I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.
"Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 46 (Forgiveness)" is an article I write to help inspire our creativity.
I choose a single word prompt encouraging others to write a poem, a short story, a song, or any combination.
"Advice for Aspiring Writers ~ Ian McEwan by Signature Views"
Like A Thief In The Night
While scrolling through Facebook this week, I learned a friend of mine had passed on.
I felt terrible as I searched through the local obituaries.
I discovered his funeral had already taken place and it was too late to say goodbye.
Our last encounter was a brief conversation out front on the sidewalk, for he only lived a few doors down.
I hope he forgives me for being so wrapped up in my own life that I didn't realize he was ill.
He died from Covid-19.
As I continued to glance through the obituaries, I noticed many people dying at a young age.
We just never know when our last moment might be. It seems to comes like a thief in the night.
I urge you all to take the time to talk to one another.
To listen, even if you don't have time.
Stop rushing long enough to look around. Reach out to those you love.
This is a tough time we are living though and we are losing many people to this deadly virus.
I am happy my path has crossed yours. Take care of yourself and know I appreciate getting to know each and everyone of you.
You have all made a difference in my life.
Sometimes it helps to shake things up a bit. Change your normal routine.
We are creatures of habit, but we are poets and writers twenty four hours a day.
So if your muse isn't striking its normal chord, do something a little different.
Sit back and watch a television program you enjoy.
Take a brisk walk. Listen to the sounds of nature.
If you normally write in the morning, change it to the afternoon or evening.
Maybe listen to some music in the background.
Take some time to think about what inspired you to become a writer.
If it was an awesome book, revisit it with a fresh set of eyes.
Or think back to your childhood when you first started putting words together.
Can you remember that AHA moment when you knew words were a big part of your life?
Word Prompt = Forgiveness
This week I've chosen the word "Forgiveness" as our prompt.
Forgiveness is a decision we make to let go of any feelings of resentment we hold deep inside against another person who has disappointed or hurt us in some way.
They may not even deserve our forgiveness, but we do it regardless.
This doesn't mean we forget what happened, nor do we excuse it and sometimes we forgive but no longer have anything to do with the person.
We do this to set ourselves free, so we can move forward with our own life.
I think Jesus said it best when he said,
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" ~ Luke 23:34.
Maybe a family member or close friend told lies straight to your face.
Or the love of your life betrayed you in some manner.
Maybe someone stole money, prescriptions, or something of great value that belonged to you.
Or a friend cheated on a test by looking over your shoulder.
Maybe you or a family member are a victim of a crime.
Or you need to forgive yourself for snapping at a co-worker or your significant other.
Maybe you had a disagreement with someone that escalated to an argument.
It could even be someone who helped with the household chores. Maybe they shrunk your favorite outfit or accidentally broke a valuable vase.
The list could go on forever, so you decide. Let's pick up our pens and jot down a few lines.
Forgive people in your life, even those who are not sorry for their actions.
Holding onto anger hurts you,
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Highlights This Week
It's interesting to read what everyone's muse decides to write on these word prompts and this week was no exception.
Each and everyone of the pieces on "Snowflake" are fantastic.
We've learned there are different types of snowflakes and approximately how many of them fall each year.
We've learned that a Chief Snowflake Inspector doesn't need to worry about job security because it's always snowing somewhere. Not to mention, all the fun it would be to travel around the world and see snowflakes up close.
We also learned the slang meaning for Snowflake.
We've learned that snowflakes are like Angels and messages sent from heaven and they tend to be alot like people. Each one is unique and important to this universe.
They glisten with a sense of magic as they create a beautiful Winter wonderland enhancing us with a sense of wonder.
Having a dream about snowflakes symbolizes goodluck and new beginnings.
You can find all these stories at the bottom of "Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 45 (Snowflake)."
There is a link below.
- Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 45 (Snowflake)
Chief Snowflake Inspector ~ John Hansen
John Hansen's statistics on snowflakes makes me wonder if his application for The Chief Snowflake Inspector has been approved. You can read more about this by following the link to his poem.
