Doing Being Writing Prompt – 009


Lake is “the Joyous.” It is deep and heavy. It lays down all its worries upon the Earth while it basks under the sun. It is pleasure, the completion of all your hard work. It is crossing off the last task on your to-do list. It is cozying up with your favourite socks and blanket; with your favourite book, film, or show; with your favourite pet or human; and finding your favourite nook with your favourite beverage. Lake is doing things that make you happy simply because they bring you joy, not because they are productive or useful. It is luxuriating in the freedom of not carrying a timepiece. On its own, Lake is laziness and stagnation, but at the end of a long week, month, or year, it is the most productive activity you can partake in. Humans are not machines, we cannot work without rest. When we forget this, we break down and burn out – our bodies, minds, and hearts fall into disrepair. What will you do to be joyous, to find pleasure, to embody the spirit of the Lake? Hold this in your mind while you work so you don’t forget to be human: so you don’t forget to rest.

(If you don’t know where to start, you can never go wrong with a cup of tea.)

For the poets in the room, you may take on additional challenges if you so wish:

  • Lake Cadence – Use the rhyme scheme AAAB for your verse(s).
  • Lake Rhythm – Use a syllable pattern of 775 for your verse(s).
  • Lake Flow – Use a rhyme scheme of AAAB with a syllable pattern of 6665 for your verse(s).

Please feel free to share your results in the comments or link back from your own site – I look forward to reading your creations!

Keep reading to see three examples from me.

  • Lake Cadence
    the waves crash land on the patient sands
    they scramble with wild, groping hands
    but slip away, swayed by gravity’s demands
    till the turbulence returns to stillness
  • Lake Rhythm
    I don’t want to bore you but
    something about your love just
    knocks me off my feet
  • Lake Flow
    I crossed the last distance,
    quieted insistence,
    just to kiss existence
    and forget the world.

© Rylan Skelly, April 2019

Photo by Roger Skelly, Shadows and Light Photography

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