You come in wearing the morning’s work about your hands, and deep in the creases of your eyes. Mud shucked in a brittle heap you leave your boots at the door, shed a pelt of polyurethane its pockets of tags and split ended string. Accept a breakfast well past your waking, to watch your daughters rise sleep stained and stretching.
These gums are splinter strewn with pencil shards from musing on ideas, chewing the fat, picking bones from the meat of a thought until it sits on the page just right stripped to sinew, muscles drawn tight pure power in a few dangerous words.
It’s a new year, and in the spirit of 2022, the speculative fiction prompt is back! On the first of each month there will be a new image for writers to use to inspire work. We accept all styles of writing, be that a poem, a short story, of a chapter for a novel. This prompt was originally the brainchild of D Wallace Peach over at Myths of the Mirror. Writing and Works took over 2019 and it went on hiatus at the start of the pandemic.
We have wrapped this first Christmas in red paper. Bow around the box to keep the anticipation from jumping out of its cardboard hiding place beneath our artificial tree with twinkly lights all aglitter in their reflections on dark windows, your face just as much a bulb of brilliance when your smile lights the spark behind your eyes and joy rushes into our room early leaps onto the bedding and laughs at all these presents we are opening too much in love with each other to contain ourselves.
I love this poem about baby’s first Christmas. It’s so full of love and joy.
Carol J Forrester is a writer, history geek, and new mum. Her time is spent balancing dirty nappies, half-finished poems, and ever vanishing book marks. Somewhat obsessed with mythology and folklore, ancient deities often sneak into her writing and she spends too much money on books her…
Good morning lovely readers. It’s been a while since I wrote a chatty post, hasn’t it? Months, in fact, so with the year coming to an end, I thought I should crack out the virtual ink and let you all know what I’ve been up to. At first glance, I wasn’t sure I’d managed to do that much, but then I delved a bit deeper and it turns out that 2021 was really quite good.