#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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September 26: Flash Fiction Challenge

Prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about someone unremembered. Is it a momentary lapse or a loss in time? Play with the tone — make it funny, moving, or eerie. Go where the prompt leads you!

 

I cannot think of anyone forgotten to me

I am sure if I walk around my local graveyard

There would be so many forgotten souls

With no living relatives to lay flowers

I will lay a flower on a few bare graves

as I pass through to show they’re remembered

I asked a Jewish neighbour years ago

Why no flowers on their graves?

They don’t like to kill anything

They leave a stone to say someone has visited

I thought I might like to do that

Find a bare headstone, take a small pebble

Place it there with love…

©anitadawes

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge…

RE-POST – Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 146 #SynonymsOnly

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This week the words Colleen chose, are :  FALL  and GIVE

and Anita has written a lovely double etheree…

 

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I

Slip by

Shadows, dream

I slide, stumble

I cannot afford

To end this dream, death waits

I need someone to assist

To make sure that I am woken

Before I tumble into black wings

I hear no alarm bell, no voice calling

My name is silent, no one to wake me

I feel the soft velvet touch of death

Inky darkness carries my mind

Would someone bestow some light

Provide me a way out

Call back my foolish

thought of leaving

I want to

keep my

Life.

©anitadawes

#Wordle 422 #Poetry

 

 

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I watched as my seven-year-old daughter carefully pressed

the dirt around the small plant her grandfather had given her

She spent hours choosing the right spot in our back garden

Job done, she sat, turning something over in her hands

Calling her for a glass of orange, I asked what she had found

She opened her hand and there lay a tiny bone

That looked like a child’s finger

I remembered the stories my grandmother had told

My father said they were nothing but lies

No more than the evil imaginings of an evil old woman

I cannot deny my grandmother often went into a daze

I had no desire to collude against the truth

To find the stories were more than smoke and mirrors

That a child had been buried where my daughter had been digging.

It would take a fair bit of grift to saw my way through the roots

Of the large oak tree that stood where my daughter had knelt

My husband agreed to help, rather than look foolish

Taking the bone to the police station

It turned out the bones we found belonged to my family

Which made me wonder about the other stories’ gran told

Turns out she wasn’t as daft as they would have me believe.

If she were here now, she would say she held the trump card

I told you that one day the bones would return…

©anitadawes

99 Word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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September 19: Flash Fiction Challenge

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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Time between sleep when dreaming

A spyglass into another life

On waking, may not belong to you

An uninvited interlude

With pictures, sound and music

A hidden message maybe

Inviting you to explore a mystery

You may have forgotten

The short film that meant more to you

Than the main attraction

That had you thinking, talking about

Reminding you of those in-between moments

When walking on a beach

Your bare feet kissed by the sea

That quiet moment when out walking

When the wind drops

The silence becomes the in between

You hear the echo of your own footsteps.

©anitadawes

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#Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge…

 

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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 144 #SynonymsOnly

Here are the two words for this week:

“Enchant & Fly”

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! 

I

Pilot

My own dreams

Nightmares come too

They won’t be held back

My mind captivated

By the charms in this strange world

The people I greet I may meet

I feel my heart flutter try to wake

Back here in my own world they are waiting

I circle, I climb, drifting over strange worlds

Shadowed nightmares follow close behind

My heart now beats a kettle drum

I run, try to reach safety

What part of this nightmare?

Do I bring back home?

This spinning thread

Of silver

Broken

dreams

©AnitaDawes

99 word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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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.

Carrot Ranch is a dynamic online literary community for those practicing craft, reading stories and discussing process. Charli Mills is the lead buckaroo who hosts challenges, guest blogs, and an annual multi-contest called the Flash Fiction Rodeo.

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September 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that shows true grit. You can use the phrase or embody the theme. Who or what has true grit? Go where the prompt leads you!

 

True Grit (or Determination)

Over the years I have noticed

How many members of my family

Grit their teeth when trying hard

To achieve their goal

I tend to do this when getting angry

My teeth grit, my jaws clench

Muscles moving, trying not to let out words

I could not take back

I have seen a young woman

Eyes bulging, teeth gritted

Trying desperately to move her car out of harm’s way

A lot of teeth are getting worn down by determination

I did wonder why no one offered to help

Maybe they worried about their teeth

Do you do the same?

