In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it. My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations. It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!
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By Alex Seise
The vastitude of the fields always surprised him. Down in the big city of Boston, he remembered them as being so little and insignificant. After all, the true giants were the pillars of steel and glass that stretched high into the clouds. Now those, he reasoned, those architectural behemoths were vast and exquisite. But the second he returned north, he was taken aback; great, too, were the potato and canola fields of Aroostook County. A different type of enormity, to be sure, one created by nature and merely tended by man. They stretched as far as the eye could see, pocked muck that would one day sport thousands of leafy green stalks and searing yellow blossoms in the summer. But not now; in the early spring, they were just tremendous, wet, jagged flats that inspired little hope. Every year, it was always the same; his sense of scale tipped wildly and he found himself second guessing his choices in life.