Searching for Beauty

The world is full of grit. We see it across social media, the news, it's everywhere, just like the dust that kicked up on the gravel road next to the house where I grew up. Our salvation is the abundant beauty that surrounds us. It, too, is everywhere, but sometimes we turn a blind eye to its existence. The folks at Peacock Journal, with eyes wide open, search for beauty in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art, photography, and audio performances. Please visit the Peacock Journal website, where I'm delighted to report, you'll find some of my poems.

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Since early Spring, I've been trying to write at least one poem a week. I've discovered a couple of things along the way. First, what Colum McCann, author of Letters to a Young Writer, says is true: "Just keep your arse in the chair," and words will arrive. Second, photographs can trigger ideas and provide details that will enrich your work. You certainly can use your own photographs, but you can also borrow images captured by others. Below is a photo to get things going for you today. I hope it inspires a poem, flash fiction, short story, or anything else you'd like to try. If you successfully submit your piece for publication, please let me know so I can take a peek at your creation.

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