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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?


6 responses

  1. Really great take on the prompt, the connection between our physical world, bricks and mortar if you like, and the movement of our lives and humanity.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

  2. An excellent first entry! I was nervous starting too, but I love it now. My grammar (and spelling) isn’t always perfect and the vast majority of Magpies are far better writers than me but I enjoy it nonetheless!

    Hope to see you around often..!

    February 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  3. Wendy

    I love the idea of Free-write February. Love your poem, too.

    The story I have seen in the architecture lately is peeling paint on my front door. What color is it going to be when I paint it again? I’m excited to find out–although it’s going to be a few months since it has to warm up first.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

  4. mamacheetah

    Louise, Helena – Thanks for visiting my blog and for your feedback.
    Wendy – you too. And I can’t wait to see what color you choose. For some reason I imagine something that really pops.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:41 am

  5. “breaking down
    into tiny Grand Canyons of narratives-
    tales with details
    in the crumbling crevices”

    Oh, wow, did I ever love this! Brilliant write.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  6. Laura, this is great writing! Glad you joined in Willow’s Magpie!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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