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Cause and Defect

Cause, Meet Effect

You can singlehandedly create a causal relation between two things that are currently unconnected — a word and an emotion, a song and an extreme weather event, wearing a certain color and winning the lottery. What cause would you link to what effect, and why?

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My mind is cluttered and confused
This time of year I’m swamped
So I wish inspiration came
When e’er I read a prompt

I do these daily, mostly
At a speed that is white hot;
Sometimes I am inspired, but
At other times, I’m not

It’s probably the same for you
Dear reader, as for me:
Sometimes I read the daily prompt
And stare quite vacantly

I wish, then, that when prompted
I had something great to say
Maybe, sometimes I do –
And other times
Are like
Today

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