And now for today’s prompt! The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. However you proceed, I hope you will feel fortunate in the results.

The only time I’ve had a fortune cookie was at a Chinese-themed day we organised for the pupils at my school a few months before I retired. The message said ‘you are almost there’ and was just right for me! I could feel myself eager to reach the finishing post and see what lay beyond. But then I thought of a photo I’d once taken on Norwegian Airlines which is all about enjoying that moment between two states.



Enjoy your time here
you are almost there
suspended over clouds
you follow the sun
to your destination
and the places beyond
you do not yet know.
Enjoy your time here
you are almost there.