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Today’s writing prompt says:
Write about taking a bite.
Somewhere in between me starting the rhubarb pie and taking the last slice, I caught one.
It wasn’t anything like the first. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t great like the first one. The crust was too doughy, and by now, the lumps of rhubard, strawberries and other solid pie foods were just sugary bits of mushy food. And the sauce filling – just a thick, red sugar sauce with a consistency that was slightly thicker than spit.
I was more than full by the time I had finished one-quarter of the pie that was probably meant for a family. I imagined the people who had bought the pies on top and below the one I was killing off. They probably had a nice bottle off wine in their bags from the liquor store – a nice white.
That person in that family was going to warm up the pie before cutting single-person servings of the pie. No doubt, it would be at least 50% better than what I was eating even though it was the same pie. But that one would be eaten around friends and family, with the wine, and after a satisfying meal.
They would savor the first bite they took. And the second and third.
The first bite I took was about filling a hole masquerading as hunger. My first piece was the appetizer. I was now on the third course – whatever was inbetween the main meal and dessert.
No, my first bite was very different than this one I caught in total conciousness. I released it down my throat with another bite poised at my lips.
Today’s writing prompt says:
Write a list of things that appear to be closed.
Well it’s 802am here and if you were to look around, everything appears to be closed. My thoight about this prompt is that it doesn’t ask you to write a list of things that are closed, just a list of things that *appear* to be closed.
A small, but important, difference. And it also doesn’t ask you to come up with a list of things, it just asks you to write a list of actual things that appear to be closed.
I have a hard time with this one. And I guess you could say this little preamble is just a way to kill some of the ten minutes I’ve been instructed to write for.
- Doors. Doors appear to be closed (real ones, not Ikea kitchen showroom ones, or ones you’d find at a door convention), but their real purpose is in the opening and closing of them.
- Opportunities. These can appear to be closed, but often just require another look.
- School. When you look at a school when class is in session, it appears to be closed. Really it’s full.
- My mouth. Just because it’s closed doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say.
- A mind. When I first started this prompt, I wantes to write that a mind can appear to be closed. But that’s not always the case. And it’s not possible for a mind to stay closed all the time. A person witha closed mind has to balance monents of closed-ness with moments of openness. It’s just the people who are most interested in that person’s closed mind really only experience that mind and that person at certain times, in specific circumstances where the mind appears to be closed.