FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE 2021. WEEK #32. #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts @pursoot

It is my pleasure and honor to participate in another flash fiction challenge based on the photo prompt. Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke, has provided these challenges every week. Everyone is invited to write a short story, poem, or a one-liner.

Here is the photo prompt for this week:

And here is my Tanka poem based on the above:

There is a wonderful poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, titled “The Sands of Time.” It is a poem that left a large impact on me when I was in high school. Its influence is obviously still with me.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I welcome your comments.


There are no other words that completely express what I feel each Thanksgiving Day: THANKS & GRATITUDE

                                       T: TIME
                                      H: HEALTH
                                      A: AGE
                                  N: NATURE
                                  K: KIDS
                                  S: SUNRISES
                                 G: GRANDCHILDREN
                                 R: RELATIONSHIPS
                                 A: ART
                                 T: TEACHERS
                                  I: INVENTIONS
                                 T: TRAVEL
                                 U: UNDERSTANDING
                                 D: DESIRE
                                 E: EACH OF YOU

I am thankful for each of you who have supported, followed, and encouraged me. Your friendship crosses over many miles, yet it is no less treasured. I pray that you will be blessed with thanks and gratitude every day, all year long.



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.

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?

I invite you to go to Suzanne Burke’s website at There you will learn about this talented and award-winning author, plus be alerted to any future “Fiction in a Flash Challenges.”