A Study in Contrasts from Young Writers
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This week, we publish writing in response to the prompt Contrast: Develop the theme of contrast, using hope versus despair. And Elements: What is the strongest and/or most beautiful force of nature?
Epic. Describe an epic journey — real or imagined. Alternates: Share. Write about something that only you and a sibling or friend share — a goofy sense of humor, an unforgettable experience, a secret, or general writing in any genre. Due March 28. Pressure. Write about any kind of pressure — social, school, making the team, or simply the physical sensation of pressure (like diving underwater). Alternates: Six words. Write a complete story in six words; or Photo 8. Due April 4.
I watched you fly away.
A helium balloon losing air,
touching then the water molecules
that made the sky blue.
The same blue as the painted
horse at the carnival,
laced with a gold and silver bridle.
We held that balloon,
before it won the battle and grew smaller
disappearing behind clouds.
like cotton candy.
Your eyes grew wider as you watched it sail away.
But now you are that balloon,
unlacing the gold and silver bridle,
to look for a carnival of
With cotton candy clouds, and
blue water molecules
coloring a merry-go-round horse.
I’ll paint my own blue sky.
The desert wishes for the taste of rain
but knows deep down he won’t taste it again.
The lonely girl longs for him every day
but knows his heart has been given away.
The tide creeps up on the sand
hoping he will be able to get to the land,
but he knows he will be taken away
only to try once again.
Everyone wishes for something much more
waiting for it to just walk through the door,
but rarely we find that it will follow through
and deep, deep down, we all know it too.
It is the silence
that draws me near,
the grim silence
you can always hear.
It brings me through
the shadowed night
to a house darkened
by the morning light.
There are spirits here,
and all of them shriek,
clawing and calling
for a moment of peace.
To you it’s just silence;
you’ve heard it before,
but this kind of silence
means so much more.
Some of the strongest forces in nature are lava, heat, water, wind, earth and cold. In my opinion, the strongest force in nature is wind. Wind will cool lava, another powerful force, decimate areas with tornadoes, control weather, and when mixed with precipitation, it is deadly. Hurricanes will blow houses down, rip buildings apart, and flood areas with the water they push with their force.
Sure, scientifically proven, running water is the strongest force, but running water isn’t going to do anything once wind pushes against it in all directions. It’s getting trapped and isn’t going anywhere. Wind and water combined is one of the deadliest combinations of all time. Wind with rocks can create echoes. The echoes create beautiful music. Wind is the most important force in nature.