9:10 a.m. — San Antonio
listening to Abba sing Waterloo
Hello, everyone. Enjoying the Fall or Spring weather? Good. Keep doing so. South Texas isn’t there yet, although the mornings are cooler and stay that way longer, before we climb into the high 80s, low 90s. (she wept into her morning coffee, thinking of autumn in Atlanta…)
Although this isn’t one of my word prompts, I became curious, just now, as to the etymology of influence. Given what I was planning to write, I was fascinated by what I found. Originally Latin for inflow, it quickly became associated with the influence of the stars on human destiny, the flowing of their ethereal fluid, as it were. The sense of an indirect or imperceptible action that causes change, came later.
Okay, the idea. Think of, jot down, people, or things, that caused you to do something you might otherwise not have done. Or, to not do something you might have done. Is there one that caused a chain of events? My mother joined the CIA and moved to Hong Kong, to get away from the influence of her strong-willed mother. That put her out there shortly before my dad’s company sent him out on a tour. (sidebar — this always amuses me, especially as they both went to college in the same city, but met in HK).
Straightforward. I don’t think you’ll need my influence (snicker) as to a direction to take the poem, but you can write about the influence itself, or the results of the influence, or take a tangent from your thinking, should your brain lead you that way.
I look forward to reading the poems — last week’s were a lot of fun, by the way — and will see you Thursday for links (feel free to send me any you come across) and next Tuesday for another prompt.
Happy writing, all.