Why I’m here…

The jump-off line is just the title of the poem Why I’m Here by Jacqueline Berger. And the whole piece is just a response to the line.  Because of the year 1997, when Hong Kong passed back into the hands of China. A mother decided to take her daughter away before that happened.  Because myContinue reading “Why I’m here…”

I was barefoot…

The line came from Forest Fires by Sarah Kay. Mostly I was talking about a fictional self but perhaps because of that, I quite like this piece.  I was barefoot, standing on rough ground. The ground is always rough when you stand barefoot.  I was barefoot, a wild child, running across rough ground, heedless ofContinue reading “I was barefoot…”

One day she looked out the window…

The jump-off line comes from In the Middle by Barbara Crooker. It’s the first piece of Wild Writing I had done in third person. And personally I quite like it. Also, my norm for fiction is to write in third person. I mean, I can write in first person as well but my go-to isContinue reading “One day she looked out the window…”

Time peels away from the wall…

This time the starting prompt is actually from a Mandarin pop song titled Broken East Wind based on a poem by Su Shi (or Su Dong Po as he is better known as) the ancient Chinese poet which bears the same title as the pop song.  Time peels away from the wall. I look atContinue reading “Time peels away from the wall…”

The many small things…

The jump-off line comes from The Metaphysicians of South Jersey by Stephen Dunn. I’m not actually good with small details, observation doesn’t come naturally to me so below is really just my attempt:  The many small things I’ve seen… the morning dew on a leaf, the rain droplet on a window pane, a flower petalContinue reading “The many small things…”

I hope I am forgiven…

This jump off line comes from Rabbit by Heather Swan. I think I will title this piece Forgiven or forgotten. I hope I am forgiven for the words I did not mean to hurt but did.  I hope I am forgiven for the thoughtless deeds.  I hope I am forgiven for being lazy, for beingContinue reading “I hope I am forgiven…”

We must risk the light…

This was a piece of writing that I had written in the middle of last year. And I think it actually comes from A Brief for the Defence by Jack Gilbert and I had misheard the original line which was “We must risk delight.” I don’t think I actually like the prose of this pieceContinue reading “We must risk the light…”

When I was a child…

The prompt comes from Everything needs fixing by Karla Cordero. I had no idea what the piece is about when I was writing it and after I re-read it for the first time, I still think it’s just a collection of random jumbled recollections about my childhood. But now that I’ve come to see myContinue reading “When I was a child…”

This is a memory worth keeping…

The line is from a poem titled Poems by Nikki Grimes.  This is a memory worth keeping: The tug-of wars using blankets Mum and I used to play when I was a child The craft book she bought me and one of the arts was titled “Piggy Mum making rice cakes” and how I jokinglyContinue reading “This is a memory worth keeping…”

I want to say I was here…

The jump-off line is from I want to say by Natalie Goldberg. I got bored half way and started recording what actually happened (the paragraph about the runny nose). But I really like the ending sections of this piece that came after that.  I want to say I was here. Here or there, it doesn’tContinue reading “I want to say I was here…”