Topic Post – Week 1, January

Utopia: Inception

Midnight once more; the untended fire sinks low;
The lamp stares down upon the book unread;
The papers on my desk have nothing to show:
I have not learned the things I wished to know,
The things I wished to say remain unsaid.

Again the dead pause, the need for a new start;
The vanishing of every name and form
That seemed the very contours of the heart;
And all the working mystery of art
A queenless hive deserted by the swarm.

Then suddenly, unbidden, the theme returns
That visited my youth; over the vast
Pacific with the white wake at their sterns,
The ships of Quiros on their great concerns
Ride in upon the present from the past.

The Inception Of The Poem by James McAuley

Though the entertainment world seems married to futures of doom – of razing the human race via plague, invasion, and natural disaster – I would like for us to take this first month of 2015 to consider other possibilities.

Whatever happened to dreams of Utopia?

January will be the month for Utopia; form it, build it, find it. However you get there, describe it to us and burn a map into our minds of where to find it. Lead our ships on their greatest concerns.

The first step on your journey will be: Inception. For week one, plant the seed.

Though the month will have the unifying theme of Utopia, it is not necessary for you to write a four-week continuing series if you are not inspired to. Each story will be considered individually by week.

Submission deadline is Sunday, January 11 at 11:45 pm.


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7 Responses to Topic Post – Week 1, January

  1. Reblogged this on generationkathy and commented:
    I have not learned the things I wished to know,
    The things I wished to say remain unsaid.

    If that’s not an amazing start for a story, I don’t know what is. Join us at Brigit’s Flame for a month of writing.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I have found total inspiration and reblogged. Writing will happen.

    This looks gorgeous! Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. My favorite lines were:
    “And all the working mystery of art
    A queenless hive deserted by the swarm.”

    I’d never heard of this poet before, but I really like his use of metaphor in this poem.


  4. Reblogged this on Eadar Doodles + Cheese and commented:
    If you need a little writing fire, come on over to Brigit’s Flame and we’ll try to light you up.

    Liked by 1 person

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  6. Jess says:

    This looks super awesome! Glad to be back in the game! Happy New Year lovelies!

    Liked by 2 people

    • brigitsflame says:

      Welcome/welcome back 😀
      I understand Kathy has been poking you to rejoin the Flame for a while, so glad you did. 🙂


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