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Storytelling under an inspiration tree

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Writing prompt: You’ve got a magic tree: what does it grow?

Two small boys and their tree house building project made it to the news. When the floor and a part of the first wall were almost in place, one of them hammered in a nail. “For guests to hang up their clothes,” he explained.

I think that’s a wonderful example of how magic a tree truly can be. All children should have the opportunity to climb trees and build tree houses.

Another magic example is to hang a hammock between two trees and then spend a lazy day in the slowly swinging hammock, reading a book.

If you actually had a magic tree where anything could grow, you would need to be specific about your wishes. You couldn’t just order a car. You would need to specify, otherwise you might end up with a small toy car. What if we all had our own magic tree and we all wanted money so we didn’t have to work but only have fun? But the people who used to create the fun or work in the coffee bars or transport us to fun places had also stopped working? Boring. Conclusion: Although magic trees might come in handy, there’s a lot of fuss with them.

Even if we wished for answers to all the questions in the world, we wouldn’t be able to comprehend them on a more mature level than our current level of understanding. We wouldn’t necessarily be able to ask the questions that would make us wiser, or to create original and visionary ideas. So those who bombard us with banalities presented as deep insight wouldn’t automatically become wiser.

Writers couldn’t just ask for a story. They would, again, need to be specific about their wishes. If they asked for poetic inspiration, they might be shown the magic going on in the trees: the wind that makes the trees sway and the leaves shiver, a small head – maybe a squirrel – peeping curiously out of a hole in the trunk, or a busy bird couple building a nest.

I would like an inspiration tree placed in the middle of the town. Here people could meet and pick inspirational notes from the tree and tell stories. I’m a sucker for good stories. Storytelling around a campfire is an underestimated art form.


Two global writing events take place every year in March:

World Storytelling Day (March 20) is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It’s celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the Southern.

World Poetry Day (March 21) is an UNESCO event.


Written by Solveig Hansen

March 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

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