FRIDAY 5th APRIL 2021
This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘The Daily Post on WordPress’
Prompt ~ PRIZED POSSESSION
Describe an item you were incredibly attached to as a child. What became of it?
by John Yeo
High adventure, romance, and crime.
A uniform array of seats and students,
A desk, an inkwell and a blotter,
A dipping pen with a removable nib,
Blotting paper to soak up the blobs
Inky fingers from leaks and smudges
Nib scratching on an exercise book,
Nibs that got crossed from wearing them in
Tailored to the way you held the pen.
Train drivers, firemen and cowboys.
Then a competition for all the class,
The prize to win was a modern pen
Blue in colour with a silver nib
With a container made of rubber within
That was filled by a lever with blue black ink.
Write a story, an essay or a poem
Using inspiration and imagination.
I won that pen through determination.
Nature, gardens and current affairs.
I respected that pen for years to come
My writing improved and my comprehension
A prize with hidden value beyond measure
That allowed me to convey my inner thoughts.
To all around it was just a cheap pen,
To me it represented a treasure fairly won
A gateway to expressing thought on paper
Writing many stories, essays and poems.
Experiences of life, love and growing up.
© Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.
This prompt was quite easy for me to answer, as I had already answered something like it in a poetry group Margaret and I were both members of seven years ago. I wrote this poem which is based on an actual event that happened during my school days. The fountain pen I won did give me a lot of service over the years. Sadly, I can’t remember exactly what happened to the pen but the main section of this writing prompt is answered within this poem. I think I probably outgrew or lost this wonderful prize that was responsible for inspiring and enabling me to put my thoughts on paper over many years since.
The Germination of Significance from an Insignificant Seed