This week’s assignment for creative writing included a few writing prompts. I decided on this one:
Describe a landscape as seen by an old woman whose disgusting and detestable old husband has just died. Do not mention the husband or death.
I had already been contemplating a piece about spring and new beginnings. So this was actually a perfect prompt to fuel what was already bouncing around inside my head. One of the things that got the idea into my head originally was finding this quote, from my former online game, Dark Age of Camelot, on a page about the Sylvan race:
The forest has suffered much, and will suffer more. But it is pain we are accustomed to, and in the springtime everything is born anew.
What a beautiful way to look at adversity.
As I was writing it, the piece decided it wanted to be a poem. So I went with it.
Breathe every rich
Piece of soil.
Gaze upon every brown
Blade of grass.
Touch the rough bark and
Greatness of trees.
Listen to every hopeful
Trill of songbird.
Absorb every warming
Ray of sunshine.
Spring sings with
The potential of life,
The hope of growth,
And the promise of
That clump of dirt–
A daisy waiting to bloom.
That dead patch of grass–
Fresh, green blades waking.
That skeletal maple–
New, tender leaves waiting.
That glorious birdsong–
Potential new life forming.
That warming sun–
Awaking those who slept.
This woman, no longer young,
Stands ready for a new beginning.
Shedding the skin of past lives,
In fire consumed and reborn.
She is the phoenix.
She is the rich, black sod–full of potential.
She is the blade of grass–now able to inch forth.
She is the maple–reaching for the sky.
She is the songbird–singing of new life.
She is the sun–warming the faces around her.
She is the spring.
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