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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Weekend Mini Challenge: At the Seaside


Welcome to the Weekend Mini Challenge with Kim from Writing in North Norfolk.

Nobody seems to send postcards any more. I still have some that my grandmother collected over the years, ones she received from friends and relatives who went to the seaside on their summer holidays, even if only for a day trip! Many had views of the beach, pier and esplanades of various seaside towns, while others were of the saucy variety with jokes I couldn’t understand as a child and which would nowadays be considered politically incorrect!

I remember my grandmother taking my sister and me on coach trips to the south coast of England, to places like Margate, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Brighton, to name but a few. She’d buy us buckets, spades, windmills and the obligatory stick of rock. We’d change into swimming costumes behind a huge bright beach towel and then run to and from the sea with the buckets of water to fill the moats around our sandcastles. Once we built a car and a boat out of sand. Those days still glow in my memory, even the windy, rainy ones – and there were plenty of them.

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'At the Seaside' by L.S. Lowry - stock image found on Pinterest

I found a wonderful painting by L.S. Lowry which, for me, expresses the essence of old-fashioned seaside trips and holidays. I imagine there are similarities in seaside resorts around the world, but also huge differences.

For this week’s mini challenge I would like you to write a NEW poem in a form of your choice that paints a clear, possibly postcard, scene of the seaside you know or remember.  

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9 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Cool, Kim. I will be back!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the challenge, Kim 💞 I attempted a Triquain Crown.. hope you like it. Happy Weekend everyone ☕

brudberg said...

My coast is a bit starker... I might have gone a bit more into myths of the sea here.

Anmol (HA) said...

I just found this prompt so forthcoming for ideas and memories. Love these kinds of challenges that nudge right at the center of a repressed thought and help turn that into something more real and recognizable.
I really enjoyed it, also the wonderful verses linked thus far.
-HA

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Cheers for this wonderful prompt Kim, which I must add seriously messed up my plans for tonight! :o]
I think it was your mention of Bognor Regis that triggered my change of plans, for memories came flooding back that I just couldn't ignore.
I am so glad you made me remember happy times of childhood Kim, as I loved writing in response to your prompt.
Anna :o]

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

What a delightful prompt! I love the L.S.Lowry painting, but I love even more the William Robinson painting I've used with my poem. He is a famous Australian artist, and his beach scene has a more Aussie flavour.

Kerry O'Connor said...

The sea offers much inspiration!

Kim Russell said...

I'm thrilled that my prompt struck a chord with you all! Thank you for the wonderful poems I've read so far.

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