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The Daily Prompt – January 22 – The Redo


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

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The Prompt:

Think about a time where you really messed up. Re-write the situation the way it should have played out.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

11 comments on “The Daily Prompt – January 22 – The Redo

  1. Haley hanks
    January 27, 2014

    I was at prom I should have been home at 12 but we had to drop someone off at home. She said she lived down the street but she ended up living 1 hour away. Another hour passes and it’s 2 in the morning. My mom was upset but we were thankful my dad fell asleep at 11:30 so he didn’t realize what time I got home. My mom was disappointed but happy I had a good time at prom with all my friends. What ended up being a bad situation turned into something alright.

  2. Cassidy Ryder
    January 28, 2014

    One of the times that i really screwed up was in my middle school career… like ALL of my middle school career. I made the most horrible choices (some that i can not say online), I made terrible choices with friends all because I wanted to be cool. Those friends used me for my money and my rides. Also, I was seriously boy crazy, like I am so upset with myself because I feel so stupid for that. I failed almost ALL of my classes because “everyone was doing that”, so I had to be put in reading classes, math help, all that jazz. I hated it, all of it. It was such an awkward time and I should have paid more attention in class, did my homework every night, and most importantly follow no one, just be my own leader. I sort of learned this in 8th grade, but did not actually follow through til I was in 10th grade… I cant believe i wasted 8 years doing nothing, wasting time, hanging out with “friends” and following a path that was meant for no one. When I have children, I’m going to raise them so they can be able to learn more than I did, pay more attention… just not waste time, because those were precious years, all in the trash now.

  3. Vinny Lam
    January 28, 2014

    This what was suppose to happen: One day I saw a fight go down and this guy was getting whaled on by these 2 other guys. I stepped in as the crowd watches. I pull them off of him. And one guy swings a knife at me and misses. The guy on the ground gets up and helps me and we get away safely.

    This is what really happened: One day I saw a fight go down and this guy was getting whaled on by these 2 other guys. I rushed in to help. I pull them off of him and one guy swings a knife at me and cuts my side. I felt it but I hit a rush where I didn’t feel the rest of the pain. The guy on the ground gets up and runs away leaving me behind to get jumped.

  4. Miriam Martin
    January 28, 2014

    The time when i really screwed up was in 6th grade when i started to hangout with the wrong people. I started 6th grade at Whitford Middle School and then i moved to Reynolds Middle School. It was hard for me because i moved to a different school every year in middle school and it was just too much for me. I had to make new friends everytime i had to move. So i started my second semester at Reynolds, and i didnt know anyone. I started to hangout with the wrong people and i only realized who they really were when they got me in trouble.

    • Miriam Martin
      January 28, 2014

      What i should have done, is wait a little and look at home some people act and look and then decide if i would want to be friends with them. Instead of just jumping out and start being friends with someone i dont know.

  5. Brian Reyes
    January 28, 2014

    One time i really messed up was playing Call of duty, there is a killstreak where if you get 25 kills in a row you get something called a nuke. A nuke kills everybody in the game and ends the game. I was one kill away from getting the killstreak but my dumb self decides to go in the middle of the battlefield thus getting killed by a noob who was staying in a corner the whole game and had a thermal scope on a sniper. I ended up screaming and yelling and such.
    What should really happen was getting that last kill and that Call of duty should take away the thermal option for snipers.

  6. Damaris Leyva
    January 28, 2014

    The one day I really messed up was when me, and my family were in California and we went to the San Diego zoo. I was with my mom, uncle, aunt, other uncle, 8 cousins and of course my 2 sisters. We were looking at the gorillas and then my mom and aunt wanted to go get something to drink so we left the gorillas and I tryed getting my sister to come but she wouldnt listen. So I got mad and left her, 15 minutes later were drinking jucie by the giraffes and my mom was like were is your little sister and I was like crap! “I left her by the gorillas cause she wouldnt listen to me”. My mom was so upset with me and we went looking for my sister and she was crying and this lady had her in her arms. I felt so bad for leaving her but at the same time its not my fault she didnt listen to me. At the same time I guess what I did was wrong as well.

  7. sage corpin
    January 28, 2014

    It was 2:00 AM, me my brother and my firend were out side. We just snuck out and were going to smoke a blunt. we got to the hiding place and lit it up. Puff puff pass puff puff pass, it finally got to me my first time ever to see a blunt or weed for that matter. I took a couple drags and by the fourth one it was over. I knew that what i did could not be undone, i felt a shiver go down my spine as we walked to my door. I felt as if my mom some how knew i was gone. We creeply walked into the house trying to be as quit as mice. But no as my luck would have it my mom was standing right at the door waiting for me to come in. i stood there she knew, she knew that i messed up my. she looked at me with disapointment. My brother standing there confident and not scared he walked up stairs and did not even get caught. But me poor me was left alone as my mom just stared me down waiting for me to tell her what i had done. I snaped i confesed i tolled her every thing. She didn’t flip out but insted she did somthing worse she tolled me that she was diapointed and started to cry. Now how that should have gone down was i walked into the house my mom asleep and every thing went on as normal. Thats what should of happend!

  8. Kristen Pulliam
    January 28, 2014

    I messed up my relationship with my dad. I just left. I should have told him, I should have explained my side of the story to him. I should have made him listen to me. It would have been better. We would be talking right now… We got upset at each other and I left with my mom. I called him but he didnt listen. I should have stayed at least long enough to talk about it and if that didnt work then maybe leave but I didnt, I just left and thats why we dont talk, and thats why I dont do many of the things I probably should.

  9. colbey
    January 28, 2014

    In the past i have messed up a lot. Don’t we all. I grew up in kind of a bad home, where a child shouldn’t have been in. Ever. I started bad habbits for myself, I wish with all my heart that no matter how hard thing got i would never have done such i thing. I look in the mirror and i’m honestly shocked i made it through that particular time. Too bad “Back to the Future” isn’t true. (;

  10. Irais
    May 20, 2017

    It is official, I have been bitten by the Crossfit Bug, though I refuse to admit this to Brandon. I am rellitveay proud to say that I have not let laziness over take me on vacation and actually did this work out. I managed 6 rounds + 5 Burpees (actually doing real push ups and not girly ones) in the sticky sand despite the confused looks and stares I received from on lookers on the beach

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