Prompt for May 22 – Virtual Carson McCullers House

Now it is Memorial Day weekend, a time to keep heroes in our minds, even more than we have been these past couple of months already. While we remember, honor, and give thanks for the sacrifices made by heroes for the sake of civilization, I thought it might make a good writing prompt, especially as we are often busy with heroes in our stories and poems. Perhaps consider the ways in which you yourself have been heroic in this dark time. Here are a couple of quotes that might set you off on an adventure…

“…we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with the world.”

from The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

“Civilization is not mere advance in technology and in the material aspects of life. We should remember it is an abstract noun and indicates a state of living and not things.” –C. Rajagopalachari

from Woman, Native, Other, by Trinh T. Minh-ha

Join us on Zoom at 7pm for our virtual salon of readings and conversation.