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    Challenge: Describe One of Your Parents in 100 Words.

    I reckon it would be good if people could post challenges to get us writing - just short challenges, cos we're obviously lazy scum, or we'd be writing anyway.

    So, my challenge (well, I nicked th idea off another site to be honest) is:

    'Describe one of your Parents in exactly 100 words.'

    It can be now or a childhood memory, or it can be totally made up- hey! You're a writer, right?

    Her's my, rather bleak, starter for ten:


    There with an ice pop when I dropped my cone, running back from the van when the big kids laughed.

    Wearing a cool, short green leather jacket. Long, jet black, straight hair, shining like the Northern Soul records she played loud in the living room. Ready to go out, smelling of Double-Mint Wrigleys and Chanel No. 5. White lipstick smile.

    All thatís gone now. Dulled by years of crap magazines, day time television and drugs for made up maladies; maladies made real by a longing for some sort of feeling.

    She doesn't listen to soul anymore. Quite apt.


    (JUST TO AVOID CONFUSION - CHINASKI HAS REVERTED TO BANDINI!)
    Last edited by Chinaski; 04-27-2006 at 01:15 PM.

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    My dear mother is a writer
    She writes sob love stories every day
    She gets no housework done
    And (sorry mom )very very low pay

    My dear father is a business lawyer
    He argues with me all the time
    But he earns a lot of money
    And his cooking is sublime

    My dear father gets home from work
    And sits on the big sofa
    My dear mother brings him a glass of brandy
    And me a coca cola

    My dear father frowns
    And my dear mother frowns
    When they see my girlfriend and I
    Having breakfast in our gowns

    PS. Sorry mom, really, your stories are great!
    Last edited by Regit; 04-24-2006 at 04:48 PM. Reason: typo
    Remember the student interview story.

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    I liked that - and congratulations on that deft change of tone! I want to hear more of these.

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    Thanks. Sorry, I didn't realise it was supposed to be about just ONE parent until I already posted it.
    Remember the student interview story.

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    hey one, two, three - write about as many parents as you wish - very evocative!

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    One of my parents is a broken half-vase.
    One of my parents is a lost thing; alone.
    One of my parents is the left side of an equation;
    An answerless question.
    One of my parents is an incomplete haircut.
    One of my parents is a one-man-band
    With only a cymbal.
    One of my parents is a leafless tree;
    A treeless wood; a riverless valley; a waterless river.
    One of my parents is a road with one end.
    One of my parents is only a par, or an ent.
    One of my parents is not enough.
    They only come in pairs.

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    My mother is lovely
    But my mother is very conservative
    My mother is a fairy
    But my mother is against my father's relative

    My mother is extremely good
    But she spoils my fun
    My mother is sometimes rude
    But she knows how to grin

    I love my mother
    And if she will say
    I don't admire her
    And I will cry

    And if she say
    I don't love her
    I am sure
    And I will die
    I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew.

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    Chinaski, if it's writing challenges you want, you might like to take up the gauntlet presented by this thread from the poetry section. I warn you, it has a curious power to make you feel like you're going crazy, which may be why it didn't go very far.

    Fortuitiously, this thread contains a poem by me that ended up being about my dad and I've also recently posted 'Poem for Mom' as a thread on its own - and I think that may be as much Freudian rooting around as I'm prepared to do for the moment.
    But I try to want what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xamonas Chegwe
    One of my parents is a broken half-vase.
    One of my parents is a lost thing; alone.
    One of my parents is the left side of an equation;
    An answerless question.
    One of my parents is an incomplete haircut.
    One of my parents is a one-man-band
    With only a cymbal.
    One of my parents is a leafless tree;
    A treeless wood; a riverless valley; a waterless river.
    One of my parents is a road with one end.
    One of my parents is only a par, or an ent.
    One of my parents is not enough.
    They only come in pairs.
    One of your best, I'd say, Xamonas. You might want to reconsider the logic of the last line - not so much 'they only' as 'they ideally' or 'they ought to', I'd have thought.
    But I try to want what?

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    Excellent poem - reminded me a little of 'The Sick Equation' by Brian Patten - it explores similar themes. Can you post your mother lovin' poem on here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blp
    One of your best, I'd say, Xamonas. You might want to reconsider the logic of the last line - not so much 'they only' as 'they ideally' or 'they ought to', I'd have thought.
    I was talking about My parents, not parents in general. Thanks for your kind comments.

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    That poem is one of the most beautiful examples of Once upon a time that I have ever had the honor to read.
    It is beautiful like its author.

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    Xamonas, this is a really wonderful poem!
    I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinaski
    Can you post your mother lovin' poem on here?
    Sorry - do you mean me? That poem's a very recent post in the personal poetry section. And it doesn't quite fit the parameters of this thread, mainly the 100 word limit.
    But I try to want what?

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    My Parents

    My mother dear is a doctor,
    So she has people to care.
    My father is a businessman,
    and i'm the burden they bear.

    I hate my father foremostly,
    because he's a stinkin rat,
    he slapped me when I call him "dad",
    and insists I am a prat.

    my mother dear she's better,
    but only by an inch,
    If I were not to be born,
    She said life would be a cinch.

    Though haply may I commend,
    They were never married.
    Coz my father's got another,
    With whom he signed the deed.

    ~0~

    Would've wrote more.. but.. 100 word limit... haha...
    "I'd rather be hated for hu i am, than loved for hu I'm not"

    "I may run and hide, but I NEVER tell a lie"

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