Write your birthday down the left hand side in this format mm/dd/yyyy and write a poem based on the illustration below, in which each line contains as many words as the number opposite it. For example,
February 25, 1980 is 02/25/1980
Zero "0" is a wild card. You can write as many words as you'd like.
Tag your open letters "birthdaypoem"
Names etched on
the head of a pin.
One name spanning
a bridge, another
undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled
into the skin.
Names of citizens,
daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in
a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on
the tip of the tongue.
into the dim warehouse
So many names, there
is barely room on
the walls of the heart.
By BILLY COLLINS
We love to look at the dark side of human nature most times. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are after all more interesting than chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, forgiveness, kindness, and humility. We don't talk of poor little Bo Beep who lost her sheep, we want to talk of the Big Bad Wolf who preys on little succulent children. It's like when we gossip we don't talk about the good things people do. The more disgusting and bizarre a thing is, the more hoopla there is.
Society up to a certain level constraints us from consuming or destroying one another physically through social devices we have so conveniently invented. Gossip is passive aggression basically...
Writing Prompt | NAME POEM
Write a POEM about a specific topic based on the FIRST LETTER of your NAME. Tag your open letters "poetry" and please don’t forget to comment “done” below so we can read your work. Have fun!
A - Suffocation
B - Having an affair, or discovering your partner is having one
C - Drowning
D - You're in a pitch-black room
E - Any type of abuse
F - The color blue
G - Jealousy
H - The ocean
I - A plane ticket
J - Long distance relationship
K - Driving with the radio on
L - Forgiveness
M - Second chances
N - Letting go
O - Standing at the crossroads
P - An important life choice you've made
Q - Your greatest fear
R - Intimacy
S - Running out of ...
The first step is always the hardest. The next step is easier, but still scary. The edge of the ledge is the struggle — you look down and hear all the reasons why you shouldn't fall. You remember how frail your body is, you remember your bones will be crushed by the impact, you remember gravity and how there's no way you'd go up — you always hit the ground.
The free fall is scary, they say. No one wants to welcome the uncertain with open arms. And somehow, the fear gets bigger, louder and more reasonable. Until the only thing that makes sense is turning around, cutting your losses and staying huddled in the dark corner, ashamed yet relieved because you are safe.
Sometimes, the perso...
“Never give up on a dream
just because of the time
it will take to accomplish it."
our love was built on
emotions that were
devoid of anything real.
now all i'm left with
are the memories of
kisses that you
pretended to feel.
In the comments section below, write a 13 word story based on this illustration.
You and I
will remain in the books.
Some mere piece of history,
a myth —
like all the poetry
of past lovers and
MID YEAR REFLECTION
In the comments section below, list 6 blessings you have received in the first 6 months of 2019.
This one thing is keeping you from making the leap, it’s keeping you from leveling up — it’s not outside of you, even if it’s another person — it’s still ALL YOU.
It has nothing to do with anyone else but you, your decision to move differently.
You know exactly what it is.
When are you going to stop fooling yourself?
See through the illusion and realize you’re the one in control.
If you could travel back in time, when and where would you go and why?
According to the dictionary, Prayer is an act of communication by humans with the sacred or holy. It is an invocation and an integral component of everyday life.
“Prayer is our treasure, to which we draw in accordance with our respective traditions, to ask for the gifts for which humanity years,” Pope Francis said at his general audience at St. Peter’s Square.
In the comments section below, type your prayer. I hope as a community, we can help each other by praying for one another.
In the comments section below, write a 13 WORD STORY based on the illustration.
We walk on a tightrope our whole lives. When it comes to everything: not too much, not too little. We find our center or fall off.
And that's why no one's perfect. People carry things on their shoulders every day, and the best of us can balance them well, but no one balances everything perfectly.
The Story of My Life
If you had to name this chapter in your life, what would you call it?
Use the comments section below.
Funny how some friendships can take you completely by surprise. You create undeniable relationships solidified over the decades then sometimes you create them much later on in life, spawned by an interweaving of a better understanding of who you are as a person and knowing exactly the kind of people you want to take in. You develop a seasoned, instinctive bullshit radar fine-tuned by experience that sifts through the bad, keeps the good, and magnetizes the love.
Hilariously sad that there are people that call each other friends and then take turns pulling each other down whenever one succeeds. Jealousy in friendship is something I never understood. And it's ridiculous - almost cartoonis...
We talk a lot about the firsts in our lives - first love, first job, first car, etc. They're momentous, significant, and special. But what about the last times?
In an Open Letter, answer the following and use the tag, "Life":
1. Last person who made you smile
2. Last person you said I Love You to
3. Last time you cried
4. Last time you apologized
5. Last time you said Thank You
6. Last time you talked to your parents
7. Last fight with your significant other or best friend
8. Last time you were heartbroken
9. Last time you were genuinely happy
10. Last time you felt proud of yourself
Feel free to discuss your answers.
SHOULDA WOULDA COULDA
What is the worst emotion you can imagine feeling? People express many different emotions such as joy, excitement, inspiration, and pride. Others, not surprisingly, are less positive including fear, anger, frustration, and sadness. Yet, the one emotion that lies along the continuum of feelings that is perhaps the worst of all emotions is regret.
Real regrets are about bad choices in life, love, learning and loss, being held back by fear and self-blame. Regret is a deep sorrow about something you did or something you failed to do.
This week, I want you to sit down, reflect, and ask yourself this question -
"What is your biggest regret and why?"
You can live your whole life assuming the next thing will be better, that way you can endure minimal pain, and have no scars to show.
Oh, but where's the joy in that.
Go to battle, fight fiercely for what you believe. The forces of love will always be strong enough to patch up your wounds.
In an open letter, make a list of advice or encouraging words using the letters of your first name as your guide. Here's mine:
J - Just do it! Take a leap of faith
E - Enjoy every moment of everyday
N - Never ever give up!
Tag your letter, "motivation". The best ones will be featured on Twitter and Instagram this week!
FILL IN THE BLANKS
I want _________
I need _________
I desire _________
Use the comments section below.
Life is fragile. Hard times are inevitable. At one time or another, we will all go through a difficult time, whether we deal with sickness, relationship problems, financial crisis, or work-related issues.
Advice is cheap, so it’s not surprising that people dispense it left and right. Getting advice from a friend is common but there’s one person people usually don’t ask advice from — themselves.
They say when you give yourself advice, you:
1. Become accountable for what you need to change
2. Own the changes you make to your life, which makes you feel more productive
3. Are happier and more motivated, because you have control over the changes you’r...