sailing ship

Humans have fabulous imaginations. Anything we don’t understand, we will create an explanation for. No matter how unlikely our explanation is, it will relieve our anxiety.

The ships of the early navigators, with masts and sails and other requisites for directing their motion or influencing their speed, would be objects of astonishment to the inhabitants of the countries they visited, causing them to be received with the utmost respect and veneration. The ship was taken for a living animal, and hence originated, some say, the fables of winged dragons, griffons, flying citadels, and men transformed into birds and fishes. The winged Pegasus was nothing but a ship with sails and hence was said to be the offspring of Neptune. -John Vinycomb, Fictitious And Symbolic Creatures In Art – With Special Reference To Their Use In British Heraldry

Writing Prompt: Create a scene where a character must create an explanation for something they do not understand. Exercise your description skills.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you, as a child, made up a magical explanation for something you didn’t understand.

Art Prompt: Pegasus

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of naming ships.

Photo Credit: pareeerica on Flickr

4 Responses to Prompt #121 Imagination

  1. Paree says:

    Thank you for including my image, great blog 🙂

    • Liz says:

      I hope people will click through and look at your full size image. I love the face on the front of the boat. That really makes the quotation I found come alive.

  2. Claire says:

    What joy the imagination.
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    • Liz says:

      When I was a kid, I found Richard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels on my grandmother’s book shelf. I spent days imagining all the wonders he talked about within those pages. I think that’s really where my love of reading started (even though I give a speech crediting Gone with the Wind).

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