June 25, 2016

Writing Prompt #7

It's time for another writing prompt and this one is actually from the prompt challenge list, unlike the last one.

Day 16: Pretend you are sitting in a park. Write an "ode" (poetry or prose) to a person that passes you. Begin the ode with the line, "I noticed you were in a hurry..."

I noticed you were in a hurry. Which isn’t unusual on a college campus where students are always running late to class. But see, it’s dead hour. There aren’t any more classes until 12:45. So where could you be rushing off to? You half-jogged, as if you didn’t want to run but walking would be too slow. I’ve done that before, so I know what the mindset behind doing that is like.
You weren’t carrying a backpack, so you weren’t headed to the library to cram in last minute studying. Nor were you probably going to a meeting with a professor. I mean, you could’ve been. I’m just guessing here. But you weren’t headed towards any of the academic buildings.
You were walking towards the cafeteria… Which doesn’t close until 1:15, so you have plenty of time to get lunch. That can’t be it.
Now that I think about it, you were coming from the direction of the library. Maybe you were already studying—with friends of course so you could leave your stuff there—and you ran back to your room to get something you forgot. Maybe you forgot to switch your laundry from the washer to the dryer; man, I hate it when people do that. When there’re only six washers for the entire dorm, it creates quite the traffic jam.
I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, though, mysterious person in a rush. You probably forgot notes or a textbook. Heaven knows how many times I’ve done that.
You were wearing a cute sweater-jacket-thing. I loved the color, and it looked like it had pockets, which is so rare for girls’ clothing. I wonder where you got it. I wish I knew you so I could ask where you bought it. But it would be weird asking a stranger—especially one who was in a giant hurry.
Oh, crap, it’s 12:40. I’ve gotta get to class. Now I’m going to be the one in a hurry.

Feel free to share your "ode" in the comments below or on your own blog! If you share it on your blog, please link to it in the comments. I'd love to read what you've written.

1 comment:

  1. That was fun to read! It really felt like we were hearing your thoughts. Funny ending, too.


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