Smile and smile, even if your smile is thin
From dragons (see Wednesday’s prompt) to salamanders! Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).
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A note about the prompt
The text is from World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Milkweed Editions, forthcoming September 2020). See a video of the author reading excerpts from her book here, featuring two lovely illustrations by Fumi Nakamura. I wish I could have shared Nakamura’s images! But I didn’t want to steal them. (Instead, I stole this one from a meme.)
And this copy from Milkweed Editions is so comforting and uplifting that I had to share: Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world’s gifts.