Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #59 - Grass

Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
~ Rupert Brooke

It is the summer season for me here in sunny hot Texas and yesterday after mowing my yard I took a moment and laid on the cool grass beneath the shade of a huge oak tree in my front yard. While the sprinkler head rhythmically beat away showering another portion of my yard I couldn’t help but shut my eyes and think of my youth. It’s not too often that I stop and do something like this and I found it so very refreshing and invigorating that I decided right then this would be tomorrow’s prompt. Well guess what?  Today is tomorrow and here I am inviting you to write about grass.

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
~ Joseph Conrad

When you stop for a moment and you think of the word grass what do you envision? Is it a broad field with a breeze blowing sending ripples across surface? Or maybe you grew up on a farm and you despise the work that came with bailing hay or wheat fields. Can you smell the green freshness of it in your nose? The thought of grass takes me instantly back to my childhood when I would roll around in it without a care in the world; now as an adult I can’t seem to not cringe at the thought of itching or the fear of fire ants.

Maybe you’re the neighbor of the month and you have the house that everyone wonders if you ever work? With a lawn that beautiful there cannot be time for anything else right? Maybe you are a golfer who hits the course just after dawn and enjoys walking up a long par five while the dew of the morning air still clings to the green. Or just maybe, this one is for all you hippies out there, maybe you are a naturist and love the aroma and escape of rolling a small joint and chilling out with your own special grass.

God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

There are so many ways to run with this prompt. Which way will you choose? We look forward to reading everyone’s tales of green this week and as always we are happy to have you here.


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24 comments:

  1. This weeks promt fits perfectly with my latest post. Thank you, and, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity each week to share and to read other like-minds creative thoughts.

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  2. Just happened to write a lawn-related haiku today.

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  3. Great prompt - Saw the word grass and was immediately taken to verdant rolling hills... then I read further and prompted by Robbs words, I let my inner hippie be inspired!;-)

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  4. Robert, thanks for a wide-open prompt. C'mon, you knew I was gonna go there... It's like a pinata - somebody's gotta take the first swing!

    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/grass/

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  5. imho, hippies do hard drugs and smell bad. flower children, on the other hand, smell good and only dabble in substances that don't require the use of a syringe. not that i'm condoning the use of illicit drugs of any kind. thanks for such a fun prompt. i'll be back. {i enjoyed sharplittlepencil's cooking class.}
    dani ♥

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  6. A grassy story with a sweet middle.

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  7. I prefer wild grasses,

    Elizabeth

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  8. Kudos for including the quote from Renascence, one of my favorite poems of all time. Wish I could write a poem with that kind of ferocity :)

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  9. green grasses are cool on the eyes in hot summers :)

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  10. http://8thavesouth.blogspot.com/2011/07/grass.html

    On Grass

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  11. {i was only teasing on my first comment. i should have put a smile in there ~ sorry!} i don't have to mow a lawn since i live in an apartment, but i came up with a little something. hope everyone has a great weekend!
    dani ♥

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  12. I was feeling sweaty and cranky. Sorry. My grass is dead.

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  13. I had several ideas and then it blurred into growing up. How my lawn was there for me~

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  14. Honour among thieves? I never grassed, boss, I promise!

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  15. Some prompts poke sensitive areas. Who could have guessed grass would be such a prompt.

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  16. "Good grass. Bad grass. Ugly grass."

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  17. @Mike: I agree. This was... fertile ground! Amy

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  18. Quite a challenge, as it proved, so thank you for it. I have posted now.

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  19. These seem to come around so quickly. I don't know where the time goes.
    Thank you!

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