#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community…

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99 words, no more, no less. It’s a simple constraint, an easy-to-master literary art form, and a powerful writing tool for creatives and entrepreneurs. Writers calibrate the usefulness and beauty of 99-words through weekly flash fiction challenges.

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Here in England

We used to have afternoon tea dances

In ballrooms across the country.

Those were the days when a gentleman

Enjoyed dancing with his lady

Holding open the door to let her through first

Pulling her chair out to help her sit

There are so many old-world charms we have lost

Writing love letters, eagerly waiting for the postman

To deliver those words you long to read

Taking pen and paper to reciprocate

A gentleman would also lift his hat when passing a church

I still I cross myself whenever a funeral goes by.

Those golden days…

©AnitaDawes

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