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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #204

Here’s how it works: Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.) You respond with something CREATIVE Here are some suggestions: An answering photo A cartoon A joke A caption An anecdote A short story (flash fiction) A poem A newly minted proverb, adage or saying An essay A song—the lyrics […]

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #204 #Whether the weather be fine

It was a cloudy warm evening in June

as we strolled hand in hand through the dunes

looking up at the dark clouds above

we decided that if we were to make love

we’d get soaked if we didn’t do it soon.

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Ronovan writes #Haiku prompt £430

Bad luck or ill-wished

Hocus pocus is the cry

fingers are still crossed

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Ronovan writes #Sijo poetry prompt #29 #Renewal

Silently the old tree watches as his shadow lengthens

and shaking his once proud green headdress now no longer needed

but soon must fall to earth that he renewed may live again

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #203

Here’s how it works: Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.) You respond with something CREATIVE Here are some suggestions: An answering photo A cartoon A joke A caption An anecdote A short story (flash fiction) A poem A newly minted proverb, adage or saying An essay A song—the lyrics […]

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #203

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #203 #Even the slightest thing.

On our regular Wednesday afternoon walk, my regular companion, a generally steadfast fellow, was looking over the fence at the strangely industrial-looking complex away in the distance. He seemed lost in thought and there was a pained expression on his face. His eyes looked rather red, I thought perhaps a touch of hay-fever from the unseen grain dust. “I say, Wormsley old boy, are you okay, you seem a trifle off. Has something happened?” He turned to me and replied,”I’m fine thanks old chap, but seeing those silos gave me a bit of a start. You see, I’ve never really talked about my time in the trenches before but those things over there certainly rang a nasty bell. They just reminded me of the square-heads in the opposite trenches with their binoculars, all the time watching us, ready to unleash the rain of death and destruction if ever they noticed us doing anything unusual. Sorry, just can’t seem to shake it off, often think about them at night in bed too.” This rather put a dampener on the afternoon jaunt so an awkward silence ensued. Finally he smiled and said, “Anyway, that’s nothing to dwell upon, let’s just carry on old chap.”

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Ronovan writes #Haiku weekly prompt #429

Carried on the breeze

to pluck notes on the septum

the scent of danger

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Sammiscribbles weekend writing prompt #278 Genesis

Jovan’s arm extended and two digits grasped the narrow neck of the flask. The callipers opened allowing it’s release from the super-cooled compartment in which it had nestled for the past seventeen years. Time for the next assignment on their mission. He pulled the flask from it’s cradle and turning, reached over and placed it onto the belt carrying it to the jettison chute where it would be released into the planet’s atmosphere commencing another seeding if found viable for life.

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Film review: The Ants and the Grasshopper

The Earthbound Report

I wrote about The Ants and the Grasshopperlast year as a film to look out for. It’s out today, a heartfelt exploration of the power of stories to make change. As the tagline puts it, “how do you change someone’s mind about the most important thing in the world?”

The film begins in the village of Bwabwa in Malawi, where we meet Anita Chitaya. She’s a farmer and a mother, a neighbour and an activist. We follow her in the fields as she explains her organic growing techniques. We also see her at work in the community, organising workshops and events that break down stereotypes of ‘women’s work’ and get men more involved in running the household – as her own husband Christopher has learned (eventually) to do.

We also see how the village is affected by changing weather patterns, the walk to fetch water, the difficulty of growing…

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #202 #Fatal beauty

I don’t really know a lot about trees

but I feel that I might recognise these leaves

as you stroll through the countryside

just cast your eyes up to the skies

and if you are in a grove of apple trees

you may see in the branches clumps of these

and just in case you still don’t know

it’s a parasite plant we call mistletoe

once sacred to the Druids nowadays this is

the one to stand under if you want to be kissed

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