a bit perplexed. I understand that Covid-19 is on the rise, but we are under no mask mandates or quarantines.

So why does no one want to work?

One theory is the extra cash the government has been dispersing for people on unemployment. It seems one can make more money sitting at home doing absolutely nothing.

But back in my day, we were taught to get a job and pay our own way.

They were hard to find, but we were willing to do whatever we could to make a living.

I contantly hear and see a lot posts from people complaining they can't find a job.

I say open your eyes and look because there are jobs literally available everywhere. Everyday I see a sign that says, Hiring Now!

So quite honestly, I just don't get it.

I think everyone has gone mad. They think they deserve a hand out, instead of helping themselves.

Is this younger generation just plain lazy?

I have no clue. Do you?

I usually don't rant about these things, but this one has me stumped.

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Poetry Paints A Picture

Poetry paints a picture with usually a hidden message weaved between the words.

It's not random words jotted down onto a page.

So try telling a story as you write your poem.

Connect with your own emotions and feelings.

Then figure out the best way to paint us a picture using your words. Describing each detail so the thoughts of the reader will understand.

To help identify where your poem needs work, read your words out loud.

Make yourself a part of your poem. Look at it like it is happening to you right this moment.

What is your reaction?

Are you happy or sad? Do you feel pleasure and excitement?

Or are you angry as hell and want to destroy the world?

Be sure to use descriptive words to show your perception in order to get your point across to others who read your work.

Word Prompt = Secrets

This week I've chosen the word "Secrets."

A secret is something that is kept hidden from others. Sometimes it's a good thing while other times it's bad.

For example, we've all kept a surprise birthday party concealed and watched the person become thrilled with excitement.

But something hidden can ruin a relationship between a husband and wife, or a boyfriend and girlfriend.

Or you might have that one friend who just can't keep his mouth shut, no matter what.

A true friend will stand beside you keeping your secrecy without question.

Secrets are like cancer. They hurt everyone.

It's hard to trust someone when things are secluded.

Revealing secrets can reduce one's stress.

Oftentimes, people hide personal matters like child abuse, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, or physical abuse.

Then there are Secret Societies which are private clubs or organizations.

What about secrets our government keeps from us in the name of security?

Would it hurt to tell us the truth about UFO'S ? (Unidentified Flying Objects)

This word prompt is a bit different and I'm not sure what our muse can do with it, but let's give it a try.

Pick up your pens and jot down a few lines.

Secrets have a cost.

They're not for free.

Not now, not ever.

— May Parker

"Tyler Braden ~ Secret (Official Music Video)

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Highlights This Week

I want to start off this week by saying a word to the Hubbie Award Winners.

"Congratulations!

Most Helpful Hubber Bev G (theraggededge)

Most Likey To Go Viral Kyler J Falk

Best Poet: John Hansen (jodah)

Funniest Hubber: Keith Abt (FatFreddysCat)

Best Photographer: Peggy Woods (Peggy w)

Most Interesting Article https://owlcation.com/stem/Caffeine-Activity-and-Effects-in-Humans-and-Bumble-Bees

~ Linda Crampton

Most Beautiful Article

https://holidappy.com/quotes/Quotes-That-Highlight-the-Value-of-Older-People

~ Ms Dora Weithers

Most Informative Article

https://owlcation.com/humanities/A-History-of-Snake-Oil

~ Rupert Taylor

Most Awesome Article

https://delishably.com/pizza/A-Pizza-for-Every-State-50-Pizza-Ideas

~ Linda Lum

Funniest Article

https://toughnickel.com/industries/How-to-Deliver-Mail-in-the-Dark-City-Carrier-Assistant-CCA-Tips-and-Tricks

~ Mel Carriere

Best All Around Article

https://discover.hubpages.com/art/Why-Artists-Need-to-Set-Boundaries

~ Denise McGill

Best All Around Hubber : Pamela Oglesby

Hubpages Lifetime Achievement Award: Dora Weithers

I want to encourage you all to give them a warm moment of praise by visiting their profile pages and taking a few minutes to read their work.

Now I have just a few words about our word prompt.

I am proud of each & everyone of you for making this another wonderful week.

We have quite a variety, which I hope you have all read. If not, take a moment to find the list at the bottom of this article.

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Word-Prompts-Help-Creativity-Week-30

It was very hard to select the ones to highlight, but I enjoy reading them all.

I felt Vidya's was worth mentioning and I hope you all read her work.

Vidya D. Sagar tells us how she was a shy girl who loved to glance up at the sky to watch the clouds.

She tells us how clouds are therapeutic and can be best friends.

They are a photographer's dream and their ever changing shapes fascinate our imagination.

Clouds give us hope when we are sad.

They actually help develop our imagination & strengthen our foucus.

