Sandbox Challenge #22: Jump Into My Word Pool

Write something using some (or all) of these words:

fish, jump, friend, love, together,

orange, imagination, eyes, random, water,

pool, bowl, reality, wise, tail, tale, anticipation

Don’t think too hard about this exercise. Don’t take too long. Don’t be too serious. Feel free to write something very silly. Enjoy the feeling of the words rolling through your mind. Play with the phrases that arise. And as always, I love it when you share in the comments!

Here’s mine:

In my imagination, my fish friend and I love to jump together through the water.

In reality, our eyes sometimes randomly meet through the glass of his bowl.

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8 Responses to “Sandbox Challenge #22: Jump Into My Word Pool”


  1. 1 Seasweetie October 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    That was fun – like brain ice cream…here’s mine:

    Our eyes float in a random pool of water, turned orange by our impatient love. In our imagination, we charm each other with a fish tale. But in anticipation of reality, we jump together, arcing towards a wise friend, whose bowl of knowledge holds a different kind of tail.

  2. 3 robinok October 19, 2010 at 4:37 am

    FUN!!!! I’ll play…..

    My friend, Wise Orange Fish, loves to jump out of the bowl and into random reality using the anticipation of together imagination. Outside his pool of water, his tail becomes a tale told through the depths of his earthly eyes.

  3. 5 ECO October 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    What a fun exercise!! 🙂 Thanks for putting the challenge out here.

    My friend had a fish that made the jump from the bowl to the pool in anticipation that the water there would be nicer. In reality, however, that was not the case. The fish’s friend had warned him that love could happen at the most random of times and it was his imagination alone that told him otherwise. But lo, the orange fish had eyes only for the pool and thought that only there would he find the one to be together with forever.

    Water splashed into the sky as he ignored the tale of his wise friend, and flipped his tail out of the water before he finally submerged.

  4. 7 foolswords October 29, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Can I try? Here goes….

    Imagination creeps into my bowl of anticipation, as I see you avert your eyes from me and look into the distant orange on the horizon. Has our friendship nurtured something more…. of love? But deep inside me, I know that we just can’t be together. All this time, we’re just playing random games and chasing each other’s tail without even having the slightest grasp on it. And I know that ‘us’ is just a tale in this harsh hard reality….


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