Visual Dare: “Between”

Hold the presses! Another opportunity to procrastinate comes into view: “Visual Dare,” a weekly photographic writing prompt from Angela Goff. The challenge: 150 words or less. Below, this week’s challenge.

I simply cannot resist a good writing prompt. Hmmm. Let’s see now…...


Somewhere between heaven and earth,

shoes spit-shined,
ready for high society

or a free fall,
whichever is my lot –

the latter seeming inevitable,

I keep looking skyward,
praying for an updraft.

And why not?

“You’re way too cheerful,”
Ma said.
And she was probably right about that,
but I’ll never admit it,
not publicly anyway.

Only the pulsating blue dot
on my Google Maps
knows right where I am.
That and God.

(74 words)

See other visual dares and links to what others have created from the prompts at Anonymous Legacy.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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6 Responses to Visual Dare: “Between”

  1. LOVE it. And it is not possible to be ‘too cheerful,’ not if the cheer resides/rests in hope.


  2. drmagoo says:



  3. A wonderful response to the Visual Dare challenge! The framing of your poetry and word usage mimic the lifting upwards photo. Really enjoyed this!


  4. Lovely twist on the prompt – and in half the word count? That’s amazing. Such texture painted here in sparse, carefully chosen lines. I’m so glad you chose the Visual Dare as your method of procrastination — I hope you grace us with your creative detours again! Happy New Year and thank you for taking the dare!


  5. You are good, really good. And I positively love cheerful people!


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