#SOL16: March Challenge 26 – The Dance

The Dance

The approach

One moves forward

One waits patiently

Another passes

And then another.

No rush.

Patience is a virtue,

Always checking!

To the left

And behind

With a rhythm

Of a well-practiced dance.

No rush.

Many colors,

Many sizes,

Many shapes and

From many locations.

A continuous dance.

No rush.

Everyone moves to the left and slows a wee bit

Upon sighting the flashing colorful lights on the right.

Poor red Ford 150 from Tennessee,

Today speed brought you to a stop.

Your dance was out of sync and you were caught.

No rush.

At what point were you 100% certain that you understood the events?

What “helped you”understand?

How do you make certain that your students “Do the work”?


Process/ Goals:

I drive a lot for work and 8-9 hours to visit the kids.  Many drivers and fellow travelers are kind, considerate folks.  However, not all.  I couldn’t resist the chuckle when this obnoxious driver met his fate.  It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. My guess was that he was driving at least 20 miles over the posted speed limit as I was passed like I was standing still.  I began with the process/goals and then backed up to the top and just typed.  Once I found the repeating line, this post wrote itself. My goal was to never explicitly say  “A red Ford 150 was pulled over by the highway patrol for speeeding.” or “Everyone was passing poor-slow-driving me!” I deliberately wanted my readers to use prior knowledge and inferences to make accurate predictions about the situation.

How did you do?


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14 responses

  1. This style of writing brings up how we can all interpret writing differently. What a great surprise to realize it was about driving. I didn’t pick up on it.

    1. Thanks! My goal was to make you work for it which is also why there was no picture!

  2. Even when driving, you are noticing and composing…living the writer’s life.

    1. Tara,
      Always in the month of March – trying to make it a better habit – all year long!

  3. What a fun slice. I loved the dance analogy. Such a nice way of describing driving.

    1. Thanks, Erin. I never did see that truck again and I was on the same road for another 100 miles. I do hope he got where he needed to be safely. I just did not want my safety compromised! 🙂

  4. I didn’t know what it was until the end. In the beginning, I wondered if it was you and your grandson meeting again. There is a dance of being reacquainted with a young child who has not seen you in a while. But then the many colors and shapes tossed that theory out. Love the glee you had when the Ford got his comeuppance! I’ve been there and felt that too.

    1. OOOH! Thanks for sharing your thinking! The “process/goals” piece felt a bit like Paul Harvey “And now for the rest of the story…” ❤

  5. I know it is unkind of me, but I tend to smile when I see an obnoxious driver getting his due. I enjoyed having to “work” this piece.

    1. Bob,
      I have to admit to a big “YES” when I saw the truck pulled over! The driver was so very rude! Thanks for thinking with me! 🙂

  6. Allison Jackson | Reply

    Well-done, Fran! I am impressed how much you are pushing yourself as a writer. And believe me, it’s paying off! Keep it up!

    1. Thanks, Allison!
      It does take work! ❤

  7. Such a fun post! Everything clicked for me when I got to the the red Ford. Thanks for sharing your process too. I’m sure you weren’t sorry everyone was passing you.

    1. Amy, I’m not the slowest driver on the road. But I only go single digits above the limit and on this day, I was TOTALLY left in the dust!

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