Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke offers another opportunity for fun and creativity. Everyone is welcome to enter this challenge. For details go to her website

I love all cats no matter their size or breed. The majestic lion is certainly at the top of my list. When 13-year-old, Cecil, was killed in 2015 on a hunting expedition, I was deeply saddened. Most lions in the wild live to an average of 15-years and those in captivity to as much as 30-years.

This photo prompt inspired me to write the following Haiku poem.

Please let your creative juices flow, have fun, and enter this week’s challenge. Go to and support Suzanne Burke at Twitter @pursoot.

Thank you for visiting my website today. I look forward to your comments.

“Fiction in A Flash Challenge!”

Welcome to today’s blog which is about a flash-fiction challenge. Author Suzanne Burke’s “Week #5. Image Prompt” is now available. Join in, have fun, and let loose your creative muse. #FictionInAFlash @pursoot Here is this week’s photo prompt.

According to Wikipedia, marionettes were first used in 2000 BC in Egypt, perhaps before using actors. In French, marionette means “little Mary” and during the Middle Ages, Biblical stories were often reenacted. Most of the time the Virgin Mary was in these performances.

I received a Howdy-Doody marionette from my grandparents one Christmas when I was seven-years-old. I tried to manipulate the strings, which turned out to be very challenging. However, I did not lose my enthusiasm for marionette and puppet shows.

For this challenge, I have written my first Haiku poem, which is a short form of Japanese poetry. It consists of three lines, with seventeen syllables divided into 5/7/5 syllables. I hope you enjoy it.

Please contact Suzanne Burke at with your entry. And, I would love to read your comments.