You will find his poem, "The Chief Snowflake Inspector" quite amusing.
It will definitely put a smile on your face.
In this piece of work, John wonders who checks all the snowflakes to make certain they are all unique.
It must a Chief Snowflake Inspector and John wants to apply for the job.
He tells us about the qualifications like having a Bachelor Degree in Snow and be willing to travel.
John wants to see his first White Christmas and throw a snowball. Maybe build a snowman or wear a pair of ice skates.
He hopes they hire him as a trainee, for surely the current inspector needs a few days off.
His other poem "Snowflake ~ an Acrostic Poem" does an awesome job of
showcasing the slang meaning of Snowflake.
A acrostic poem spells the word, which in this case is snowflake.
His words depicts a shallow person who takes offense easily, thinking everything is directed towards him.
To read this awesome piece writing, please follow the link below.
- The Chief Snowflake Inspector
Snowflake Memories ~ Pamela Oglesby
She tells us the simplest type of snowflake is a tiny hexagonal plate called diamond dust.
Pamela has memories of snowfall when she lived in Ohio.
She remembers how beautiful it is when snowflakes fall for the first time each season.
She tells us about the joyful times of making ice cream from the snow, making a snowman, having a snowball fight, putting on warm clothes to go outside, and taking a sled ride.
Her acrostic poem reminds us that each snowflake is unique as it falls to the ground making a magical wonderland.
She says it's so much fun to play outside in the snow, as long as you bundle up.
Her poem, "Snowflakes" reminds us of the joy of Winter.
We know it will snow more than once, so winter clothes is a must.
She tells us how we get all bundled up with boots and gloves to go outside and then the children need to go to the bathroom.
It's quite a chore to undress them, but we just smile.
She remembers that tediuos chore of shoveling the sidewalk, only to have a gust of wind blow snow back over it.
If you haven't read Pamela Olgesby's work on this one, please follow the link below.
- My Memories of Snowflakes
Snowflake Dream ~ Vidya D Sagar
She tells us a Zen proverb:
“A snowflake never falls in the wrong place”
signifying that nothing happens by chance.
Snowflakes enhance a sense of wonder in anyone that watches them fall.
Her pictures show the beautiful blanket over the land and the joy one experiences.
Although it never snows where she lives, she did experience snowfall in Shimla during a visit.
She tells us about having a dream of a beautiful snowflake.
Her friend tells her it symbolizes new beginnings & indicates good luck, growth, goal accomplishment and prosperity.
She says "Snowflakes seem like a message from heaven teaching us to relax and be cool, live in the moment and enjoy it the most before it goes away."
Her "Poem- Snowflake-Nature’s Unique Creation" shows us a dream that truly touches one's soul.
A moment full of inspiration that awakens us with a message.
Teaching us to embrace what we have in life & celebrate each moment.
Enjoy the fact that we are all unique & different.
As writers we are aware of this difference as we each tell stories in our own way trying to leave a mark in the literary community.
We can see the importance of life for each second is timed.
She tells us, "Zen philosophers often say no
snowflake ever fell in the wrong place.
This is a wonderful piece reminding us how delicate & fragile life can be. It's just like a snowflake that melts before one's eyes.
We need to embrace the joy of each moment.
If you haven't read Vidya D. Sagar's work, please follow the link below.
- Poem- Snowflake-Nature’s Unique Creation- Response to Brenda Arledge’s Word Prompt Week 45
Vidya D Sagar
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Previous Word Prompts
- Word Prompts Helps Creativity ~ Week 44 (Patience)
- Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 45 (Snowflake)
Responses to Word Prompt
- Words of Forgiveness
- My Poem about Forgiveness
Diana L Pierce
- Forgiveness to Oneself (Weekly Word Prompt Response)
- Poem-Seeking Forgiveness From Myself, My Children, and Mother Nature-Response to Brenda Arledge’s Wo
Vidya D Sagar
- And She Forgave Him
- The Positive Effects of Forgiveness
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