FICTION IN A FLASH #20 #IARTG #ASMG #Writing Community @pursoot

Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke, has presented a photo prompt for which everyone is invited to write a short story, poem, or one-liner. Join the fun and time of creativity.

This week’s photo prompt brought several ideas to mind, but I chose a poem in Tanka form. This is a Japanese style that consists of 31 syllables, divided in 5-7-5-7-7 format.

THE EMPTY SADDLE
 
THE BREAKING OF DAWN
OF YELLOW, GOLD, AND PURPLE
PAINTED BY GOD’S HANDS
SYMBOLIZED NEW BEGINNINGS
AFTER A STORMY, SAD NIGHT.
 
THE EMPTY SADDLE
WHERE SHE ONCE RODE HER HORSE, BABE
WITH ME BY HER SIDE
IS NOW SLOWLY LED HOMEWARD
WITHOUT THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
 
I STAYED BY HER SIDE
I HELD HER COOL AND FRAIL HAND,
I KISSED HER SWEET LIPS
THEN SAID GOODBYE TO MY LOVE
ALWAYS TO LIFE IN MY HEART.
 
WITH EACH NEW SUNRISE
I GAZE UPWARD, SIGH, AND PRAY
FOR STRENGTH AND COURAGE
TO LIVE EACH DAY WITHOUT HER
‘TIL MY SADDLE IS EMPTY.
 

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I enjoyed writing this poem inspired by the beautiful photo prompt. Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE ’ Week #15 NEW Image Prompt. #IARTG #ASMSG @pursoot #WritingCommunity

This week’s photo prompt brought many different emotions and story ideas. I was inspired to write another Tanka poem.

                                             A SHATTERED LIFE
                                              My life before you
                                  Was in shambles and lonely
                                           But now it's healthy
                                Because your love and goodness
                             Give me strength, joy, and courage.

I hope you enjoyed this Tanka poem inspired by the photo prompt. Ms. Burke offers these writing challenges on a regular basis. I encourage you to let your imagination go and write a short story, one-liner, or poem based on each photo prompt. Go to her website at https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/ and explore her amazing books as well as her blogs.

Please leave a comment or question. I look forward to hearing from each of you.

“FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLLENGE” #12

Welcome to today’s blog. Once again I am sharing a short story or a flash fiction based on a photo prompt. Author, Suzanne Burke offers these challenges and everyone is welcome to participate. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

The photo prompt for this week is below. I was inspired by the photo to write my first Tanka poem. This type of Japanese poetry requires 31 syllables written in one flowing sentence. The syllable count form is 5/7/5/7/7.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated. What did you feel as you read the Tanka? When you gaze at the four-sided clock, what thoughts come to you?

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“FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #11”

Welcome to today’s blog. Once again I am sharing a short story or a flash fiction based on a photo prompt. Author, Suzanne Burke offers these challenges and everyone is welcome to participate. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

Based on the photo prompt below, I have written this Haiku poem. I have often thought about the journey each droplet of water takes to create our oceans, lakes, rivers, rain, and waterfalls.

Are we not each like a water droplet, sometimes a single drop that often is joined by others to form a family, community, or nation? Do we not depend on each other and yet act alone? Like water, we might become stormy and angry causing destruction or hurt. Or we are the calming presence for someone in a time of trouble.

Some waterdrops form ice crystals and become sleet or hail. Fog is the condensation of water molecules that hang in the air. Mist is a cluster of tiny droplets suspended in the atmosphere. (Courtesy of National Geographic)

Some people are crusty and hard, often hurting people with words or actions (hail). Foggy people do not reveal their true selves and it is difficult to have a relationship with them. There are those of us who are shy and withdrawn and as the mist, they are difficult to see or communicate with.

A waterfall is one of the most beautiful ways the accumulation of water droplets is displayed. They are powerful whether high or short. When we humans gather together for a common purpose, we are also powerful no matter the size of our group. We are as beautiful as any waterfall when our purpose is one of love.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I welcome your comments and thoughts. And, please check out Suzanne Burke’s website for her award-winning books, blogs, and flash fiction opportunities. https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE #8

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 https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/.

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.

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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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marionette

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 https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/ with your entry. And, I would love to read your comments.