Write for You: The Sky is Falling

by Nancy Casey

One of the things you can do on a rainy day is marvel at what is happening. Water, an essential substance that we can’t live without, is falling down on us from the sky. Imagine that!

Today in your writing, play around with the idea of things falling from the sky. You can write sentences that take this form:

[….What?Who?…] fell down from the sky [….And did what?…].

You might have a lot more to say about it. Were there consequences? Was there a reason?

Maybe you wish something would fall down from the sky and make some changes in the world or in your life. In that case, begin, “I wish…” and let your imagination open the sky and start dropping things. Describe the changes these things make.

Maybe you are absolutely clear about what you don’t want falling down from the sky and into your reality. Then you could write sentences in this form:

I hope […Who?What?….] doesn’t fall from the sky ….

You will probably want to add some more information to explain why this would not be a good thing.

Another way to write about what falls from the sky is to imagine all the visible and invisible things that could fall and tell what that feels like, or what it makes you think of. The poet Paul Verlaine, for example, wrote, “Tears fall in my heart like rain on the town.” What else can fall from the sky and affect the way you feel? Must rain always be sad? What could fall from the sky and make you laugh? A fly ball falling from the sky and into a baseball glove would likely make an outfielder feel quite satisfied.

Today in your writing, open up the sky to your imagination. You can give all the details of a momentous sky-drop. Or, if you prefer, you can describe many different things that will or could or won’t fall from the sky.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add decoration and color to the page as needed. Here is an example of what a person could write.

Share what you have written! Post it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. She has taught writing classes at the Recovery Center and will return again in the spring of 2018. You can find more of her work here. If you would like her help with a writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

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