Wine tasting in Sérignan, Vaucluse

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This is the latest instalment of Victoria's Monday Morning Writing Prompt.

For today’s prompt let’s focus on details. We know it’s those minute sensory excursions that bring our writing to life, whether poetry or prose. Engaging the five senses allows the reader to share the experience.

Perhaps you’ll want to focus on the sensory overload of a Thanksgiving meal, the particular scents and colors of the season of the year (wherever you are), the crowds milling about in the mall. It’s always fun just to go someplace and observe, then write your experience.

I indulged in a ten minute free-writing exercise, did a few touch-ups here and there, and then decided to post it as a response to the prompt.

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Laughter flows from an open, animated, picture-book face. A face that reflects spontaneous joy.

A smooth, continuous outpouring; bubbling forth, like water in a Zen garden, cascading over stones and pebbles, an endless, soothing cycle of streaming, sparkling liquid.

Golden laughter, reminiscent of honey, sweet on the ear and a balm to the soul.

It caresses the skin, warm and pleasant, delivers a thousand tugs to the heartstrings.

Laughter in the rain. Squeals of delight as droplets beat an incessant tattoo along the edges of a wind-blown umbrella, creep down the exposed nape at the base of the neck …  infiltrate the warm, no-go zone beneath the scarf as the wind whips it away… the squelch of feet trudging along… a soggy and mushy trail…

Laughter reflects in eyes which remain glued to the aftermath… a kaleidoscopic arc of a 3D rainbow, emblazoned across the sky, like an embossed canvas in an art gallery.      

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  1. viv blake on November 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Laughter: a symbol of joy, a health-giving release.  Wonderful.

    • mish on November 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      A health-giving release that is cathartic … an opportunity to get rid of pent-up emotions in a positive manner.

  2. Victoria on November 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    This is a delightful sensory post, Mish. Made me feel happy. I especially like the paragraph about the Zen garden. I can hear the water!

    • mish on November 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      A Zen experience is the ultimate pick-me-upper… thanks Victoria!

  3. zongrik on November 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Laughter reflects in eyes -> so true

    • Barbara Jean Byrem on November 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      Hi MIsh, nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have anice welcoming space here. I'll be back.

      • mish on November 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        You are welcome Barbara… and I look forward to your next visit!

    • mish on November 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Zongrik.

  4. Quentin, Jenna (@JennaQuentin) on November 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Hey! Love the details and thoughts on the senses! Great to meet you!

    • mish on November 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for popping in, Jenna! Great to meet you too! 🙂

  5. Ixy on November 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    This was so soothing – thank you!

    • mish on November 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Glad that I could provide a soothing moment… 🙂

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