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4/15 Weekly Creativity Challenge Winner and New Prompt

Can you smell the fresh air and green grass of the farm? Three submissions this week, with the winner being Cathy Coley for her poem that I think all mothers can easily relate to.   Congrats Cathy!

I farm out tasks,
The kids ignore,
the husband groans.

Would it be different
if we lived on a farm?
Would the chores be done
Simply because
The cow will moan
The rooster crow
The hens cluck
And the fields
Grow wild, inedible.

If they had to get it themselves,
Would they eat besides sugar
Would they pick the sun hot
Tomatoes, carrots, wash them
And eat?

Or would they wither
Away to bones
no laundry done
Because I’ve mastermind
my escape?

From Karen Winters, a beautiful painting titled “Peacefull Valley Farm”: California’s rich farmland is disappearing as open spaces once filled by family farms are bought up and developed. In places fruit groves are seen dying, unattended, and signs are posted announcing that new homes are coming. The burst of the real estate bubble will probably change that, but the farms won’t likely return. Still, in California’s great central valley there are fields as far as the eye can see. It’s no wonder that California has often been called the Salad Bowl of America.


From Kelly Warren, a photo titled “Family Reunion”: On my late February jaunt to photograph my Harvey Collection series, I also came across a field of very friendly cows. When I pulled over to the side of the road near their pasture, they all immediately headed straight over to check me out, hoping for a nibble, I’m sure. But when I started photographing them, their true model side came out and they all garnered for front and center camera space. They were quite fun to talk to!


This week’s prompt: “Breathless”
Use the prompt however you like – literally, or a tangential theme. All media are welcome. Please e-mail your entries to by 10:00 p.m. eastern time (GMT -5) on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.  Writers should include their submission directly in the body text of their e-mail. Visual artists and photographers should attach an image of their work as a jpeg. Enter as often as you like; multiple submissions for a single prompt are welcome. There is no limit to how many times you can win the weekly challenge, either. (You do not have to be a contributor to this blog in order to enter. All are invited to participate.) All submissions are acknowledged when received; if you do not receive e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours, please post a comment here. Remember, the point is to stimulate your output, not to create a masterpiece. Keep the bar low and see what happens. Dusting off work you created previously is OK too. For more info, read the original contest blog post.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cathy #

    wow, thanks kelly! (i think there’s a typo, should be ‘pick sun hot’ not ‘pick in’ unless it works, then i’ll keep the preposition!)

    beautiful painting by karen as always!

    the cows are moovelous – OH! sorry, i had to.

    as for breathless, you have me hummming the old 80’s song by X now! (must go dig out the tape for the car)

    April 15, 2009
  2. Lovely work, you guys. The farm prompt is great — I’m going to save that one for use down the line. (Now that all my art supplies are organized, right??)

    April 15, 2009
  3. Good morning Miranda and all – I should have been here for the Farm theme as we now live in NE Indiana in the middle of so many beautiful farms! But we actually now have a little house on Loon Lake, with farms all around us. So, with springtime suddenly surrounding us, our lake has truly become “breathless” in all of its emerging beauty this time of year. Should give me some inspiration for this next prompt . . . . . I’ll do my best to get back here for this one! Thanks for the invitation to the network. Nina

    April 18, 2009

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