I guess that it took gumption to stray so far from home.
Who knows why certain people are driven so to roam?
For certain, curiosity plays a part in it—
a proclivity to action, a resistance to just sit.
A passion to be accurate in finding all their pieces.
A need for further education after school ceases.
But I can’t help but feel that there is more to it than this.
It isn’t only fearing those things that we might miss.
There’s always that small feeling that we do not belong––
that sense of isolation from the local throng.
It is a bit like pushing the odd fledgling from the nest
who does not belong. The other fledglings may know best
who would belong best elsewhere, and speed them on their way.
Odd ducks who display gumption or creative ones must pay.
And in becoming targets, they are prodded to depart
to find other places where they can make their start
to finding who they are in life—places where they can see
all those different people that they might be meant to be.

East Timor, 1973. Off on a long adventure

These word prompts were made use of in the above poem:

Daily Addictions: Accurate
FOWC: Gumption
Weekly Prompts: Home

12 thoughts on “Proddings

      1. Fandango

        I invite all bloggers from all around the world to participate. I’m not sure how to invite bloggers I don’t know or who don’t read my blog to join the party.


        1. lifelessons Post author

          I’ve put you first on my list hoping people would join. I think the best way is to include your URL when you comment on other people’s blogs, saying you’ve started a new prompt site and would like to personally invite them to submit work. Also, is there any way to make your One Word Prompt more obvious? When I go on your blog, I see your posts but it is very hard to notice the tiny One Word Prompt label up above. –Judy

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            1. lifelessons Post author

              I did eventually see it there but it is easy to overlook. I know where it is now so no problem for me. Just trying to second-guess why more people aren’t using your prompt and that may be why. I’m not picking on you.. I’ve done this for a few new prompt blogs..just pointing out how it works from the user’s perspective. Don’t mean to harass you..Judy

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  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    That is one ratty looking baby bird! Poor little thing. I actually found this prompt AND Fandangos reasonably easily this morning, though to be fair, I used your prompt to find his. It was faster than trying to locate him in the midst of the morass of email in my inbox. I keep adding people to my follow list and I don’t have time to read the ones already there. Why am I doing this? What’s wrong with me?


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Morrie brought that little bird in in his mouth and I worked a week to try to save it, even eventually getting the parent birds to come feed it. But it finally died, poor little thing. Now over the past few months, the cats have brought four half-eaten little birds up to my doorstep. I hope the birds will learn to stay in the backyard where the cats can’t go because of the dogs.



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