Wednesdays I will be offering a writing prompt and my response. Please feel free to share your response as well. This will encourage us to stretch ourselves to write in new ways. Happy ink dance!
Prompt: Begin with, ‘I thought I saw…’*
“I thought I saw you in the new spring leaves, but then in noticed the dead branch hanging from the tree.
I thought I saw you in the smile of a stranger on the street, but then I realized he was missing some teeth.
I thought it may have been you when I watched a father push his child on the swing, but then I saw him walk away to answer his phone.
I thought it may have been you when I watched a wave roll into the shore, but then I saw the trash left on the sand.
I thought just maybe it was you when I heard myself praising my child for the new math fact he learned, but then I heard myself rushing him along in frustration.
I thought just maybe it was you when I woke to the sound of, ‘mama can I lay with you?’ but then I looked at the 2:54 of the clock.
I thought I saw you, but I must have been wrong.”
“I was there, but you chose to see the little thorn instead of the beautiful rose.
You choose your focus in all that you see.
If you dismiss all that is good and beautiful because of something that is not, you choose to miss the beauty.
You choose to miss me.”
*Writing Prompt is from creativewritingprompts.com