Rambling or Poetry?

This is a Writing 101 challenge “Unlock the Mind” presented by The Daily Post.  I actually found the prompt on my friend’s page.

Idea:  To get started, let’s loosen up.  Let’s unlock the mind.  Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write.  Just write.

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to hand-write for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up.  It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the “Publish” button.

And for your first twist?  Publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog.

Ready?  And.  Go!


Icy long fingers motion to me
Come listen she asks to my story
Cannot fight her the power’s too great
Entranced by her beauty she haunts me

Ghostly whispers from out snowy lips
She planted her roots here long ago
Long after her death she still remains
She’ll never allow herself to go

Smoke and fire light and screams on the wind
Emanate from lost forgotten souls
Sisters brothers who’ve now been removed
Haunt her from atop the grassy knoll

Sadness sickens her and seasons pass
Tortured as north winds grow ever cold
Her hair blowing on blistering wind
Sap stained tears flow as her story’s told

Deep lines left behind by days grown old
Leaving marks on her beautiful gray
They only add to her mystery
Wrinkles steal none her beauty away

Laughter and love and then be forgot
Wondering if her birth was for naught
What many things she tried to have taught
Then she remembers the children and these

The dance and sway and play in the breeze
The jump and laugh and fall in her leaves
The bend and sing in the wint’ry air
Enjoying the wind brush her long gray hair

The sadness of her family gone
Seasons pass by and now Fall has come
She senses the spirits of some anew
New young saplings to enjoy the view

frosted fingers 02/12/2010

Words – 224

Okay, so the truth? It did take me 20 minutes to write this, initially. Then, like the stubborn person I am, I spent 5-10 minutes changing it and then 2 more minutes hunting the picture I was thinking about as I wrote it. Still, not perfect and I would like to change more of it but this is my basic 20-30 minute thought pattern. 🙂

So, what did y’all come up with? Holla! *smooch*


Author: Carol B Sessums

I'm a person just like you who wants to find ways to better my life - not to just better myself, but to become extraordinary and to love my life.

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