Prompt & Link: “The Return”

9:00 AM Friday morning, May 23rd 2008, on the U.S. West Coast, is quickly approaching — so… here I am with a new Prompt! This week’s, and the thirty-sixth Writer’s Island prompt is: “The Return”.

That phrase paints some powerful and emotional images for me. Does “The Return” take you back in time? Maybe it inspires memories of joy, or sorrow — or anticipations of the future? Share with us what you envision.

This week the long-awaited movie, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
inspires two Matinee Muse prompts — our fifteenth & sixteenth.
The first: “Legend”.
What larger than life, mythical figure or tale does this conjure forth
from the heroic depths of your imagination?
Or perhaps it is a more ominous vision.

The second: “Parallel Universe”.
What fantastical, mysterious tale of wonder, or perhaps foreboding,
does this stir in your soul?
Maybe it sparks a chilling personal experience or memory.

The Matinee Muse prompts are now a regular weekly offering, so please enjoy!
Remember — this, and every week, click the poster to learn about the movie.

Feel free to use any one, or all, of this week’s prompts — or use your own, if you so choose. Whatever moves your soul this week is what we all want to read.

So, create your poem, prose, short story, essay, commentary, or whatever — and post it on your blog. Feel free to include recordings of you reading your work — and any photo, artwork, or graphic representation you feel is relevant.

When you have finished your piece, please return here to this post and place your link to your work as a comment — and as you know, just the link, not the piece.

Please realize there is no need to rush, this post will be open to receive your links for the entire week, leading up to the next prompt.

May your muse, this week and every week, revisit you with inspiration to write your very best — write from your heart! We can’t wait to see what you have for us…



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67 responses to “Prompt & Link: “The Return”

  1. i returned to my country already. mixed emotions of leaving Thailand.

    nice prompt..

  2. winedarksea

    The unpierced veil of mirrored realms

  3. The return to my dream cottage:

    Great prompt, thanks! G

  4. I am responding to The Return.

    Come Home


  5. This is an older piece, but goes well with both “Return” and “Legend”: Mortal Time

  6. Last night I returned from a wonderful week on another island – Samos.So this prompt was made just for me!

  7. winedarksea

    the return


  8. Still a work in progress, but here’s what I have so far (on “the return”): “Lodestar

  9. Try, try again…

    A haiku, with watercolor, Late Storm.


    ‘The return’ fit so well for me with SS’s quitting.
    Happy Memorial day weekend Islanders!

  11. Doesn’t let me leave my link, so I will just leave my wishes for a happy Memorial day weekend all. 🙂

  12. Hello
    I have two earlier poems which would suit the prompts

    1. For the prompt: Legend .. I equate the human soul to the Phoenix in the poem “A Burning Question”

    2. For the prompt: Return I have a poem “Untitled” on ‘Rebirth’ of sorts .

    Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Off topic, but I found this Triolet form intriguing — contrary to my normal dislike for structured poetry.

    The Fool

  14. I combined the parallel universe prompt with Sunday Scribblings’ quitting this week:

    If Only…

    I may be back later with a second piece if my life cooperates.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

  15. rel

    Happy Memorial Day Islander’s,
    A great day to return, remember, and most importantly to give it your best shot….don’t quit!

  16. I am not sure whether this little semi-fiction fits the prompt, “The Return”. I hope you can accept and enjoy it.

    Thank you so much for inspiring me and many more across the globe to write, and giving us this space to share it with the world


  17. Hello Islanders, Some of you know for the past few months I’ve been working on a re-telling of Persephone’s journey to and return from the underworld. I posted a long piece a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve had a really good critique from a writer friend, and have embarked on a major rewrite, loosing the prose, and returning to form. Here are two pieces that replace the play in the original, and I think they speak to all three prompts:


  18. Thanks to everyone who let me know that my comment option for this post wasn’t working. I fixed the glitch and all is well now.

  19. here’s something I wrote a while back but it fits the prompt parallel universe

  20. Hello Islanders!

    I’ve been writing about my collection of

    “Love Stories (Well, Almost)”

    Here’s another part of the collection. My piece and share of forever, my return to memories Behind The Glass Window

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  21. Here is my second response.

    This is for Parallel Universe.

    Whimsical Landscape


  22. Love all the prompts this week. So here is my 3rd response. It answers The Return.

    Return to the Isle of Light


  23. since i am feeling as if i have returned to sqaure one,, i thought i would share todays post over here on the island…

    what say you????

  24. You’ll find a little extra on the prompt in this post:

    Tony On Singing, Labour, City


  25. I’m not convinced this is perfect, but it’s Roadie Poet!

  26. I’m moving back to the USA from Australia next month. I envision the return.

  27. Tried my best on “Parallel Universe”.

    Hope u all like it


  28. so i guess technically this could go for the return or parallel universe, “loosely”. it’s been a while for me.
    a lifetime

  29. Wonderful blog. I’ll be linking my blog, My Writing Life, to yours. Currently, on my blog I’m discussing my ten-point revision strategy for finishing a novel, and I’m sure my readers will find your comments interesting.


    My Writing Life

  30. Skinning under the wire… with one poem for two diverse prompts here

  31. This is based on a 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning photo depicting the famine in Sudan. It is a photo that electrocutes one’s senses and weakens the strongest of hearts. It is indeed a parallel and sad universe we live in: Hunger Through The Lens of The World

  32. Return to days of youth and wonder, long ago…

  33. Been feeling very uninspired lately…but LOVE the “parallel universe” prompt… 🙂

  34. Maybe comments are moderated now? I’ll try once more…if my comment doesn’t appear, I’ll assume that’s the case. Here’s my take on “parallel universe”…

  35. writersisland

    Greeting Islanders 😉

    Nice to see you all here. Some of you, from time to time, post a comment with your link embedded, and it doesn’t show on the blog immediately — even if you’ve posted before… and understandably, it frustrates you.

    One overriding reality about blogging; every post has the potential to get tossed in ‘spam jail’ by a spam filter, especially a filter that is as powerful as Akismet – the one we use on the island.

    This filter is essential to be able to keep the Island open. Akismet catches over 20,000 spam attempts per month for us. The blatant spammers never get through. If they did, the overwhelming task of having to constantly sort and moderate that volume of comments, would make it impossible to operate Writer’s Island — so Akismet needs to stay.

    If you are one of the ‘good guys’ that regrettably gets tossed in ‘spam jail’ here on the Island, or on other blog sites — I encourage you to click on the link in the right sidebar entitled: In ‘Spam Jail’? …and read. The article I wrote, connected to that link, may provide some helpful insight.

    One key thing to consider, is that your computer may have a concealed virus, such as one that allows spammers to distribute spam through your computer — without you ever knowing it is happening. This is not as rare as we all wish it were. If a virus like this, or others concealed, which create disruptive outreach — a good spam filter, such as Akismet, will block posts from a computer with this viral condition. You may want to investigate.

    We love when you visit the Island. If you ever get held by Akismet, please know that I will ‘de-spam’ you, and free you from ‘spam jail’ as quickly as I possibly can. Your patience is appreciated.

    Write on!

    your ever humble moderator

  36. Greetings Islanders,
    My post is about my return to creative writing.
    Looking forward to visiting as many of you as I can.
    Waving at you from the Isle of Manhattan,

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