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 53 (First) 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.
"Famous Writers Talk Ideas! ~ Stephen King; John Irving; & Alan Hollingshurst"
Tis The Human Touch
It’s the connection we have with others that counts the most in life.
It doesn’t matter if the relationship exists between two people or with a family pet.
What is important is the feeling which comforts your soul.
Each and everyone of you have given me that comfort. I honestly don’t think I would be here, if not for the goodness from your hearts.
This road is difficult to walk, but your kindness lifts me up. It gives me the power I need to keep going.
Spencer Michael Free ( Birth - Death : 1856-1938) said it best in his poem, “The Human Touch.”
“The Human Touch" by Michael Free
’Tis the human touch
in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand and mine,
Which means far more
to the fainting heart
Than shelter and bread and wine.
For shelter is gone
when the night is o’er,
And bread lasts only a day.
But the touch of the hand
And the sound of the voice
Sing on in the soul always.
Pay Attention to Each Detail
I am never at a loss for inspiration.
Every thing seems to inspire my creative juices to flow.
I’m just running into road blocks with time right now. I can’t wait until these days become smoother.
In the meantime, I hope I remember all those moments of inspiration…if not, I’m sure more will follow.
My advice is to pay attention to those little things that happen throughout your day.
Whether you are outside listening to the songbirds or watching the evening sunset.
Maybe you are in the supermarket waiting to checkout & observe a child convincing mom or dad to kbuy him a treat or witness the persistent outcry of a child misbehaving.
Perhaps you are taking a stroll through your neighborhood & see someone doing yardwork or cooking on the grill.
Focus your attention and feel the energy of the situation, then jot down a few words.
You’ll be amazed at the outcome.
Word Prompt = First
This week the word prompt I've decided to use is "First."
"First" is described as something that happens before anything else. It's original and seems to be the most important.
When I think of the word first, many things come to mind.
Like a child's first footsteps, or one's first kiss.
Maybe you believe in love at first sight or you've finally found your one true love for the first time.
Perhaps you realize it's time to put yourself first.
Or you decide to put God first and let him guide your footsteps.
Afterall, there's a first time for everything. We all learn by making that first mistake.
So, tell me about the word first. Show me what this word means to you.
Let's pick up our pens and jot down a few lines.
The first time you fall in love, it changes you forever and no matter how hard you try, that feeling just never goes away.
— Nicholas Sparks
"Dean Martin ~ My First Country Song"
- "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face ~ Roberta Flack"
A major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, winning the Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year. Billboard No. 1 song of the year for 1972."Th...
"The Script ~ For The First Time"
Highlights This Week
Each piece written for this word prompt was excellent. I congratulate each and every one of you.
Choosing which ones to highlight was very difficult. It is in no way a reflection of anyone's writing for I'm constantly amazed at the directions each one of takes.
On Mother's Day it is particularly difficult whennhe recalls memories & wishes he could make a phone call to heaven
It clearly shows how others rejoice with each stumblimg block tossed in her path, as they eagerly wait for her to fail.
They are easily entertained, but who knows the outcome. The heroine has a dark secret she is hiding and this hasn't been revealed yet.
To read these, follow the links below.
- Adapt: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt 52 Response
- Adapting to Motherless Mother's Days
Geg Cain (boxelderred)
"Be Like Water" ~ John Hansen
It reminds us to be ourselves & not follow along with other.
Our life can take many forms but it's up to us to decide how to guide our step.
So, choose wisely.
He compares life to a ship that tosses on the sea and wrecks if we don't adjust the sails.
We cannot change what happens in life, but we can face the storm instead of hiding from it.
We must adapt to each situation. We can learn to find a way around it.
Water is part of us from birth til the end. We need to learn to use it in life.
When it rains & life gives you a detour, don't fret. Dance in the rain. Be happy.
You can turn it around.
His acrostic poem, "ADAPT" shows us that we shouldn't imitate others to adapt to situations.
Each problem is unique & requires a well thought out plan.
Use your intelligence to create a plan and adapt.
Time constantly changes your situation.
When it does...just yell,
"Plot Twist" and move on.
These are great little poems.
It's better to dance in the rain, than to get caught in the storm.
If you haven't read this article yet, please follow the link below.
Gianella Labrador ~ "Adapting to Major Changes in My Life"
It's not easy to face the fact that you have a disease. Let alone deal with the details.
She thinks it's better to prepared than to feel helpless later.
When things in life go bad, find a reason to keep going. A way to feel like you are human.
Appreciate those little things and be thankful.
Enjoy seeing others living their life and find reasons to be happy.
Take time to get to know people & truly understand them.
Remember that in life each chapter will come to an end, but a new one will begin.
She tells us to leave our past behind & bring with us lessons from yesterday.
Use them as stepping stones to guide your way.
When faced with tough situations in life, be creative and make the best of them.
Hold onto faith. It might be a bumpy ride, but accept the simple things & be happy.
Don't try to complicate things by overthinking.
A smile brings sunshine to others.
Learn to adapt to changes & help one another along the way.
Life's victory is that we can get through life together.
This is such a touching piece. It tells us of one's struggle, but also how he sees the light at the end of the tunnel before ever reaching it.
If you haven't read Gianella Labrador's work yet, please follow the link below.
- Week 52 Word Prompt "Adapt" Response: Adapting to Major Changes in My Life Plus Life Update.
"Andrew Stanton ~ The Clues to a Great Story"
Previous Word Prompts
- Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 51 (Chance)
- Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 52
Responses to Word Prompt
- First of All, I'd Just Like to Say ...
- First is Foremost and Memorable
- Some Firsts Maybe Aren't That Scary At All
- The First Day of the Season
- Childhood Memories of Firsts
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