Wednesday, October 17, 2007

3WW #57



Welcome to Three Word Wednesday. Each week, I will post three (or more) words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything.

Leave a comment if you participate. Many fun and interesting people might visit your blog.

This week's words are:
Field
Hide
Second


To most, it's a place that time forgot, with abandoned storefronts and old two story buildings.
To him, it's a bustling town square where a man could take care of any and all business he might have to do in a single day.

To most, it's an overgrown field on the corner, badly in need of mowing.
To him, it's a neatly kept baseball diamond, alive with the sound of kids, including a scrawny but quick shortstop wearing an oversized jersey and a hand-me-down glove that belonged to his grandpa.

To most, it's long overdue for demolition, an eyesore they wish they could hide.
To him, it's the nickel matinee, with all the big stars on the marquee--Gable, Bogart, Hepburn, and Bacall--where he spent every Sunday afternoon for three years.

To most, he's slow and sometimes gets in the way, and he'll talk your head off for an hour if you ever let him get started.
To him, there's no reason to be in a hurry, and the best part of life is the people.

To most, it seems like there will always be plenty of days and years and more time.
But he knows. One second you're ten years old playing shortstop, then you turn around...

"So he walked downtown with his cane pole, looking through the window of what used to be the drugstore. Next to the cafe where he laughed away his life..."

67 comments:

  1. These were a bit tough, but here's my attempt:
    Fields of Dreams

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  2. I continued mine from last week. It's a bit sick, but I like it

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  3. This was fun! Thanks for the prompt. Here is my entry:

    http://greengrassramblings.blogspot.com/2007/10/3ww-field-hide-second.html

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  4. .....if you read only one blog this year....take a second and don't hide.....come to the field of my dreams.

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  5. I've been meditating on what our intrepid Irishman is going to next. Find out here.

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  6. Here is my second contribution to 3ww

    http://a-mus-ing.blogspot.com/2007/10/publically-speaking-3ww.html

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  7. LOL!!! The Filtering system on the office server has denied access to Pia's blog! Apparently it is a site dealing with the occult! What have you got on there Pia? I'll have to wait until I get home to read it....

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  8. halcyon

    Here's me. I am swamped and didn't really have enough time. Sorry....though I loved the prompt.

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  9. The occult? Me. That's hysterical.

    This is the edgiest thing I have ever written but it has nothing explicit--other than saying that they're doing something--and I used to read cards but...and I do read my horoscope every day when I remember

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  10. I'm back again. This is getting tedious, saying "I'm back" for the second time in a month!

    Anyway, my post is up.

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  11. An entertainment legend fondly remembered in prose and haiku.

    http://www.herburban.com/?p=2341

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  12. Thanks for the inspiration. I've written two short poems -- a limerick and a haiku.

    Mad Kane

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  13. Mine is up.

    Sorry I didn't make it by to visit anybody last week. I had an upsetting call from my vet after I posted on Wednesday, ended up having to put the horse down on Friday... the one I'd bred to be my competition horse. We were supposed to start working together this week. It was a hell of a week last week.

    --Gay

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  14. I challenged myself a bit this week and not only used Bone's three words, but a writing prompt from Write Stuff, too.

    Another dark one - I'm beginning to wonder where all of this darkness is coming from. *grin*

    An Imaginary Friend

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  15. Here's my entry:

    3WW

    or
    http://walktotheleft.blogspot.com/2007/10/three-word-wednesday-12.html

    Sorry, it's a bit longer than usual.

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  16. Bone, thanks, as usual.

    I'm now going to try to create a link to my entry. If it doesn't work I apologize in advance, and will post the poem in toto. If it does, click:

    PRACTICE

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  17. Hi! I'm a first timer here. Thanks for the prompt :)

    http://mariacristina.wordpress.com/2007/10/17/the-pickup-truck-and-3ww/

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  18. I'm a little late, but mine for this week is now posted, a meditation of sorts in three parts, inspired by a recent flight: Liminal Space

    Thanks for the great prompt, Bone!

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  19. here i am

    http://uplatette.wordpress.com/2007/10/18/3ww-9/

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  20. let it be written, let it be dun.

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  21. Expecting mom's whimsy.. I'll just lurk and go to bed early....wait a second. Is that a hidden entry? Over there. In the field! No, the other one.

    See. I knew I could knock one out.

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  22. wow am i ever late on this one!!!! but here it is... happy wednesday everyone......

    "thirteen"

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  23. I actually finished mine on Wednesday this week, which is unbelievable considering I just posted last week's Monday night.

    Regardless, I don't think I'll get to anyone's until later tomorrow, but I'll be by to read them all!

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  24. Did mine in the office using mini font size, and still keen eyes preyed upon my screen.

