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Scott’s Daily Prompt 06/03/2022

Today’s prompt is. All grown up

When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?

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Perspective

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Perspective

Some say they are liberators
Others say they invaders
This conflict dominates the news
But the only view that counts
Is the victims
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 05/03/2022

Today’s prompt is. Perspective

Write about the last disagreement you had with a friend or family member — from their perspective.

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No o’s

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Twenty Five

The blackbird perches
High in the silver elm tree
The wind tests the trunk
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A quick one – a haiku written without the letter o.

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Planet of the Savages

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, No Thanks

Visitors from the stars
Passing by
Would be appalled
And leave well alone
Abandon us 
As the hopeless savages we are
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 04/03/2022

Today’s prompt is. Twenty-five

There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 03/03/2022

Today’s prompt is. No, thanks

Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

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The Forest

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Places

The forest
Is always calling
Deep in my heart
The scent of fern and bark
Takes me back
To where I belong
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 02/03/2022

Today’s prompt is. Places

Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

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Wormhole

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Back to the Future

I whispered through a wormhole
Sending back words
Of wisdom to myself
Be braver - I said.
Take risks - have more confidence
Avoid this safe, stable life I look back on

It must have worked
Now, I rule the world with terror
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 01/03/2022

Today’s prompt is. Back to the future

A service has been invented through which you can send messages to people in the future. To whom would you send something, and what would you write?

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Memory of Dreams

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, First light

I awoke
I remembered my dream
My oldest friend
And I
On holiday
On a strange island
We were going glassblowing
He dashed ahead
I lost him
I panicked
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I know dreams don’t really mean anything – but this surely means my dreaming mind is more creative than my waking one.

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 28/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. First light

Remember yesterday, when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.

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Tragedy of Apathy

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Comedy of Errors

It’s 2022
It true
But still
There’s a madman
With his finger on the button

Our zenith has passed
We missed the chance
To progress beyond
Our nature
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OK – nothing to do with the prompt really – apart from that’s all that came to mind when I read it.

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 27/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Comedy of errors

Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Write about a time everything did — fiction encouraged here, too!
Bonus assignment: do you keep a notebook next to your bed? Good. Tomorrow morning, jot down the first thought you have upon waking, whether or not it’s coherent.

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Happy Ever After

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Happy ever after

Happy ever after?
We all know
This is consigned to fairy tales
Why
In this century
Are we still driven by greed
To war?
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 26/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Happily ever after

“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?

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A Bird in the Hand

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Cliche

A bird in the hand
Is not worth
Two in the bush
The two in the bush are free
The one in the hand will wither
The two in the bush will multiply
Bring forth bounty
The one in the hand will need feeding
Care and Tenderness
The hand that holds
Is neither tender nor caring
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 25/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Cliché

Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.

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15 Years

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Buffalo Nickel

I found a coin
From 2007
I was newly married
Brown was a new PM
Helicopters and coaches crashed
Here and there
I started a new job
We were still in Europe

We didn't know the joys
And the horrors to come
In the next 15 years

By the end of the next 15
I should be retired
What will happen between now
And then

What were you doing in 2007?

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 24/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Buffalo nickel

Dig through your couch cushions, your purse, or the floor of your car and look at the year printed on the first coin you find. What were you doing that year?

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B+

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, B+

B+
Be true
Be you
But be more
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 23/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. B+

Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.

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Seconds

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Seconds

Where is our time
The hours saved in the kitchen
The days saved by the robots
The weeks shaved by the ones and zeros
It was all supposed to save us time
Instead
We have seconds
Left to think
Before consumption
Calls again
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 22/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Seconds

Describe the most satisfying meal you’ve ever eaten, in glorious detail.

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Undo

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Undo

We all have those memories
That make us cringe
Those times
We wish we could undo
But if we did
We would not have those memories
To make us cringe
And warn us
Not to do it again
So
We would do worse
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 21/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Undo

If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.

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Plot of Earth

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Plot of Earth

Selective isolation
That would be my goal
Off the grid
Powered by the sun and wind and tide
Food from the earth
Room for friends to visit
And children to play
Security
Not much to ask
Why is it so distant
For so many
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 20/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. A plot of earth

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

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Nightmare

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Nightmares

I dreamt
I was living in poverty
My home was gone
My family replaced
My life controlled
A nightmare
Or a plan
By darker forces
Masquerading as leaders
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 19/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Nightmares

Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?

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Far From Normal

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Far From Normal.

Far from normal 
Our family is
Like many others
Far from normal
But then
That is normal
The drive for conformity
From the media that surrounds us
Is abnormal
There is no normal
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 18/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Far from normal

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.

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The Swan

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Mentors

The Swan glided by
Remembering
Its days as a cygnet
Mesmerised by its mentors

Now it knew
Their lessons were empty
Now he chose
His mentors more wisely
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 17/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Mentor

Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?

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The Clock

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, The Clock

I heard the car door slam and immediately looked at the clock. It had stopped

6.20am 18th February, I awoke to the truth. It was cold. The war was ongoing – would never stop.

But I did not care.

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Best I can manage today – I am feeling so ill.

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 16/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. The clock

Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.”

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Pride

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Proud

I have been proud
Recently
My colleagues, friends, loved ones
Told me 
Well done
I swelled
Ah
I am easily led
To that fall
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 15/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Proud

When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?

