Writing Prompts for the June 2021 Year of the Ox Writing Contest

Okay, here at the prompts for June.  Remember, these prompts are springboards, so no crack your head on the board when you hit um instead of the pool, and no need to use them if you want to write about something else.

This month instead of 250 words or fewer, we’re going for exactly 250 words.  On the nose.  No more, no less.

Then, if you choose to do so, edit down that same piece, turning it into one of exactly 200 words, no more no less.

I you choose to write both the 250 and the 200 words pieces, then post them together, as one entry, with the same title.

Otherwise, simply post your 250 word piece.

Here are this month’s prompts:

1.  “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”  — Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird


Photo of Hōlei Pali with lava pouring into the ocean:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV8Vn5QTGPA

Hōlei (Traditional)

ʻO Kalapana, kai leo nui,
Ua lono ka uka o Hōlei,
He uwā lā Kalapana, ē,
Kuli wale, kuli wale i ka leo,
He leo no ke kai, ē.

It is Kalapana, the great-voiced sea,
The uplands of Hōlei listened,
Roaring is Kalapana,
Deafened, deafened indeed by the voice,
It is the voice of the sea

3.  There’s lots to hate getting old.  When I think about it long and hard enough, except for retirement, there really isn’t anything good at all about old age. — Suggested by Jim Harstad

4. The real me is far off from what they see, and that’s why I don’t go into the details. —  2024KAMBARAM, from “Details”


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