Her "Poem-How Wonderful to be a Cloud" tells us how a cloud can make someone's day a little brighter and what it would be like to be one.

To escape a crowd and basically feel free.

Showing us how wonderful it would be to view everything from up in the sky.

To read Vidya D. Sagar's work, follow the link below.

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No One Is A Failure ~ John Hansen

John Hansen writes us a fabulous poem about a little cloud that cries.

He wrote this piece when the word prompt sparked a memory of a lullaby he remembers from his childhood.

He uses both the word prompt and the song for his inspiration.

His poem, based on the song, "The Little White Cloud That Cried" definitely has a strong message.

It tells about one laying on a hillside, when tears from a little cloud hits him in the face.

This little cloud tries so hard to be something he's not. He wants to be like the other clouds, but nothing he does is right.

He can't make the thunder roar or the lightning strike.

The little cloud feels lonely when the other clouds think they are better than him.

But the one who felt this tiny cloud's tears, points out that he did his best.

He has his own special purpose & he should be proud of himself for trying & giving it his best.

The little cloud stops crying.

John's valuable lesson:

No matter what, be yourself & always do your best.

If you try, you are not a failure.

John then shares a bit of information with us about this song and Johhny Ray.

He has a link to another poem,

"Grey Skies or Blue" which shows us a different side of how a rainy day can make us feel.

Giving us relief from the heat & relaxing us.

It's up to us to decide our own mood, even on a cloudy day.

Another link to one of his poems,

"Of the Thunder of Hooves, a Poem" shows how quickly things can change in the blink of an eye.

Is is God showing us his disappointment as the thunder rolls?

A very powerful piece written here.

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

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Morning Noises ~ Ravi Rajan

Ravi Rajan writes us a poem, "A Cloudy Morning" that paints us a rather pleasant picture of a gentle rainy falling upon the ground.

When the sound of a happy little bird breaks the calmness with it's song.

He gets out of bed, shooing it away, and closes the window.

Shutting out the cold bitter winds, and the noise as he jumps back into bed.

Drifting back to sleep for he is not a morning person.

This poem is very descriptive and a perfect example of how to use words to paint each scene. Not to mention, a little comical at the end.

We definitely get the point that he's not a morning person.

To read Ravi Rajan's work, please follow the link below.

"Writing Motivation: Who Will Be Next? By Coffee Break Fiction"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses to Word Prompt

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

Read everyone's work

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

Take time to read Rozlin Mohsin's writing on Secrets.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Mothers-Cooking-Secr...

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

Take a few moments to read these ones on Secrets.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Secret-Whispers-in-t...

~ by Nithya Venkat

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Confessio...

~ by Rodric Anthony Johnson

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

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

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Secrets-to-a-Li...

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

Take a moment to read Pamela Olgesby's second part on Secrets.

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

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

Janis

That's fine.

Whatever you want to do.

If you'd like to send in one you've done before then that's fine too.

You can comment on it under the author's view & repost it on the newsfeed.

Just let me know if you do, so I can add it.

But I agree...the fun part is creating one from scratch.

Take care & see you next time.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on September 24, 2021:

Great word prompt choice, Brenda. I've written about secrets a couple of times, posted on LetterPile. I may have to pass on this one. Allowing our muses to create something new is the fun part of your word prompt challenge. See you next time.

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

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

John

I just finished reading your work & posted a rather lengthy comment.

You definitely know how to keep a secret.

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

Take a few moments to read John Hansen's writing on Secrets.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Secrets-Flash-Fictio...

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 24, 2021:

Brenda, here is a link to my response to "Secrets."

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Secrets-Flash-Fictio...

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

Take a moment to read my response to Secrets.

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

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

Alyssa

Oohh...I can't wait.

No doubt it's gonna be great.

Alyssa from Ohio on September 23, 2021:

ooo yes! I love this prompt! I have an idea for Clouds, and it's super cute.. now I just have to write it. haha!

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

Take time to read these responses to Secrets.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Most-Unexpected-...

~ Teodora Gheorghe

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Let-Us-Bury-Our-Secr...

~ Umesh Chandra Bhatt

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

Take a few moments to read these responses to the word prompt, "Secrets"

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Mothers-Woes-and-Sub...

~ Rinita Sen

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Secret-Flame

~ Li-Jen Hew

This is Li-Jen's first time writing a word prompt with us.

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

Li-Jen

You are welcome.

Li-Jen Hew on September 23, 2021:

Thanks for visiting Brenda!

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

Li-Jen

Thanks.

I have just finished reading your work.

Great job.

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

Teodora

Sounds great!

I'm glad you have been inspired.

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

Rinita

Thank you so much.

I'm just glad everyone enjoys them.

Li-Jen Hew on September 23, 2021:

I have used your "Secrets" prompt Brenda! Thought you should know your ongoing efforts were not wasted and I have participated for the first time. You have been helpful.

