(Timed Word Challenge)

Longing to forget those words, yet
they echo, resonate, through my mind –
ricochet, a bullet against walls – no escape
from the pain, insanity – soldiers in a line
Scram words of hate, why always berate
Wishing, needing – everything to go blank –
salvation, sanctuary, from this brain cramp
Beseeching, whom? Anyone! On my knees
Dreaded Echo of cruel words, please cease
this infernal siege

The word count is 61 words including title and subtitle.
The very lovely and very talented Pepperanne ( invited me to do this. I knew I was going to find it challenging but I wanted to give it a shot. So I did, and I can’t say I’m especially pleased with the result at all; I had no idea my mind was going to take me where it did. I also found it really hard not being able to go back and edit anything. I find it even harder publishing it, as it is, but that was the deal.

I am going to invite the following bloggers to try this. Obviously it is just an invitation and you do not have to accept it – no pressure guys 🙂

Matt ( – I know you’ve just done this but I get the feeling you don’t mind those type of challenges 😉
Juliet (
Dana (
Antony (
Karin (

Below are the rules, and your topic will be at the very bottom.Please have fun with this (more than me, is what I mean, ha!)

1) Open an MS word document (or any other editor).
2) Set a stop watch or a mobile for 5-10 minutes.
3) Your topic is at the foot of this post. DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
4) Fill the word document with as much wordage as you want, once you start writing, don’t stop.
5) DO NOT cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check (this is only meant for you to reflect on your control over sensible thought flow).
6) You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals.
7) At the end of your post write down the number of words.
8) Do not forget to copy and paste the entire passage to your blog post with a new topic.

Your topic — Desert

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31 thoughts on “Echo

  1. I think you are too hard on yourself, I enjoyed Echo very much and am really impressed that you wrote that in such a short space of time with no rewrites or edit, amazing!

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    1. I did take the full ten minutes instead of five – It just feels unfinished, it doesn’t feel right… but hey, that’s me and my crazy perfectionism 😉
      Thank you for reading and your kind words, they were needed! 🙂


      1. I know, right? I read yours last night and thought it was great but I had no idea what it was for. Then in bed at 1am I was going through posts and found hers and saw she had nominated me and you and I was like: “That’s what his Echo was for! And now I have to do one too, gaaah!”


      2. Haha that’s actually so weird, I can’t get over it. When I saw Pepper’s post last night I was sure that was why you had written Echo, it made sense, right? Although I was surprised you hadn’t bothered to mention her or the actual challenge but I thought maybe you’d forgotten… or something.
        Well at least you’ve done her challenge now 😉

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  2. Nathalie, I want to thank you for accepting this challenge, and taking the plunge. I love the way you used the prompt, “echo” and the direction that you took it. This is a wonderful poem, thought provoking. This so reminds me of hanging on to something someone has said, and replaying the words over and over again in my mind. I love the terrific word combinations, creating great visuals, “a bullet against walls”, “soldiers in a line”, “scram words of hate”, and “brain cramp” is my favorite. It’s always wonderful to read what you have created. Please enjoy your weekend.

    Warm wishes,

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    1. Thank you Pepperanne, it was such a difficult thing to do: I read it back and couldn’t change anything and thought: “its terrible, it’s unfinished, I need to change this and that…etc” but maybe I should do this more often, it might teach me to control my thoughts a little better.
      Have a great weekend!
      Best wishes – Nathalie

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      1. Natalie, you did great, mine leaves me like, hmm? LOL! I truly appreciate that you took me up on the challenge. To tell you the truth almost everything I write feels unfinished, I could spend my entire life working and reworking the words.

        Take good care,

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