Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What is it?

Your memoir prompt this week comes from Assistant Editor Galit.

Writing short posts is an excellent way to flex your word choice muscles. Which word is the most clear? Poignant? Direct?
This week I want you to conjure something.
An object, a person, a feeling, a color, a season- whatever you like.
But don’t tell me what it is, conjure it.

Soft, velvety smoothness against my bare skin.
A warm smell of newness and earthiness, inexplicably intermingled.
Hard and perfectly rounded, fuzzy and fragile in my right hand,
A firm and well-padded little bump in my left hand, he is light
And yet this is the heaviest responsibility I have ever held.
A dark fringe lying soft against his cheek as he sleeps,
A fleeting smile across his rosebud lips and then a crooked, sideways yawn.
My heart opens wide like a flower in bloom,
Bursting with a new love.

Always, feel free to comment! Trish in AZ


  1. Sigh. There's nothing like a new baby; you've captured the love and sense of responsibility and vulnerability all in one post.

  2. I can still remember the "oh dear god, what if I drop it" when I was handed my son . . . you managed to bring that back to me - great post.

  3. Your post brings back so many memories. With each new birth, the emotions were always the same. You captured them all.

  4. So sigh-worthy and sweet and lovely!

  5. Mmmmm... new baby sweetness.

  6. Just beautifully written! Love it.