Comments and Questions for Padden Creek Trail

The Padden Creek trail isn’t remote, isn’t that many
steps from my front door. I pass through a curtain
of trees, enter its green strip of woods. I’m often
charmed by what I find along the trail, but not always.
I keep on the trail, unless I see a newly-discarded can
or bottle, pick it up for proper disposal in a recycle bin.
I never litter. How do we foster mindfulness and
taking care so these are elements in our daily lives?
The trail can be dangerous during and after heavy
snow or high winds, and the rifle shots of breaking
tree limbs are unnerving. How do we fold caution
into our daily lives? How do we cross into safety?

~*~

Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo 2014 ~ Day 24

~*~

For my prompt, I used the words from the 2012 Kumquat Challenge:

remote, curtain, step, keep, never, charm, foster, element, fold, and wind

Here it is again, with the words italicized.

Comments and Questions for Padden Creek Trail

The Padden Creek trail isn’t remote, isn’t that many
steps from my front door. I pass through a curtain
of trees, enter its green strip of woods. I’m often
charmed by what I find along the trail, but not always.
I keep on the trail, unless I see a newly-discarded can
or bottle, pick it up for proper disposal in a recycle bin.
I never litter. How do we foster mindfulness and
taking care so these are elements in our daily lives?
The trail can be dangerous during and after heavy
snow or high winds, and the rifle shots of breaking
tree limbs are unnerving. How do we fold caution
into our daily lives? How do we cross into safety?

My early Kumquat Challenge poems sprawled. For this attempt, I wanted to write a piece as short as possible, and as close to ten lines as possible (for me) while still being (somewhat) coherent.

This result is 12 lines long — not including the title and line space following it. What do you think?

Hey, YOU could try your hand at using this prompt too!

All the best, Andy

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About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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