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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)

TITLE: Distractions
By Lucas Fyeld



I stabbed myself in the eyelid
with an ice-covered blade of field-grass.
I felt like an idiot and cursed at my son.

With ice on the world, my boy and I went out.
We ran crunching and kicking
Through the tall uncut grasses
And wrestled to the ground.
I rolled over him and my eye came down…

on a long ice blade.

We walked back to the house,
A hand over my eye.
I told him to tell mom that I
Could still see.
He enters and yells
“Dad’s blind!”

That’s when I swore.

We got through it okay,
We got through the stress.
We went to the doctor.
He said “don’t play more.”

The house is still a mess.
My eye is still sore.

I want to tell you the importance of the exercise – the importance of entering this contest – the importance of writing. It is important, especially when you don’t know what to write about. Especially if you don’t like what you’re writing or think that you’ll have any chance of getting noticed in the week’s challenge (whether that’s because you’re way off subject … or for some other reason). The habit and the practice help you learn.
The iced grass in my eye isn’t my reason for not writing about “The United Kingdom,” but it is one of the reasons that it hasn’t been a priority. But that’s exactly my point. It’s helpful to write anyway. Clearly, we all have … “other lives” to deal with. Some questions you should ask yourself are these: “How badly do you want to write? How important is it to you that you ever win this contest or graduate from the beginner’s level? Why (entertainment, or other) are you doing this?”
I’m not the one to ask you to ask these questions, as I’ve yet to be paid for any of my words, but that will happen for me. It will happen, because I want it to happen. I want it badly enough to get up, with a slightly swollen eye and get something down “on paper” while my house is still quiet. It will happen for me at some point, because I’m making a choice. It is not my highest priority, so it may take quite some time, and that’s fine. Jesus Christ and my family are both much higher priorities for me, which is why this week’s entry has just about received all the attention it will get from me this week.
Everyone in my family will be home today because the ice didn’t only cover the grass. The slickening glaze is on the roads as well. My home is going to be full of distractions shortly. One of the first things I’ll do when they’re all up is be sure to give my boy a big "Good morning" hug.

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Karlene Jacobsen02/01/09
I'm sorry to hear of your eye. Distractions will always be there to keep us from enjoying life, whatever it may be. I hope your week goes better.
Dawn Ost-Ratliff02/02/09
Yet you are used as a vessel to get the message from somewhere above to those of use struggling to be obediant. Thank you!
Yvonne Blake 02/03/09
so sorry for you "distraction"... I hope you can focus on your writing next week.
Charlie Comerford02/05/09
Well it's understandable that you got distracted, since you were having to write about something as bland as the United Kingdom. - and this is coming from someone who lives there! I've truly lost all sense of patriotism. Lol.