Thanks for inviting me to contribute to this group! I loved the idea of being given an “assignment” to help organize myself and spend a little time writing.
I was given the following prompts:
- Erika-When the lizards run.
- Jen-Shooting fish in a barrel
- Cameron-A just-washed sock met a just-washed pair of underwear behind the dryer. What happened?
- Wendy-What I’d take with me to the moon
- Amy-Quest for the perfect….cheeseburger, mate, pair of shoes…you pick!
I was tempted by Wendy’s idea and considered how I could write about what I would take to the moon. But the phrase “When the lizards run” kept sticking in my head. The past few years, as my time constraints haven’t allowed for long stretches of writing time, I have put my creative energy towards songwriting, which by definition involves tighter, more concise writing. “When the lizards run” developed into the lyrics of a song, which I will take into the piano studio shortly and put some music to.SEDONA When the lizards run, it reminds him Of the path he turned from long before Saguaros black upon crimson sky Mishearing truth in the natives’ lore When the lizards run, his thoughts will wander Smells of cooking, warm night breeze The day’s work done, her soft sundresses Languishing in the summer’s ease One decision that seemed so small The road not taken fades behind How many times he wonders still How many times? How many times? When the lizards run, he turns away Her long black hair too close to mind Lies silent in his marriage bed Dreams of flutes, yarrow, wine One decision that seemed so small The road not taken fades behind How many times he wonders still How many times? How many times?
Thanks for that opportunity! That was a lot of fun. I may have to try to squeeze some writing time in more often these days. It feels rusty, in some ways, but also like what I’ve always been meant to do.
Carla Betz is a private piano instructor in San Jose, California, who also loves to write songs, poems and stories. Not exactly writing regularly, she does occasionally blog on her website: http://www.bluedoormusicstudio.com.