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6/8 Weekly Creative Challenge and New Prompt

It’s been a slow week around the ole’ Creative Construction website!  Thanks to Cathy Coley for submitting this beautiful little poem for last week’s “celebration” prompt…really lovely Cathy. 


I remember being about five years old
A blue, blue sky,
The earth and wood scent of horses
Overripe citrus tinged.
The post and beam fence sun hot
As I climbed up
Under the orange tree
Brushed the horse named Mark
On his snout. 
My father lifted me effortlessly
One handed, by the seat of my shorts
To climb up into the giant orange tree.
High into the branches I scrambled,
Surrounded by an explosion of orange.
I think my big brother was there, too,
Up in the branches twisting oranges off
And pelting them down to the burlap bag. 
My father racing against the horse’s mouth
To roll the good ones into the bag.
This is the purest, simplest, happiest
moment of my life.
A child thrilled by her senses,
Celebrating love and oranges.

From me (Kelly): I did a little celebration dance at precisely 12:11pm, Sunday, June 7, 2009.  Why?  I survived my girls first time hosting a sleepover.  I now know I’m not yet ready for sleepovers, and this was just one more child!  But she was a rather curious child…constantly wandering around the house, opening doors and cabinets, walking out the front door, going downstairs by herself (need I remind you we live on a busy road and have a river in our back yard?), so needless to say I was a bit stressed the entire time our guest was with us.  My girls want to have a full blown slumber party for their birthday the end of July.  I’m…just…not…ready…! Tips?

This week’s prompt: “Summer Vacation”
Use the prompt however you like – literally, or a tangential theme. All media are welcome. Please e-mail your entries to by midnight eastern time on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Please note you have an extra week for this week’s challenge since I, myself, will be away on my own summer vacation!  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 48 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. thanks, i enjoyed writing it.

    where is everyone these days? not laying on guilt, but any of the regulars or anyone new who sees this site, come out to play, please?

    thanks, kelly for keeping up the challenge!

    June 8, 2009
  2. Jen #

    Oh what a lovely poem, Cathy. And glad you got through the sleepover, Kelly! I don’t have any tips, though — such things are a few years off yet around here. Sorry I’ve been out of the loop. As I believe I’ve mentioned, I’m spending tons of time in the studio these days. As a result, there’s not much blogging or writing happening — but I’m making lots of other pretty things! I’ll be able to play more at the end of July, after the Renegade fair.

    June 8, 2009
  3. thanks, jen!

    kelly, in sleepovers and slumber parties, they only go up from the first one. as long as you understand they are never a good night’s sleep for the hosting parents. i didn’t start them til k was in 2nd or 3rd grade.

    June 9, 2009

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