Words for Wednesday


The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along to read it and add a few encouraging words.

This month the words/prompts are supplied by and ME can be found right here

This week's words/prompts are: 

1. lustrum * (a period of five years)

2. purification 

3. provide 

4. lullaby 

5. manorhouse 

6. salvage 


1. draconian 

2. boreal 

3. eggs 

4. rubbed 

5. pans 

6. smoothed

use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.

* in ancient Rome the quinqiennial purification of the people


  1. It is now five weeks ( but feels like a lustrum, an eternity) since you made the draconian announcement that you wanted a break. I thought you were content. Content in our kitchen, surrounded by pots and pans, baking for me, baking for our guests. I know that you cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs but your decision has shattered my heart. You said that my constant attention and drive for perfection had rubbed you raw, and ‘purification’ was needed. Just a short break you said, a break to give time for both of us to focus, and for our difficulties to be smoothed out.
    I provided you that space in a desperate attempt to salvage our relationship.
    In your absence the business has failed. Which doesn’t matter. My priorities have changed. You have refused to reply to my messages and I sit alone in our manorhouse, with my heart stuck in boreal regions. It doesn’t matter what the season is outside, my heart remains in the frigid, cold and harsh boreal regions. My nightly lullaby is a howl of grief and despair. Come home, I beg of you, please come home…

    1. Elephant's Child; this is SO good! and speaks so well of couples who really do not know each other at all well.

    2. Oh, sad. I so hope for a happy ending despite everything. Well written.

  2. EC, that is sad, and well done. Sometimes such damage cannot be mended.

    My story is going to be over here.

    1. messymimi; I'll be reading your story tomorrow morning.

  3. A stupid lustrum I stayed with that man. I didn´t realize at first he was dumb as he had 8 years of life-experience in advance and provided a seemingly good life for me for a while. He didn´t sing me a lullaby but cheated on me with other women.
    From work I called his "manorhouse" and one of the other women answered. Twice.
    Salvage - for me. He didn´t go boreal but to France, not speaking the language, signing "something" at the army there. I had his stuff packed when he came back as if nothing had happened. Could´ve thrown eggs at him, it was Easter.

    Sadly true story. Long ago.

    1. Iris Flavia: I am glad you escaped.

    2. Urgh, worse for being based on real life. But still well written.

    3. Iris Flavia; I am glad you found out and sent him packing. good story.

    4. It's good you found out, and while it's always nice to know sooner, it's still better than knowing later.

    5. Thank you all. We had nice times, too, I don´t wanna be unfair. But kicking him out felt good ;-) - glad I came out "healthy", HIV was still a big threat back then.

  4. Done: WfW. I do not like describing this part of Susan's life.

    1. Charlotte; I shall come and read it now.

  5. It'll take me ages looking up the meaning of these words in a dictionary.

    God bless.

  6. So many words I don't know but they seems fun. I'm trying to get back into writing but sadly, I'm not doing well but I will try for something soon.

    Thanks for the words.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Lissa; I gave an explanation for one word and the rest can be found in dictionaries.


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