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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 35 (Sonder)

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 35 (Sounder)" 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.

"Advice For Aspiring Writers ~ Ian McEwan" by Signature Views

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Life, Death, and In Between

It's been a very emotional week.

I've been dealing with the death of my uncle on Saturday, October 9th and his funeral on Friday, October 15th.

He had been battling cancer for a few years, so we knew it would come eventually. Yet, somehow we still were not totally prepared.

He lived by himself up until the last couple of weeks when his daughter needed to stay with him.

He faced his illness with strength and determination that only a few of us could do.

He was set in his ways and continued doing everything himself. He was even driving up until the last two months.

But even after his funeral, it's hard to picture him no longer walking this earth.

In between all of this, we got some more devastating news that I'm not ready to devulge.

Let's just say that life can toss a curve ball at any moment and you have no choice but to face its reality.

It makes me think about Matthew 25:13 ~

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Treasure each moment of your life and take time to do what you enjoy.

Just don't go to extremes like in John Hansen's poem, "My Life Is One Big Habit" which he wrote for his response to the word prompt, "Habits."

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Inspiration

The manner in which a poet creates a poem is quite mysterious.

Sometimes it seems like our words come from another dimension in time.

We actually feel energy come to life as we jot down each word on the page. The words become part of our being.

It's like we are watching a scene from a movie replaying in our mind.

We can feel our emotions pour out onto the page. Everything effects us deeply.

Somehow our eyes can see what is happening in the world around us with a vision of clarity that is oftentimes different from others.

It's like we are an artist painting a canvas, but we do it completely with words.

Some poets jot down notes in a notebook, while others simply begin writing their creation letting the words flow naturally.

It doesn't matter what method a poet uses to write poetry. Some of us write better under pressure like when there is a deadline to meet.

Others are more creative when they take their time.

As with any writer, we have a method that works for ourselves. We might write best when everyone else is asleep or right before going to bed.

Or enjoy writing first thing in the morning before the daily rush begins. Taking time to relax with the morning sunrise.

Our own Hubber, Alyssa Nichol, often gets inspired when she does housework.

So use whatever method works best for you and write us a masterpiece.

We love to read.

Word Prompt = Sonder

I've been preoccupied this week, so I decided to use a word prompt suggested by one of our fellow Hubbers, Kyler Falk.

He emailed me on October 7th requesting I use the word, "Sonder" for a word prompt.

It's been very challenging to find examples for this one because it isn't in traditional dictionaries, but Kyler sent me the definition he wants us to follow.

Sonder

"n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk."

Kyler says this word will provide us a challenge, as well as a chance for some deep poetry.

To give everyone an example, he has written his response to the word prompt which you can read using the link below.

"You're A Part Of My World"

I did find two videos on "Sonder." The second one is a bit long, but I think it gives us a good example.

From what I gather, this word means to think about what it would be like to be in someone else's shoes. To stop and think for a moment about a person who is only in the background of your life.

Maybe your attending a baseball game or a concert and someone asks you for a cigarette or some spare change.

Or you are going shopping and you see a homeless veteran holding a sign, begging for a hand-out.

Maybe you see the same person everyday when you take a walk.

Whatever scenario you come up with, imagine what this person's life might be like or realize his life is just as complex as yours.

I'm not sure how the word, "Sonder" will go, but let's pick up our pens and jot down a few words.

"Sonder: The Realization That Everyone Has A Story ~ by Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows"

Life is NOTHING but simple complexity.

— Unknown

"Sonder: Discovering Vivid Stories Around Us ~ Rilee Louangphakdy ~ TedxSnolsleLibraries" Tedx Talks

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Highlights This Week

Some of us had pressing obligations this week while others simply had their muse refuse to cooperate with the word prompt "Habits.

Speaking for myself, it took awhile to jump start my thoughts for this one.

I also had alot preoccupying my time and I wasn't really prepared to function this week.

We did receive a few writes and they were all exceptional.

One of these writes is written by A B Williams.

Her response, "Breaking Bad Habits" shows us how bad habits can effect the whole world as One Nation.

We need to wake up & stop thinking about only ourselves.

We need to kick our bad habits and come together as one.

She includes a video that says, "Come on people now, smile on your brother."

If you haven't read this one yet, please do. Either follow the link below or tap the title of her piece in the article.

John Hansen ~ Habits Become Addictions

John Hansen tells us habits can become addictions and if we're not careful. They can ruin our lives.

His poem, "Controlling That Gambling Habit" tells a compelling story that definitely can happen.

It shows us how one can start gambling just for fun & before long it can become an addiction.

He shows us someone who lies, sneaks money from his wife's purse, and will do basically anything to place a bet.

Then his addiction turns to different avenues. Ones he can easily do from home online.

He loses everything he worked so hard for in his life.

His poem, "My Life Is One Big Habit" shows us easily one can get caught up in living a life he regrets.

He tells himself he's living life to its fullest, but before long he's slipping down that downward path.

Every addiction he can touch is at his fingertips.

He won't get close to others because he knows he will only break their trust.

In his poem,"HABITS ~ an Acrostic Poem" he shows us the plea of one who wants to break his habits, but is having trouble doing so.

He's hoping tomorrow the chains will break and he will be set free.

In his poem, "We All Have Habits" he shows us that we all have annoying little habits that oftentimes we are totally unaware of at the time.

Like biting nails, twisting our hair or that waving hands when we talk.

We can't go without our smartphones and sometimes we complain all day.

These are all excellent. If you haven't had the pleasure to read his work, please follow the link below.

Brenda Arledge ~ Habits Are Like A Witch's Spell & Virtue

Brenda Arledge (that's me) provides us with a few different outlooks on the word "Habits."

