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Respite From the Storm


I’ve enjoyed writing for many years. I'm dedicating more time to the craft in my retirement days.

One-Sentence Prompt Challenge

Friend and fellow writer John Hansen put forth a prompt challenge with the following rules (these are paraphrased):

  1. Pick a sentence of your own
  2. Tell the source of your sentence
  3. Write a story or poem (John says he likes poems, so I ran with that)
  4. Use each word of the chosen sentence to begin each sentence or line of your work
  5. Have fun!

In my piece below, entitled "Respite From the Storm,“ I did all of these. First and foremost, I had fun putting it together these past few days. Second, I used each word from my chosen sentence as the beginning word in each line of my poem.

The source of my sentence? It's a popular, oft-used pangram, which is any sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet at least once. That sentence is as follows:

A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Pangrams are words or sentences containing every letter of the alphabet at least once; the best known English example being "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

— http://clagnut.com/blog/2380/

According to several internet sources, this sentence has been used since the 1800s to test typing equipment. It was also used to test telegraph equipment, and it's likely that it was used in development/testing of computer keyboards over the years, as well. To me, it's something a bit like the sentence I remember from high school typing class about 100 years ago: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Only I guess that's not a pangram...

In any case, I used the most famous English pangram as the basis for my very short piece, and I look forward to maybe doing other similar challenges in future. Enjoy, everyone!

Respite From the Storm

A campfire is healing, incredibly warm

Quick and welcome relief in the wake of a storm

Brown waters rise and rise, so very high

Fox is hungry and scared, skitters close by

Jumps, then lopes away as a twig is snapped to fuel the flame

Over which we warm our fingers to kill the cold’s stinging pain

The day is ending with the slow setting of the sun

Lazy bones and muscles start to set in on everyone

Dog days would be welcome if only they would come

Bob Dylan - "Shelter From the Storm"

© 2021 greg cain


greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 12, 2021:

Devika - I enjoy the challenges when they are put out there (and when I have the time on hand). I appreciate you reading the work, and I encourage you to jump on one of these challenges, too. Be well and safe.

greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 12, 2021:

Sha Sha! Thanks for the great words, dear friend. I love Dylan, too, though I've never had the privilege of seeing him in concert. I'm jelly! I'd love to see him, even now.

Have a great weekend, my friend!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 12, 2021:

Excellent response to John's challenge, Box! You're very talented, as is John.

Thanks for posting the Dylan video. He's one of my favorite artists. I've seen him in concert four times.

Great job, Box!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 12, 2021:

You have a creative mind and being part of the challenge is a great approach to sharing what you have in mind.

greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 11, 2021:

Thanks for reading, Umesh. Much appreciated.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 11, 2021:


greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 11, 2021:

John - thank you, friend. And thanks for putting it out there. Hope you have a wonderful day! Cheers backatcha.

greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 11, 2021:

Hertha - as I write this comment, it is 2:30 in the morning in your home, and 4:30 in the afternoon in mine. Hopefully your bones and muscles are resting at this time as I prepare to feed mine and wind down for the evening. Be safe and be well.

greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 11, 2021:

Brenda - true that. When it's fun the fingers run across the keyboard. Thanks again for reading and always commenting...I started to count the actual number of years since high school typing class, but it got too hard so I just picked a number that was close. Haha!

greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 11, 2021:

Thanks, Ann! I always appreciate your visits and comments!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2021:

Greg, you chose the perfect sentence and nailed it. Thank you for accepting my challenge, and glad to hear you had fun doing it. Cheers my friend.

Hertha David from Windhoek, Namibia on March 11, 2021:

I love the poem. The last part is amazing. There is something about the whole poem I can't put into words but maybe it's because am a bit tired too ey.. Like you said:

"The day is ending with the slow setting of the sun

Lazy bones and muscles start to set in on everyone"

It's already night time in Namibia so the bones are lazy

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 11, 2021:


I am so happy to see you wrote a piece for John's challenge.

You did a great job.

When we have fun writing...those words flow more easily.

But hey...100 years ago...


Have a great day.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 11, 2021:

Well done, Greg! This is a great, atmospheric poem and a super response to John's challenge.


greg cain (author) from Idaho, USA on March 11, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah! Very kind of you. This was another very fun challenge, much like Brenda’s have been these past weeks. Be safe and be well, my friend.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 11, 2021:

Beautiful Work Greg

You did John's challenge very well...

And the chosen sentence is my favourite.

I used to trick my friends in my childhood by asking them tell me a sentence which contains all the alphabets at least one.

Thanks for refreshing my old memories


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