26 October 2011

I thought I saw....

I'm going to jump back in a little early with a Write on Wednesday exercise to warm up to my return in November. I'm a little nervous because I may have a job too- I'm applying to a lot of places, and I have an interview at JCPenney on Thursday. This one should be a bit simple, since it's prompted, so hopefully it'll help me out some to start out here before working my way back in. The time limit is a bugger, but I type fast, so hopefully that will help.

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 20 - Write the words " I thought I saw" at the top of your page. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after the prompt.

I thought I saw a raindrop. The skies are gray and dull, aching for the water to fall their way, with a thirst which can only be quenched by a long period of more precipitation than usual. I can follow the cracks in the cement from the hot, parched summer down the sidewalk, across the street, through dirt and yards. The wind is blowing, and the temperature is finally tolerable as I let my hair down and sit in my usual, contemplative manner.

Thoughts rush through my head at the speed of light, much like the wind through the trees across the street, and I keep picturing raindrops falling from the sky. It would be wonderful, and though it wouldn't cure the drought, it would certainly be helpful, and a nice change. I love the rain, everything about the rain. It has a sort of rhythmic pattern to it, one which I like to sit and listen to as it drowns out the constant stream of rushed and often anxious thoughts running through my mind.

I thought I saw a raindrop, then two, then a few. I felt a raindrop hit my face as I looked up to the sky, gray but finally promising the rain we've been missing for months. Soon I am staring out my window as the streets finally are inundated with countless raindrops that I now know I saw. I watch as they fall from the sky, mesmerized by their pattern and rhythmic beat upon my window....

(and time runs out)

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10 comments:

Sarah Mac said...

Good luck with the job Ashley!

Longing for rain isn't something we need to do often in the UK but I love the way you've described it :)

claire said...

That was a great read. I liked the description of the rain, well written!

Kerry said...

Nice job Ashley! You certainly got a lot done with only five minutes!

Stephanie said...

The imagery is beautiful in this piece. I love how you describe the rain in different segments and give it life. Great work!

♥α§ђ£ε¥™♥ said...

Thanks for the feedback so far :) I feel a bit better about coming back soon.

We've needed some rain in Texas, so this is actually a piece that is very true and real. There are cracks in the cement and dirt, everything is dead 'round here. They predict some tomorrow...fingers crossed. It won't solve our problems, but every little bit helps.

And I can certainly do a lot in 5 minutes when I've been thinking about rain a lot, since it kinda ruined my World Series entertainment, and is in the forecast....and I type fast enough to keep up with (most of) my thoughts.

spring days, new growth said...

You can write so much more than me in five minutes! I need touch typing lessons (and speed thinking)
Nice job, can really feel the dryness and the watchful longing for rain
Good!
Kate

♥α§ђ£ε¥™♥ said...

I've had a lot of practice with touch-typing-I went from 5wpm to 40wpm within a few days miraculously when I was 12, in a typing class where I had started failing poorly. I've been typing faster and faster since.

As for the writing, I did a lot of timed writings in the advanced classes and tested out of some of my college English in high school because I was able to think quickly. The combination works out well for me.

Kimberlee said...

I like the repetition you used. It sort of added to the rhythmic pattern you have with the rain. :)

Rain said...

I love rain, and I love the way you've written about it. You did a wonderful job at describing the setting, then turning to the thoughts inside your head and then returning to the setting as it completed the transition from overcast to rainy.

I love the phrase "at the speed of light". I've used it myself on some occasions, and it's nice to see it on such a good piece. =)

/ Rain

Janelle said...

Mmm, I love the rain too! There's something fascinating about it to me, I could watch it for hours.

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