9:30 a.m. — San Antonio
listening to… well, who else? Bowie, of course
Hello, everyone. Are we all bundled so we don’t freeze our patoots? Brrr. Enjoy your summer, southern hemisphere. To distract us from the cold, let’s play with a word. I decided I wanted to explore abandon several weeks ago when Mark Windham sent me a wonderful photograph he knew I’d like. You’ll see it for our image prompt in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the word.
Do you like my new word collecting book? My daughter gave it to me for Christmas. Hand bound with leather cover.
Abandon originally meant to put someone under bond, to put someone under someone else’s jurisdiction. Now, we use it to mean leave completely and utterly. I almost abandoned you this morning because of a video game the same daughter introduced me to at Christmas.
Then there is the phrase with gay abandon. Sounds more positive, you say? I always thought so until I pondered it this morning. Usually, if you have decided to throw yourself into something with gay abandon, you are abandoning morals, mores, possibly laws.
We haven’t played with a word, in a while. So, abandon whatever you are doing, gaily or not, and explore. There are many ways you can go with this.
1] Go to the page I have given you the link for. Write your poem using words and phrases from that page. If you choose this one, remember to credit the source.
2] Go to the page, but use it more as a spark for an idea.
3] Write about something you abandoned. Despite the general negative connotation of the word, this can be a comic story.
As the sun set
she abandoned him
to the wolves.
He was bigger
What do you mean you don’t see comedy?
4] Write about a time you felt abandoned or were abandoned. Seared forever, in my memory, is the time, in fourth grade, when, despite my parents’ warnings, I dawdled while getting ready for school. Fine, my mother said, we’ll leave without you, and they did. You should have seen me tearing down the stairs — we lived on the fourth floor, but our elevator was molasses — screaming at the top of my lungs — the poor neighbours. Then my bag fell and everything spilled out…
That’s more comic, you say? You should have been me.
5] Write about a situation on a more worldly scale where the word abandoned works.
6] Go your own merry way.
I will see you Thursday where I will talk a bit about my day with Poets & Writers Live, in Austin and give you a couple of links; and, Tuesday for another prompt. I may do a borrowed one. Now, I am abandoning you and going back to my game.
Happy writing, all.