What are we doing this week?
Monday: Observation / Point of View
Tuesday: Slice of Life in Conversation
Wednesday: Conversation 2
How about a conversation between non-human objects? Imagine what your sock would say to your big toe and your shoe? Or the basketball to your hand and the court floor? Or your dull pencil to the sharpener?
Here's an example:
I stood strong, second in line, my petals spread out to enjoy the warmth of the September sun.
"Sun," I asked, "You are sleeping earlier today."
"Yes," replied the sun. "I can't quite reach you any more when your Earth follows its path around me at its equinox."
A fluff of cumulous cloud passed across the face of the beaming sun. A shadow brought a shiver of coolness to all the coneflowers.
As the sun's rays slipped out its warming beams once again as the cloud moved on, sun added, "Excuse the interruption, and I apologize in advance of the continued shortening of my waking hours."
"But sun," I said, "If you take longer naps, my blossom will droop as my leaves dry up without your nourishing rays. I will grow old."
"Ah," sun replied. "That is part of our relationship; you will then drop your deep brown seeds into the earth and be renewed in the spring when I will meet your kin."
The evening breeze ruffled my petals.
Sun reached out, "You are preparing now for that part of our cycle. You have breathed life into the air as oxygen and gave your nectar to the bees and added beauty to the earth. You have made the world better; it is as we all should be and do."
"I have helped the world. I need to finish my journey." As one petal dropped, the sun dipped below the horizon.
You could be serious with science or history, or you could humorous. Just think of something you know about, and start writing the conversation between the objects. Jump right in the middle to get started, or set it up as I did with a picture. Can you tell which flower was speaking?
Remember to use action words and write in the moment, as if you are one of the characters now. You'll take that object's point of view, like the flower losing the warmth from the summer hours of sunshine.
Your turn! Please share your responses with a link in the comments below.
Photo: (c) 2016 Sheri Edwards