©Anita Dawes

#BlogBattle: Shield

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#BlogBattle is a weekly short story/flash fiction challenge using a single word for inspiration.

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One small boy, a busy road

His father runs,

throwing himself in front of his son

This is the great shield

Greater than Knights of old,

or Templars bold.

There are many ways

to shield that which is precious

Can there be one greater

Than to lay down your life for another?

I think not…

©Anita Dawes

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Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community… #Poetry

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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.

August 29, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about the safebreaker’s daughter. Who is she, what did she do, and where? Go where the prompt leads you!

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Could it be called a skill

Getting into places

That are locked against you

Something Annie learned at her father’s knee

Now it’s time to branch out on her own

Will nerves get the better of her

She’s hoping to perfect all she has learned

There’s one big job she looks forward to

Snatching the crown jewels

from under the queen’s nose.

She has studied every part of the great tower

The yeoman, the black ravens

that guard this wonderful tower in London.

A man once sat on the queen’s bed while she slept

How hard can it be?

©Anita Dawes

 

#Writephoto ~ Frozen #Poetry

Thursday photo prompt: Frozen #writephoto

 

This week, Sue’s word is Frozen and the stunning image shows a pink and frosty dawn and a path of cracked ice leading towards the horizon…

 

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Evening sun dips

Hiding behind this frozen land

Bathing the ancient fjord

In the pink and purple hues of twilight

This narrow strip of ice, melting its way to the sea

Across the burnt-out bones of a long-forgotten woodland

the echoes of yesterday may still be heard

beside the cracking ice, this frozen pathway beckons.

what if I follow, lose myself to the melt waters?

would my soul return with the next snowfall?

©Anita Dawes

#Jaye’s Journal ~ Week 35

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In this hot weather, some shop keepers put out bowls of water for any passing dog that might be passing, and this kindness always makes me smile. So imagine my surprise when I was offered a drink of water while browsing the bookshelves at my local charity shop. It was very welcome too!

The woman in charge had one of those containers with a tap and a supply of paper cups. Such a thoughtful gesture in this unbearably hot weather.

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It is noticeably cooler today, so I might be able to think better, something I found impossible yesterday. Finishing PayBack, my WIP was hard enough, but coming up with a rivetting blurb has proved to be beyond my capabilities this week. I have written dozens of them, only to throw most of them into the bin.

I thought about running a poll or whatever you call it, to see what our readers thought, but having not done one of these before, I decided to print the top runners on this post.

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Blurb Version One:

A CITY ON EDGE. A DETECTIVE ON SHAKY GROUND

A serial killer roams the streets of Brighton. When the case lands on Detective David Mallory’s desk, his own personal demon may prevent him from bringing this vicious monster to justice.

As the body count rises, Mallory finds himself sinking under the weight of a heavy secret – one that could jeopardise his job and his reputation.

AN ENGLISH TEACHER WHO CANNOT CATCH A BREAK

Will Taylor’s life is falling apart. Suspected of the sadistic murder of his beautiful wife, he is fired from his post at the University. With so many circumstances stacked against him, how can he prove his innocence?

BOTH MEN HIDE TERRIBLE SECRETS

When their complicated lives become entangled, will David Mallory summon the strength and courage to stop the killer?

And can Will Taylor prove his innocence, reconcile the past and make a new life for himself?

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Blurb Version Two:

As a sadistic murderer preys on the women of Brighton, Detective David Mallory hovers on the edge of the life he wants but haunting childhood memories prevent him from moving forward. Until he can reconcile his past and come to terms with who he is truly meant to be, his fight for justice for the slain women will prove more and more difficult.

With an entire city counting on him to stop this madman, can he summon the strength and courage to stop the killer in his tracks and live in his truth?

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Blurb Version Three:

A city on edge. A detective on shaky ground.

A serial killer roams the streets of Brighton, hunting for his next victim.

When the case lands on Detective David Mallory’s desk, his personal demon may prevent him from bringing this vicious monster to justice.

As the body count rises, Mallory finds himself sinking under the weight of a heavy secret – one that could jeopardize his job and his reputation.

With the pressure building, can the troubled detective reconcile his issues and solve the case before more women die?

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So, what do you think of these blurbs?

Please give me your honest opinion.

Tell me what you think, as my brain has given up and I cannot hope to start launching PayBack without a decent description!