#SOCS #Poetry – Nation

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “point.” Open a book on your lap, close your eyes, and put your finger on the page. Whatever you land on, whether it be a word, a phrase, or a sentence, write about it. Enjoy!

I was skimming through the on-line news site I read this morning when I saw the responses to Linda G. Hill’s weekly prompt start popping into my email. I closed my eyes and jabbed at the screen; the word I touched was nation.

There are many different definitions for nation. The one that interested me the most is from Wikipedia, as follows:

nation is a stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity, or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture.

It made me wonder how relevant this definition is in our modern world where many countries are so diverse and multiculturalism is the new buzz word. The common thread for a nation now is likely to be a common territory and economic ambition as opposed to the historical definition which would include a common language, culture and religion.

If we all embrace a new definition of nation will it help to heal some of the world wide fractures in society that seem to be springing up and which could potential lead to mankind going backwards instead of forwards?

The following poems came into my head while my mind wandered through these thoughts:

The precipice edge

Sheer and unforgiving

Warning a nation


Collecting in pools

A nation’s gushing tears

As people lose hope


Lack of discipline

The cause of modern failures

How can we succeed

in a world where no-one takes

any accountability?

You can join in the challenge here: https://lindaghill.com/2018/11/02/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-3-18/

Have a great Saturday.



21 thoughts on “#SOCS #Poetry – Nation

  1. Roberta, what a fantastic idea! I am going to do it, many times, but I already know I will love this exciting foray into a discovery of what will be an eye opening adventure! This is a great way to be creative and what insights will be revealed could be amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Reblogged this on K. D. Dowdall and commented:
    I find this exercise in creative writing is a wonderful way to not only be more creative, but may stop writer’s block, opening up interesting insights for a new character and even help starting a new novel. The list is endless, and Roberta’s blog is full of interesting and helpful ideas for writers as well as being a very creative writer herself – drop by Roberta’s blog and thank you for this post! 🙂

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    1. The internet is a wonderful invention but it has a dark side. It always thoughtless people to post disturbing and upsetting content without consequence. It also allows like minded people to gather in secluded groups and share ideas and thoughts without the intervention of any opposing thoughts and ideas. It can encourage narrow mindedness if that is what you seek in life. Thanks for commenting.

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