#Writing101: “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”

Prompts come in many different forms. Sometimes, a single word is all you need to get your mind’s wheels turning. Here are six words:


Select one word in this list that speaks to you in some way. Have you always wanted to write about that wrong decision you made? Are you a long-term traveler looking for the right city to settle? Do you want to write a poem about your relationship?

The beauty of the one-word prompt is that it’s open to interpretation. What do you think of when you hear this word? What do you see? This word is simply the seed for your post: feel free to shape your idea as you see fit.

Jack Sparrow: Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

Treasure. To mean it connotes something to desire. to obsess about to search after and sacrifice for. Something to covet. Something to strive for. Is it a coincidence that in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films Jack’s notable McGuffin is a compass that points the way to the heart’s desire of who ever holds it?

But what is treasure? Not the dictionary definition  – what does the word make you feel?  Treasure negates reason. Maddens. Intoxicates. It drives you to extremes.  As in Aguirre, the Wrath of God leading you to your doom, treasure takes you before you take it.

Time for a little bit more soul searching. What do I yearn for that I haven’t got or what is it that I have that I value above else.

Soul searching my ass. The answer is the forefront of my mind. It’s like scar on my face I have to ignore when I look in the mirror. It’s like a motorcyclists knee whose twinge will never let him forget the time he went a little too fast in the wet.

Real romantic true love with a soulmate who loves you as you love them.  (In that respect I’m no different from Will Turner. ) For me money won’t shake me from my path, nor power, nor privilege, not even survival. I would rather die Smiley than live a lie. Been there done that.

Its a trope, a cliche , a trueism . Every other Howard Hawks film had an otherwise indestructible hero laid low because “a woman done him wrong”

One day I will hear “Treasure” calling and will throw everything into the air and say:

“Bring me that horizon”


Love is the only thing, worth the effort associated with treasure. It lifts the lover and the loved. Good love strengthens, Mad love destroys. It’s transformative, life-changing, mind altering, soul-clarifying, world changing.

If I’m honest with myself I want it like a hungry man wants steak. Discipline and life lessons bitterly learnt control my desire but like the alcoholic with the smell of beer the desire will never go away.

Bring me that horizon.