Sunday, May 20, 2018

Down in the Valley a writing prompt

Writing fills a part of me that painting, dancing and even sewing cannot reach.

These are the prompts for this week from

THIS WEEK'S WORDS come from "Hello, Baihua Mountain" by Bei Dao: guitar, patches, sign, valley, sunlight, slits, tale, distant, waterfall, drifted, hand, abyss

 Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my words:

                                                                  Down in the Valley

He played the guitar like she made quilts... patches of sound would surface and she would become attached to them.
The rhythm or melody bits drifted into her hearing as she read or stitched or daydreamed.
 While her hands made art from sewing patches of fabric or beads, her mind would travel to distant memories of hearing that song before.

Funny thing about the senses.

A tiny bit of a scent, or a sound will transport you to another time and place, and you can feel the memory.

 Sometimes it's like looking through gauze curtains, but sometimes it's instant and strong, like you are there again. Details stand out as if outlined by sunlight, as if watching a movie, as if the last 20 years had not happened.

At those times she wondered had they happened to her, all these events? How could so many events occur to one person, and how could one person hold so much in one lifetime?

Oh, play "Down in the Valley", she thought... a melody that haunted her from childhood trips to the gentle mountains of Appalachia. A song that took her soul to a soft place of looking down into a valley from a wooden porch, at a time when her poet's soul was but a child longing for the events to start.

Love, LeeAnna
has there been a song in your life that transported you to another time?



  1. Truth, esp. about scent... like your writing.

  2. Thanks for sharing that with us LeeAnna. It was lovely - and yes, I think that songs can take you back as much as scents can.

  3. Lovely prose, LeeAnna. For me, songs that probably belong to my older brothers and sisters have a way of sticking with me, such as Brandy by Looking Glass, or songs by the Fifth Dimension and The Carpenters.

  4. Hi LeeAnna,
    Amazing how a brain can do that! Connect moments with sound! smell! touch!

  5. Many times......lovely thoughts and beautifully worded. All so heart-felt. xx Karen

  6. Thank you for sharing your words and your heart. Writing will always be my first passion and the only Art that truly comes from my soul, music is the one medium that touches it.