My acrostic poem "Habits" shows us how habits become a strong desire we can't shake.

"Witch's Spell ~ Strong Desire" tells us how a habit feels like we are under a spell for we have no control.

"Virtue" tells us how someone can have a lot of wonderful habits with good and moral values, but can still get angry and release a bad one.

To read my work on this prompt, please follow the link below.

"How To Write Poetry For Beginners ~ 5 Easy Tips To Start Writing Poetry" by Adam Gary Poetry

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses to Word Prompt

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post links here to your articles on Sonder

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

Take a moment to read Farah N Huq's writing on Sonder.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Taking-A-Plunge-Into...

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

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

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

Take a few moments to read Pamela Olgesby's work on Sonder.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/A-Perspective-On-Son...

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

Take a moment to read my work on Sonder.

Let me know what you think.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Response-to-Word-Pro...

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

Marlene

Thank you.

I do like that saying...It's like I can hear it being said out loud.

Take care & have a nice week.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 20, 2021:

I like the word chosen for this week's inspiration. I have a friend who is fond of saying, "It's your world and I'm just living in it!" He usually says this whenever someone suggests doing something he reluctantly agrees to do. He says it with a humorous tone.

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

Take a moment to read Misbah's work on Sonder.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/You-are-not-alone-A-...

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

Hey Misbah

I just finished reading it.

Wonderful job on this prompt.

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

Hi Bredz, Here's the link to my response

https://letterpile.com/poetry/You-are-not-alone-A-...

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

Take a moment to read Umesh Chandra Bhatt's writing on Sonder.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/A-Feeling-of-Sonder-...

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

Farah

Thank you.

That curve ball can hit us at any time.

It is a tricky slope between the present & the future.

We are all taught to plan for our future...but if we place too much time there, we lose sight of today.

Your poem, "Comprehending Time” is quite good.

This word Sonder is a different one for me...

Take care and enjoy your week.

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

Bill

Thank you.

I felt like an old fossil when Kyler presented this word.

I guess I'm not young anymore.

It may be difficult to teach an old dog new tricks...but I'm willing to give this one a try.

I'm looking forward to seeing what this word conjures up.

Enjoy your week.

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

Chitrangada

Thank you.

I appreciate your heartfelt words.

I have to push myself a bit, otherwise I might crumble...but reading and writing gives me a welcome outlook.

I'm glad you like this prompt.

Take care & enjoy your week.

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

John

Thank you so much!

It probably would have been easier to just forget all my obligations and just sit in the dark...but that wouldn't help or change anything.

No matter what happens in life, we must keep going and strive to do our best.

Thank God I have all of my Hubber Friends to keep me on the right track.

I'm glad you like the word prompt.

Have a great week.

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

Misbah

Thank you so much for your prayer.

I'm glad that you and everyone else so far like the word prompt.

I was a bit worried about it.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Play nice while away from the house...in other words...Be Careful.

Bredz

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

Pamela

Thank you.

We all face what we have to at the moment.

No one's struggles are any less devastating than someone else's.

I hope this week is easier for you.

I'm glad you enjoy Kyler's poem.

Take care.

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

Rosina

Thank you.

I'm certainly glad you enjoyed Kyler's poem and the word prompt.

Take care.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 20, 2021:

“Sonder”... Sounds like a tough one but it's a beautiful word.

Sorry to hear about your uncle’s demise.

“Let's just say that life can toss a curve ball at any moment and you have no choice but to face its reality"-

Can’t agree more...And yet we forget to live in the present and end up focussing too much on our future. That is the message I wanted to portray as well in one of my poems “Comprehending Time”. Life is unpredictable and we often forget that we are mortals and our time here is limited.

May The Almighty ease your troubles and bless you with peace and prosperity.

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

I'm very sorry for your loss. This week's word is fascinating, and I look forward to the responses. I admit, this word is new to me, so it should be quite a learning experience for me.

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

Hello Brenda!

Thank you for sharing another great article, and another interesting word prompt.

I am so sorry to know that you are having a rough time. Losing a close one is always sad. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Stay strong and I wish you all the best.

Thank you for sharing this, even in your tough times.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 20, 2021:

Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of your dear uncle’s passing, and I wish you strength with your other devastating news. Thank you for once again sharing my article about habits as well as the others. It must have been difficult for you to even find time to write this, and I am sure everyone really appreciates that you did in the circumstances. I read Kyler’s excellent poem and “sonder” is a very interesting word. Let us see what responses that brings.

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

Bredz, I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle's death. May his soul rest in peace. May God grant you the patience to bear this great loss. Amen!

Sonder looks like a nice prompt. I read Kyler's poem it was beautiful.

Thank you so much for sharing. Sending you warm hugs and love

Blessings!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2021:

I never got an idea of what to write on the prompt, 'habits'. I don't know about wonder, but time will tell. Your poems and John Hanson's poems on habits were quite good. I don't remember who else's I have read.

I did read Kyler's poem and it was very good. Thanks for another interesting article as we move forward to the 35th prompt., Brenda.

I am sorry to hear about your uncle. I don't know if we are ever truly ready to lose a loved one. I also hate knowing you got other devastating news. I thought I had a tough week, but compared to your I guess mine was not so tough.

Rosina S Khan on October 20, 2021:

Sonder seems like a great, luminous prompt. I wonder what varied wonderful responses from fellow writers will flow. Definitely look forward to reading them, Brenda. By the way, Kyler's poem was beautiful and I enjoyed it.

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

Take a moment to read Kyler J Falk's response to "Sonder"

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Youre-a-Part-of-My-W...

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