Category Archives: Stories and Poems

#Haikai Challenge #113 (11/16/19): fallen leaves (ochiba) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #113 (11/16/19): fallen leaves (ochiba) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #rengahttps://frankjtassone.com/2019/11/16/haikai-challenge-113-11-16-19-fallen-leaves-ochiba-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Rules:

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to fallen leaves (ochiba)?

Maple Leaf, Autumn, Dewdrop, Raindrop

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Sleeping Sentinels

by Teresa Smeigh 2019

sleeping sentinels

leaves are strewn about

winter is coming

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Weekend Writing Prompt #132 – Draconian – by Sammi Cox


Weekend Writing Prompt #132 – Draconian – by Sammi Cox

Sammi Cox’s Rules:

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem/prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem/prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

*continuation from last weekend and at least 5 months worth

 (Last Weekend I wrote) 

“I can’t wait to take this DNA test and confirm this ineffable woman is lying and get her off of my back.”

“I told you that it is your baby, and you can’t get rid of me that easy,” Linda replied to Ron.

Linda reaches for the needle and jabs it into her abdomen, jabbing at it over and over.

“Are you crazy, woman?” And they rush her off immediately.

********This week!********

Ron regretted his draconian ways of dealing with Linda and her baby, especially if it was his. He felt responsible for the death of the fetus. While he sat there beating himself up, they were working on Linda.

They were searching for a heartbeat. Silence. Ron was crying, and Linda was shouting and cursing, and they finally knocked her out so they could work on her. With her quiet, they could hook her up for an ultrasound.

“There is no heartbeat,” Ron said haltingly. “He or she is dead.”

“Actually, sir, she wasn’t pregnant. There’s no fetus here.”

“I knew she was lying.”

***********103 words**************

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

#Haikai Challenge #112 (11/10/19): Veterans Day/Beaver Moon #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #112 (11/10/19): Veterans Day/Beaver Moon #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Rules:

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to Veterans Day, Beaver Moon, or both!

Flag, Memorial, Honor, American

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In Honor of Those That Served

by Teresa Smeigh 2019

November 11th

veteran’s day commences

end of World War 1

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

Weekend Writing Prompt #130 – Ineffable – by Sammi Cox


Weekend Writing Prompt #130 – Ineffable – by Sammi Cox

Sammi Cox’s Rules:

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem/prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem/prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

*continuation from last weekend and at least 5 months worth

 (Last Weekend I wrote) 

“Well, Linda, it is time to do the DNA testing. The test is a blood test of the fetus, and you can’t replace anything as you could with a urine test. I will be tested too, of course,” Ron said.

“I don’t want to do this,” Linda said.

“You have to, that was the ultimatum as to whether we stay together or I move back with my wife.”

“You aren’t moving back with her. I told you it is your baby.”

“If there is a baby.”

“There is one!”

********This week!********

“I can’t wait to take this DNA test and confirm this ineffable woman is lying and get her off of my back.”

“I told you that it is your baby, and you can’t get rid of me that easy,” Linda replied to Ron.

Linda reaches for the needle and jabs it into her abdomen, jabbing at it over and over.

“Are you crazy, woman?” And they rush her off immediately.

***********70 words**************

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

#Haikai Challenge #111 (11/2/19): withering wind (kogarashi) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #111 (11/2/19): withering wind (kogarashi) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Rules:

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states or alludes to withering wind (kogarashi).

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Bench, Fall, Park, Rest, Sit, Autumn

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Celebrations of the Dead

by Teresa Smeigh 2019

daylight savings ends

celebrations of the dead

leaves are falling now

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

#Haikai Challenge #110 (10/26/19): Halloween/Samhain #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #110 (10/26/19): Halloween/Samhain #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Rules:

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to either Halloween, Samhain or both!

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Pumpkin, Halloween, Face, Autumn

Image on Pixabay

Halloween Jack O’Lantern

by Teresa Smeigh 2019

Celtic origins

costumes and pumpkin carving

scary rituals

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

#Haikai Challenge #109 (10/20/19): scarecrow (kakashi) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


#Haikai Challenge #109 (10/20/19): scarecrow (kakashi) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Rules:

Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the scarecrow (kakashi).

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Scarecrow, Nature, Garden, Flowers

Image on Pixabay

Scarecrow’s Protection

by Teresa Smeigh 2019

the scarecrow protects

preventing the ravaging

protecting the crops

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.