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Ode to my Wife

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Cupid’s Arrow

Through glass doors, I saw your eyes
They struck me that very first time
And as you waited, I felt surprise
And bells began to chime
I had been resigned until that day
To accept a single life
Now it seemed I must find a way
To make this girl my wife
I opened up those doors that day
And let you in my life

You sashayed by in your silky skirt
More than my heart arose
I wondered if would just be hurt
If this road I chose
History did not promise much
My track record did not shine
But your perfection I longed to touch
Could it be that you’d be mine?
To the smallest hope, I would clutch
And revelled in your shine

Your beauty, your smile they stole my heart
I longed to hold you near
To be your friend was a shaky start
Al least I could be near
Until that day we made took the leap
We became more than friends
Then my heart was forever deep
With a love that never ends
And though age and time forever creep
This love still never ends

Your ever happy shining heart
Lights my life through every waking hour
You are a living work of art
A beauty like a flower
You stir my lust, you stir my love
You want to make me grow
You are sunshine from above
A perfect warming glow
You are my hope bringing dove
May your light forever flow
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 14/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Cupid’s arrow

It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!

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The Politician’s Apology

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Shoulda, coulda, woulda

Shoulda done more
Coulda done more
Would have done more
But
There was this 
And there was that
We did our best
Under the circumstances
We did
Better than them
Better than we thought
So
We apologise
For earth we left you
We enjoyed it while we could
So now you can’t
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 13/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Shoulda, woulda, coulda

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.

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I Write

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, All about you

I can’t contain my dreams
So I write
I can’t speak with eloquence
So I write
I cannot fly
So I write
I cannot stand and fight
So I write
I cannot remember
So I write
I cannot still my fears
So I write

There is so much to dream for
So many arguments to win
So much to fly from
So much to fight against
So many memories to cherish
So much to fear

So
I write
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 12/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. All about you

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

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Fragmented Memories

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Whoa

Ballons in a duvet
An attack on the Martian Embassy
Wome in bras jogging
In the moonlight
A car overturned
Sneaking through
The grounds on MI5 
Wouldn’t you like to know….
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Scott’s Daily Prompt 11/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Whoa


What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?

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Schooldays

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Teachable moment

I am not in the mood to write poetry tonight – or fiction. So this is just a ramble.

I have talked about this before in a previous prompt about teacher’s at school who made a difference. I think there is a method of teaching that works best (at least for me – but I think generally) but is rarely used.

At school we are taught that A + B equals C. We are taught that this happened. We are taught the rules to follow and that so and so did this then.

We are taught to remember these facts. Remember them long enough to pass a test. And then, for most of it, we never use that knowledge again and it is forgotten.

Pointless.

What I experienced very rarely was the teacher who taught us why. What this equals that. Why this has that effect. Why this word works better than that. And then you could extrapolate. They would teach you why and then ask you to work out the next step – which you could do now armed with the understanding of why.

In other words, they did not teach you to remember, they taught you to think! To work things out. Once you can do that, you can think for yourself and you never stop learning.

But while on the subject, I am growing more and more convinced that the whole school system is so out of date. This has been reinforced a few years ago now when we were looking for secondary schools for my eldest son. 

We saw some horrors. For example, one school that lined up the kids and did uniform inspections, putting pupils that failed into immediate solitary!

When was the last time you had a job that required a uniform? When, in the few cases left where one is required, was the last time you saw someone disciplined for not having one?

This might seem a trivial point, talking about uniforms instead of curriculums etc, but I think it demonstrates the underlying problem. 

We have a school system set that was set up in Victorian times. Its purpose was to churn out obedient employees to work as clerks in rigid office environments. And it still does that! It is trying to turn kids into adults fit for a world of work and a society that does now exist anymore. 

And it’s worse than just that. They are largely teaching remembering, not thinking. Back in the Victorian days, maybe even up until relatively recently, that was enough. You just had to remember what you had been taught to do your job. And it worked.

But no longer. Now every job is ever-changing. Everyone’s career, in fact, everyone’s life has become lifelong learning! Skills are ever-shifting and you have to adapt.

Except, the kids are coming out of school not equipped to learn but to remember. I know – I was one of them. It took me years to work out, and then only because of the seeds from the one or two good teachers, that I could learn still. That I could think for myself and work things out. That I could do that without being taught by someone. I could find the knowledge myself.

And there is one last thing that really hammered it home to me.

Because of the pandemic, we have of course been doing a lot of homeschooling. This, in my eldest sons case, meant he was given the materials and framework of a lesson told what he was supposed to achieve – but of course did not have a teacher to ask or to watch over him.

If you think about how schools are set up, the very rules they run on, this surely should have failed.

My son coped well. He did not have to be told to work, he did it. But a strange thing happened. 

Sometimes, he struggled with a problem or subject. Now at school, he would have to have persevered until the end of the lesson. He could have asked for help but if he had got that help (in large classes that’s not guaranteed), he would not really have remembered it as well, having not worked it out himself.

At home though, he took a different approach. One nobody taught him to do, but that he worked out for himself. One that I often use myself to great success.

He walked away from the problem. Nort for good – he is not Homer Simpson. What he did was switch to another lesson. Being unconfined by a timetable and having to be in a certain class at a certain time he could do this. And then, when he came back to the original lesson and came back to the problem he could handle it and it suddenly seemed simpler and he could solve it.

I have done exactly that many times. It has been proven to work. The theory being that you distract your conscious mind with something else and let the subconscious work it out – which it does much better.

Plus, you get that buzz from working it out yourself that ensures you remember it better than any number of repetitions.

This kind of learning approach is simply denied them at school by the structures in place there.

Surely, it is time for a complete rethink of the whole education system?

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 10/02/2022

Today’s prompt is. Teachable moment


You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

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Childhood

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Childhood revisited

Don’t be so afraid child
Fear will stifle you
Fear will cage you in
Nothing is as bad
As you fear
So live
Smile
And savour passion
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