Thursday, January 26, 2012

Timed Writing: 1/23/2012


Time: 5 minutes
Prompt: Vehement winds raging at sea
Source: Lucretius, On the Nature of Things


Vehement winds raging at sea drove our craft far off course, and after having lost our instruments and with no stars to be seen in the stormy sky, we quickly became utterly lost. The rain kept up a steady pounding through the night and it was all that the three of us could do, using a tin drinking vessel and our cupped hands, to maintain a bail sufficient to keep our little barque afloat. I can recall thinking, at multiple times during that dismal night, that it would soon let up, that it must surely grow calm at some point. It never did. At least not that I saw, for even at the peak of the storm was when our boat was swallowed whole with all aboard.

(about my timed writing exercises)


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