Teodora Gheorghe on September 23, 2021:

I love this prompt! It inspired me today. :)

Rinita Sen on September 23, 2021:

Thanks for putting so much time and effort into creating these weekly prompts!

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

Ravi

You are welcome.

I like that...full of secrets.

Have a great day.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on September 22, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda for highlighting my work. The new prompt "secrets" is full of secrets. Thanks for sharing.

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

Nithya

Thank you.

I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of variety we get.

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

Vidya

Thank you.

I wanted everyone to see the winners of the Hubbie Awards.

Secret should be an interesting one.

I hope.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 22, 2021:

Secret is a wonderful prompt, looking forward to reading the responses for the prompt.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 22, 2021:

Thank you Brenda for mentioning my poem and sharing the link. Secret is a wonderful prompt. I am eager to see the responses of our Hubber friends. I congratulate all the winners of Hubbie awards. Have a blessed day and great week ahead.

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

Rosina

Thank you for your kindness.

It does keep me a bit busy, but it's wonderful reading everyone's work.

Enjoy your day.

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

Umesh

Thank you.

It should be a fun one.

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

Bill

You got that right. It's a strange new world.

We have your rain here today.

It's a soggy one.

Hope You, Bev, Tobi & Maggie are doing well.

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

Li-Jen

Welcome! We are glad to have you.

I hope you will join us.

Have a great day.

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

Misbah

That's a cute one!

Awe...come on, you can tell me.

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan on September 22, 2021:

I read all the work you highlighted based on the word prompt, "Clouds". It sure is a commendable act on your part, analyzing all the poems that best appeal to you. We all enjoy it. This week's word prompt, "Secrets" is fascinating. I am looking forward as usual to what fellow writers will come up with in response to the word prompt. Thank you for sharing, Brenda.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 22, 2021:

Interesting prompt. Let us try to use it.

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

Regarding why there are so many jobs available, and no one applying for them, I have no clue. I find it amazing. It's a strange new world we live in.

Secrets is a fascinating prompt. I look forward to the responses.

Have an amazing day!

Li-Jen Hew on September 22, 2021:

Looks like I've missing out on these weekly prompts as I just visited HubPages. What a great initiative! It's so sweet of you to provide a summary of each writer's work. Thank you very much for the update Brenda. It's so cool to have weekly word prompts. And Congratulations to all winners of the Hubbie awards.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 22, 2021:

Bredz, I enjoyed reading the highlights. Thank you for sharing a new word prompt. Secrets is a nice prompt. Oh! I have too many of them. Not going to reveal any. Lol!

Blessings and Love!!

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

Chitrangada

Thank you for your kind words.

The link I provide will take you to the articles so you can read them, but everyone's work is always good enough to be moved up so comments must be placed on the feed.

I suppose if there's one you want to comment on, you could message the person directly. Request they post on the newsfeed so you can comment or just simply let them know you read their work.

Glad you like this new word prompt.

Take care.

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

Pamela

Congratulations on The Best All Around Hubber!!

My mind was a bit scatterbrained this week touching on so many different things.

I'm hoping this new word prompt will bring a variety too.

Have a great day.

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

Hello Brenda!

An engaging and thought provoking article, which I liked reading.

Thank you for providing another wonderful word prompt, Secrets. It will be interesting to read the responses by the talented writers.

I enjoyed reading the responses of earlier prompt too, through the link provided by you, but couldn’t comment on some of them, as they didn’t appear on my feed.

Appreciate your sincere efforts for this wonderful series. Congratulations once again to all the winners of the Hubbie awards.

Thank you for sharing!

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

Rozlin

Thank you.

It might be an interesting selection this week.

Have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 22, 2021:

You touched on so many things in this article. I do not understand the employment situation. Like many others I started working at 16 years of age and worked until I was too sick to work.

As for the word prompt 'clouds', I loved the variety of articles that appeared. I think the new word prompt will elicit another group of interesting responses.

Take care, Brenda!

Rozlin from UAE on September 22, 2021:

Thank you for another interesting prompt, Brenda. Can't wait to read hubber's contribution to prompt, secret. Take care, dear Brenda.

Blessings and Much Love!

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

Liz

Thank you so much for your kindness.

I hope it turns out to be a good word prompt.

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

John

Thank you.

We'll see how this prompt goes. It should have lots of different angles to work with.

I loved the idea of a cloud that cries. Great work.

Congratulations on your Hubby Award!

I hope everyone reads them all.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 21, 2021:

You are doing a great job with these word prompts. 31 is an achievement. Secrets is bound to produce some interesting work.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 21, 2021:

"Secrets" is a great word prompt, Brenda. It should offer a lot of variety in responses. Thank you for the shout out to the hubby winners, and I appreciate you highlighting my poem on 'clouds.'

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