Skim – Pallavi

You and I both
are craving to be read
the writer within
itches to say and be heard.
But then again we know
you and I both,
don’t have the time or patience
to examine or explore.
Like a sea surfer
we SKIM and we glide
through creations and files.
Picking a word here
and leaving a line behind.
The juice was in the detail
the making was madness
but It may not reach an audience
or claim many friends.
For, you and I both
only grazed through,
when the piece wanted to be coddled
we callously flew.

Things which get my endorphins pumping – my kids (mom of two), coffee (green tea just doesn’t do), writing (find it a cathartic release), dancing (absolutely, first love it remains), reading (with or without coffee), working out (with my husband as my buddy).

You can read more of my writing at Curating Thoughts


men skim over women
they pass over them lightly
touching on the points
that are important to them
they move quickly
over their surface
making decisions
based simply on
a woman’s looks

skimming effects women
in the workplace
on the street
and everywhere else

women skim men
but for different reasons
women do not have
the same power
over the lives of men
and the consequences
for women skimming men
are not the same

male skimming women
is often used as
a weapon

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: SKIM – Mariko Tamiki/Jillian Tamiki

Throughout the month of September, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a well-regarded book where the main character is a lesbian or a woman exploring her sexual identity. You certainly don’t need to be a lesbian or even a woman to participate, nor does your response piece need to be written from a lesbian perspective.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and/or Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to Christine at

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #SmittenBookChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

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  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #SmittenBookChallenge
  • @christabelle1966

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.