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TheGreatAbider16  ·  372 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: This Is What It's Like

Phew, I'm crawling back out of the woodwork for this killer prompt. Maybe it's because I've felt disconnected from my local writing community recently and have been doing a lot of rock climbing, but I couldn't help myself.

  This is what it's like to climb into the storm:

  Tilt against the rock, a crucifix 

shod in rubber. Ignore the thunder—

uncertainty is why you came. Open

your mouth when you breathe.

  The rhododendron and pine will be

gone tomorrow; taste them

on the rain today. At the top,

hook the metal back

  to your waist. Leave the wall clean. 

Leave your hands raw. Leave your feet

bare when they return to Earth. The sand

is soft in Muir Valley, and the snakes

  don’t bother with cloudy weather. 

This is what it's like to toss fear,

wet, across the ground where it will

run in rivulets with mud and melting

  clay. Spill it from chest and gut. 

Trade it for laughter. Grin with

bright teeth that know what it's like

to fight gravity.

lil  ·  371 days ago  ·  link  ·  

  This is what it's like to toss fear, 

wet, across the ground where it will

run in rivulets with mud and melting


I came back to read these lines again today and I'm amazed at how raw and fresh they are. Have you published any poems?

TheGreatAbider16  ·  371 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh gosh, thanks so much! That is very kind of you to say. I grinned at a few of your lines as well, especially this one, which resonated with me:

    but instead buy a carton of juice for the boyfriend

    not wanting to be doctrinaire

    about anything, even orange juice.

I have indeed published poems in Maudlin House, Rat's Ass Review, Poetry Pacific, and The Scarlet Leaf Review. I haven't been submitting much lately and have hit a bit of a dry spell in my writing, but I plan to get back into the swing of things soon! I'd love to appear in -- it's such a fun publication with mixed media, which I appreciate.

lil  ·  370 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was just looking through previous #todayswritingprompt and found another lovely thing you wrote.

lil  ·  372 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow! Thanks for calling it a killer prompt and for writing this killer poem. Try this prompt on your high school class and read them BurnTheBarricade's poem and yours and all of them.

TheGreatAbider16  ·  372 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh thank you, I will! Your suggestion is welcome; I am teaching a big poetry/writing workshop unit in a couple of months and am just beginning to compile and organize texts!