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Freewrite February

I have come to realize that the best way for me to design a space of time to write is if I create some kind of corny theme. It keeps me going. It keeps my extrinsically motivated self running in the right direction.

Last month was Slide Show January. I wrote about memories and what not and it was a good writing exercise for me. So, now it’s February, and what have I created?  Oh, wait, you already know –  it is the title of this here blog entry.

At first, I thought I would just post freewrites that I had assigned myself from different books and prompts. But, I decided I would also just tell myself “feel free to write”. There are blogs out there dedicated to writers. They give prompts and pictures and promote the exercise of taking that pen to the paper and just go for it (or in blogging cases such as these, taking those fingers to the buttons). They are cool but I get a little bit intimidated.

One of these aforementioned “scary” blogs is called The Magpie Tales. Every Wednesday she posts a picture for a prompt, and every week I read some pretty great stuff. I’ve been stalking it for months now and Freewrite February has induced me to stop being a proverbial wallflower on the internet dance floors and just make an attempt (gulp). So here goes…..

Magpie Prompt #51:


I stand
on a brick layer’s undertaking-
He is immortal,
so far.

Sand, lime, and water-
flung out in globs,
bonding bricks
carefully placed
for coming journeys.

This avenue,
an archive
a stroll,
a gallop,
a jaunt,
a march.

Cracks and fissures
map discontinuous time-lines
of the passing of days.

It breathes.
It moves
with the ice and water,
fixed, yet breaking down
into tiny Grand Canyons of narratives-

tales with details

in the crumbling crevices.

© Laura Archibald
February 2011


What stories have you seen in the architecture?