    It's titled Hide

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  25. Mine is finally up. I experimented with another poetic form for 3WW words. Hope you like it.

    Have a nice day.
    Michelle

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  26. I hope my comment is approves for pia savage. I love your story, Pia!

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  27. so Im done with another Tina and Mike story...hope this clears up what was going on...back later...:)

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  28. Thanks Christine :) It's getting sicker by the week

    I will be out all day but will comment later

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  29. oh nooooo I was so engrossed in my son getting his tooth knocked out that I missed 3ww! grrr...

    next week I promise... or I will run out to the field and hide my head under second base like an ostridge!

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  30. I got mine up this morning, but haven't had time to get back here and post about it!

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  31. I wrote my post today before I read your rain post below. Some of my best runs have been in the rain. I hope your ipod made it through unscathed.

    I'll have to visit some of your followers!

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  32. Seems like I say this every week now, but I think this is the most participants we've had. Thank you all and I hope to be around to read your entries Friday.

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  33. To us, you made him come alive..

    To us, he is very famliar person..

    To me, he reminded of my dad...


    To you, I thank profusely for this post.

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  34. enjoyed the glimpse into his time and place.
    also great that you maintained style consistency throughout.

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  35. Sigh. There is so much to say to this... and yet no way to say it all.

    For me personally, I see my grandpa in a lot of it... and my hometown. It seems to me that regardless of who or what you write about, you seem to make it like we were invited to experience it with you.

    While it was all wonderful, this in particular got me: To him, it's a neatly kept baseball diamond, alive with the sound of kids, including a scrawny but quick shortstop wearing an oversized jersey and a hand-me-down glove that belonged to his grandpa.

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  36. I think it's a timeless piece about an old man looking at a dying town--could be anywhere

    Reminds me of a slow but beautiful film--has that feel to it

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  37. Bone, this was a great piece; a very telling image of the passage of time and how quickly life passes us by. I really really like it :o)

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  38. Superb! I wasn't sure you could top last week but you did. Well done. Just curious, but do you have a story in mind when you give us the prompts or do you play after the fact like us? And where do the prompts come from?

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  39. I walked away from this with tears.

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  40. Gautami: Wow, thanks. That means a lot. I think everyone likes to be told that their character came alive and resonated with readers.

    Jujee: Thank you.

    TC: Thanks. That's very nice of you to say. For some reason, I never really thought about it reminding people of someone they knew.

    Pia Savage: Thank you. It's rare that my work is called timeless. :)

    Pen & The Sword: Thanks! I appreciate the compliment. And welcome to 3WW :)

    UL: I hope that's a good thing :)

    Jo: Wow, thanks much! No, I always play along just like everyone else. I think it would kind of spoil it otherwise.

    For most of the weeks, I've had someone email me three words. But a few times, I've used a website that generates random words.

    Avery Laine: It is always amazing and humbling to know something you wrote moved someone to tears. Thank you.

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  41. Don't run and hide you almost bride! Just give me a second and I'll field the question!

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  42. here is my first entry

    http://pieceofpie.wordpress.com/3ww/

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  43. Bone, this is wonderful - those thoughts are some I might know, some that might live near here. Poignant. Provocative. Perfect.

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  44. Sorry I'm late...this one took awhile to come to me!

    Poppies

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  45. Just read your post, Bone...simply beautiful. Aging is so poignant and heartbreaking at the same time...

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  46. I see several of my older relatives alive in your story. Remarkable piece of writing.

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  47. Littlewing and Anonymous: Thanks for participating.

    Tumblewords: Oh, thank you for the very kind words.

    Fledgling Poet: Thanks. Always look forward to reading your poetry.

    Herb Urban: Thank you. I'm glad it brought up thoughts of relatives for several people.

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  48. Oh, I like this--wonderful, Bone:)

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  49. Bone, that was a touching story. It's not often that I come back afterwards to read what you have written, maybe I should do so more often. I will make sure I stay off the baseball idea in mine.

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  50. its always kinda strange that two people can look at a single picture and see something totally different. nice job!

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  51. I love it. Great job! I miss the stories that I used to hear from the hospice patients.

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  52. Bone, this was an endearing but, sad story. There is a lesson here for the youth to heed. I loved the way you entwined the past with the present in this story, very effective. Keep up the good work.

    Have a nice day.
    Michelle

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  53. I wrote this on Thursday but didn't get a chance to post it until now (this airport terminal has wi-fi).

    http://havingwrit.blogspot.com/2007/10/play-ball.html

    I'm looking forward to catching up on everyone's entries when I finally get home.

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  54. Greetings all, let's hope this works:

    THE RAGPICKER'S WEEKEND

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  55. Bone, I'm so hopeless, I'm still reading last weeks - yours was terrific. Seems like memories are all thats left - very moving.

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