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A Peaceful Swim – Haiku

This haiku is written for MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #281

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– Google Images

 

Barely a ripple

Displays stunning reflection

Sheer tranquility 

 

Intently aware

Has remarkable focus 

Meticulous sight

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

 

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What Does Resilience Mean to You?

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #64: resilience

There is a catch to this week’s challenge: I don’t want you to use the word itself, but to illustrate what resilience means to you.

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Image by jhfl from Pixabay 

 

The Old Post Office

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Tama66 at Pixabay.com

This once busy post office now stood deserted and the building was for sale. I recall when mother worked here, said it was her favorite job other than taking care of dad and me. Truth be known it was her only job but that job put a roof over our heads and food on the table. Dad, was a good provider until he took sick and mother had to be the breadwinner.

I stood back and pondered the idea of buying the place and opening up a book store. If it were mine I would keep the structure the same and keep as much of the interior as possible. A little elbow grease, some sanding, and painting would spruce the place up immensely.  The floors were solid oak and could easily be refinished. The pigeon holes where the mail once went would be perfect to hold books. The windows were old and part of the history of the building so they would stay.

That was it, I was sold on the place and would head to the bank first thing Monday morning to arrange for a business loan.

 

This was written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #32.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gift of Life

It’s storytime once again over at Carrot Ranch.

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the greatest gift. Answer it as if it were a question, or show what it could be. Go where the prompt leads you!

 

Sept 12 Flash Fiction

The gift of life

Was given to me

Not once, not twice, but three times

Cancer can be a killer

I’ve escaped it

I am forever grateful

I’ve fought hard over the years

To survive and the fighting paid off

I will never give in to this horrible disease

That takes far too many lives every day

Remission does not mean it won’t come back

If it does, I will do battle again

Miracles happen

I’m proof of that

Live each day as if it were your last

Whether you’re battling or not

Life is truly the greatest gift

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

Wordless Wednesday Wheels

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This Woman Has True Grit

Let me tell you about a good friend of mine.  When she has something, she wants to do she goes out there and does it. Being achievement-oriented with long term goals she’s full of confidence and creativity. No matter what the situation is, good or bad, Charli will fight for what she believes in for herself and others.  This gal has moxie and has true grit.

 

What’s true grit to you

Someone fighting with their might

For you and for me

 

Courageous as hell

Never giving up or in

Supportive to all

 

Confident

Harmonious

Accepting

Reliable

Loving

Idealistic

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for a challenge over at Carrot Ranch. In 99 words, no more, no less write about “true grit”.

 

 

What I’ve Been Up To

So sorry for my absence of late. As some of you know I’ve been taking care of my mother-in-law since April when she had a total knee replacement. She was doing great. We were walking long distances and she was improving day by day. A week ago she had a bad fall and broke her hip. The right hip, the same side as her knee operation. She’s been in the hospital since falling. She’s had surgery on the hip and hopefully will recover quickly. I’ve been spending a lot of time with her at the hospital and today she is being released. YEAH!

Hoping that I’ll be able to get back to writing and blogging soon as I miss it and all of you and your writing.

Take care and hope to see you soon.    __________________________________

Susan

 

 

 

It’s All in the Clicks – Flash Fiction

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“I know how to do this, just be quiet”, Mary said to Pete as she listened intently with her stethoscope up against the safe’s dial.

Stopping briefly, Mary said to Pete, “It should only take a few more tries to break this baby.

Frightened as a rabbit Pete replied, “I sure hope so, we’ve been here almost an hour. I need to see my fathers will”.

Hearing the clicks, carefully turning the dial clockwise and counterclockwise, then back again, she knew she had it.

“Voila, Pete. I’ve never met a safe that I couldn’t crack. Dad would be proud”.

 

This was written for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. 

99 Words.

 

 

Night Sky

IWH Haiku challenge #34

All I saw were stars

Astronomically challenged

Someone help me out

 

The vast universe

So many constellations

Are ours to explore

 

Wonderous night sky

Truly beautiful to see

During a clear night

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This was written for I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Howls – Haiku

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Image by Hans Benn from Pixabay 

 

Wolves howl to others

Warning, communicating

Moon makes no difference

 

Bloodhounds, beagles, howl

The same way that the wolves do

For different reasons

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This 2 stanza haiku was written for this week’s Six Sentence Story. The prompt word this week is “Howl”.