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Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:21 pm by queengoogoo

In the evening when the day is done
And no more is the light from the sun,
I look upon the stars Heaven high
And find gratefulness deep inside.
But then there are nights a storm rolls in,
And the twinkles disappear above the lightning.
The thunder accompanying the flash,
Lets me embrace the rain's splash.
These strikes pealing within the darkness
Makes me feel I have been blessed.
For there is …

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First Prompt "Competition" Ever

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First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by writingdianet on Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:28 pm

First topic message reminder :

Greetings West Virginia Writers:





I used to eschew writing prompts. Recently though, I am enamoured with them. They have been like coffee to my writing life. I would love for you to experience the creative buzz also. Therefore, I am initiating a first here at the WVW forum--a Wednesday to Wednesday prompt-driven writing competition.

For this initial endeavor, the word I would like you to utilize is . . . drumroll please . . . MOUNTAIN. Your entry must be more than 27 words and equal to or less than 270 words. Feel free to write in the genre of your choice.

Competition will close next Tuesday night at midnight as the calendar turns over to March 7, 2012. At that point my secretly selected judging panel and I will determine which entry we are most enthusiastic about. Winner will receive a) bragging rights and b) 27cents next time I see you.

Fondly,

WritingDianeT

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by laura boggess on Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:12 pm

Yay, I'm playing along! Here's a reflection on a class on Appalachian culture I took a while back:

I search through the pages of a book to find my name. I find
my grandfather’s story there; feel his hands shape me with a coal pick. Between
those pages I hear the song of the earth. And I wonder about this place called
Appalachia—this place that beats strong in the heart of me.




I read about the history, the culture, the land. I hug the
words close and picture my ancestors wandering in virgin forests, loving on
mountains and in valleys, wading through rivers and streams. I feel rich with
these words; they name my deepest parts.




These are some of the
oldest mountains on our planet
,” teacher says. “That’s why they are so gentle—so welcoming of life.”




He talks about how the Appalachian people love the land, how—to
love the people—one must love the land. We talk about rapid industrialization
in the late 1800s and early 1900s. How the natural resources were exploited and
the people left barren.




Most of our forest
here are third or fourth generation…”





He connects the dots from the past to the present and I grieve
the death of forests. At night I dream about those first generation trees. About
the Iroquois and Cherokee who loved them in their infancy. In my heart I hear
the echo of their fall, gasp at the wide expanse of their trunks. The trees are
my kin and so is anyone who loves these mountains.




The earth whispers: you
must become like the mountains.
I take this whisper and carry it inside of
me.




The mountains know my name.

laura boggess

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by writingdianet on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:10 pm

Lovely, Laura. Just lovely. Thank you for playing with us!

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by writingdianet on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:22 pm

Evening's greetings, everyone:

I'm hoping this message will go into all the participants' email boxes.

The majority of the offerings this week have been poems, something I am very ill-equipped to judge. I know what I like, but not necessarily what is well-crafted. As such, I suggest that this prompt-driven challenge be of a "People's Choice" nature.

I would like anyone participating or viewing the entries to email me personally with the title of their favorite piece. My email address is: writingdianet@gmail.com. I will tabulate the results and announce the winner on Wednesday morning.

Thank you~

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by T.W. McNemar on Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:53 pm

Mountain Song


This trail,
Long since abandoned
Save, the hooves and paws
Of wild skittering beast
Through the sage and berry
Then upward,
Blazing greenbrier and vine
Then on and up
Climbing shoulder upon shoulder
Of hill towered of cathedral wood
And stone slab and obelisk
Of sunlight,
Filtered, shaded by
This morning’s cloudy veil
And on
To the summit.
As day erupts
From beneath and above
Brittle rays of sunlight
Trigger the leaves and straw
To waft gentle puffs up through
This Eden.
This soft wind rends a cadence,
Viols hollowed tender bark,
Flutes a million reeds,
Plucks untold score of string,
Trumpets the hollows of these hill
And lifts this symphony
In dissident harmonies
Toward us at the zenith
As our maker conducts
An opus
That cannot be heard,
That may only be felt
And raises our spirits
To a joyous fever pitch.

I shall never stray far from this hill.

T.W. McNemar

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by Karen Nowviskie on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:28 pm

Beautiful, beautiful! Let's re-open the voting!

The movement up and up leads us to the "joyous fever pitch" of the opus that we feel in our bones!

Excellent work.

Karen Nowviskie

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by writingdianet on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:39 pm

Super job, T-dog:)

Karen . . . go for it. Get something going this week:)

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by T.W. McNemar on Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:50 pm

I realized today that I lost a day this week (somewhere) and inadvertently entered this prompt competition late, so I just wanted to apologize although I'm happy I worked out this time warp before the weekend. Excellent work y'all.
Okay Lady Di, fire off round two.....

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Re: First Prompt "Competition" Ever

Post by grannysu1 on Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:42 am

So, second prompt???

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