#WonderFold is a monthly feature that includes a prompt-based writing challenge one month, followed by the publication of a winning response the next month.
INVITATION: All art grows out of paying attention: in sight, sound, scent, taste & touch. You are invited to craft a written response (poetry or prose, 50 words or less) to the image and scene below:
SCENE: Lifting out of the ground, the line of the strong trunk bursts forth like a firework into extending fronds. A slight breeze offers a continual rustling as if to suggest the show will never end. So many pass by and never look up, missing all that is on display. The screech of a gull, and still no one looks up. An old man sits down on the bench across the way, places his cane on his lap, and through tinted glasses cranes his neck to watch as the sun breaks through the clouds and bathes the palm tree in daylight. A warmth spreads across the many who pass by while looking down at their phones. The gull has returned, screeching.
RESPONSE: Combining the sensory information in the scene/photos above with your own experience/imagination, write a short poem or paragraph in response. JS Graustein (Editor in Chief) will select one response to be highlighted on the blog and its author will receive a free chapbook (choice from stock on-hand). Enter your poem/paragraph in the form below no later than 21:00 Eastern on 9 May 2017. The winning response will be announced/posted 16 May 2017, and its author sent a list of chapbooks to choose from.