I so love my great
Nation, a land of
Dreams, hopes, and
Patriotism abounds in
Every citizen’s heart as
Drive the spirit of
Embracing a better life.
Now we gather together to
Celebrate the day we
Earned our freedom!
Dearest country of mine,
America the Beautiful,
You are my true home!
Happy Independence Day to all my fellow American friends and family! May you all have a blessed Fourth of July weekend!
Listen, my darling, to this
One simple request, from my
Vulnerable heart to yours,
Every day from now to forever.
My devotion to you is as
Everlasting as the stars in the heavens.
Free me from this
Reveal your true feelings,
Else my faith in love may
Eternal love of mine, please
Reciprocate my undying passion!
(What If? Exercise: Read the description here.)
Samantha had chosen her favorite flower when she was young.
Unfortunately, none of the boys knew what it was.
Nobody ever gave her the flowers she wanted.
From roses to lilies, they always missed.
Lenny finally thought to ask her.
Overjoyed, Samantha shared her secret.
Whispered in his ear.
Embarrassed, he grinned.
This piece is based on What If? Exercise 93: “Ten to One”. The exercise is to write a 55-word story in which the first sentence has ten words, the second has nine, etc., until the last sentence has only one word. The objective is to show that precision and thrift in writing can produce surprisingly powerful results. I hope you enjoy what I’ve written. Thanks for reading!
Back to the story
Have you ever stopped to marvel
At the beautiful world you live in?
Pay attention to the life around you, and
Please take care to treat it with respect, for
Years from now, it may all be gone!
Environmental wonders can be found
All across the globe, from
Rainforests to deserts to oceans.
Today we celebrate them all, and
How beautiful our natural world is!
Don’t let this beauty be destroyed.
Always cherish the splendor of nature.
You have the power, so make a change today!
All the jokes you’ve been wanting to say,
Pranks you’ve always been dying to play,
Right and left, they begin.
If you’re smart, you’ll stay in,
Lest you fall for the tricks of today!
Friends outside have been beckoning you.
Out the door, you’re now covered in goo!
Oops, now what do you hear?
Laughs from far and from near?
Surprise! You’re an April Fool too!