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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".


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

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