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We Shall Win – Haiku

The following haiku-style poem was written in response to Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #300 Grit&Quit


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Don’t give up don’t quit

Combativeness to the end

Show tenacity


© Susan Zutautas 2002

Give Me Space

Written in response to 2020 April PAD Challenge: Day 2 over at Writers Digest.

The prompt word is Space.


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Don’t stand close to me

Please back up and give me space

Six feet is needed

© Susan Zutautas 2020

Guilty or Innocent – Part 3



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Principal Taylor used his intercom to ask Pete to come to his office right away, however, Pete was in the gym playing basketball with his class and the principal was having a hard time speaking over the noise of the game.

“Let me see if I can get my assistant to go and get Pete.”

“Do you want me to stay or would you prefer to speak with my son alone?”

“I’d prefer you to stay if you don’t mind.”

Miss Ashford, principal Taylor’s assistant spoke with the coach and he called Pete over to go to the office.

Pete was curious to find out what and why the principal wanted to see him and couldn’t for the life of him figure it out as he hadn’t done anything wrong and had nothing to worry about.


To be continued …

If you’d like to read this story from the beginning please click this link.


Linking up to Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s.  The prompt word this week is “Noise”.

Home Photo Challenge – Food

The following is in response to a 2020 Home Photo Challenge over at Josephs.


Anyone that knows me knows that I love to cook. It’s my second passion next to writing. I’m always looking for new ways to make potatoes as my family loves them.

During this pandemic, I’m finding I have lots of time to think about food and how to come up with new recipes. If you’d like to see the recipe please click on the link below the picture.


Spring – #CinquainPoetry

The following cinquain was written in response to Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge.

I chose to write a reverse cinquain.


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Falling …

Soaking the ground

Nourishing the grasses

Vegetation growing quickly


© Susan Zutautas 2020





Meg Takes Charge – Flash Fiction

The following flash fiction was written in response to a challenge over at Carrot Ranch.  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story in which a character takes charge. Who is this character, and what situation calls for their action? It can be playful or serious, fantastical, or realistic. Go where the prompt leads!

March 26 flash fiction


Ian was running a high fever, had a scratchy throat, and had lost his sense of taste.

“Ian, I think you should go to the hospital and get checked out.”

“What good will it do? Honestly, Meg, I’m far better off here with you.”

“Well you have the symptoms of Covid-19 and if you have the virus, I may have it too. I think it would be the responsible thing for you to go. Behind the hospital they have drive-up testing set up, you don’t even have to go in. Now get your coat on, we’re going right now.”

© Susan Zutautas 2020



Droplets – Tanka

The following tanka was inspired by Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS.

Write hat you see.

Not wanting to fall

Holding on with all their might


Annihilation happens

All striving, persevering

© Susan Zutautas 2020



Guilty or Innocent Continued

The following was written for a challenge called #SixSentenceStory over at Denise’s.

The prompt word for this week is “Safety”.



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Jane sat and stared in disbelief at the baggie that principal Taylor was holding up.

“I can’t believe that this is pot let alone pot that belongs to my son, he’s always saying that the kids he hangs around with would never ever smoke weed and if by chance it is his, which I doubt, why on Earth would he have it in his locker.”

“Pete has always been such a good student that obeys all the rules, and that is why I wanted to talk with you first to see if we can get this all sorted out. I am required to report this to the authorities but that can wait for a bit.”

“Have you talked to my son yet to hear what he has to say?”

“No, I haven’t yet as I feel safe to say that I believe there is more to this than we know.”


To be continued …

If you’d like to read this story from the beginning please click this link.

Imaginary Friend

This week over at V.J’s the weekly challenge is IMAGINARY.


When I was a little girl I would go on many long car rides with my parents. One year we were driving to Old Orchard Beach, Maine for our vacation and that’s when I came up with an imaginary friend that I called, my little piece of wind who’d enter the car when I opened the window. 

You’re always willing to listen

to everything I say

It doesn’t really matter

the time of day

You come with me wherever I go

even to places, I do not know

You are my little piece of wind

When I think of you, it makes me grin





Nightfall – #Gogyōka

The following poem was written in response to Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

This week’s prompt, The Night Sky. 

This week I decided to try something new to me, a Gogyōka poem.


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Darkened at the end of the day

Luminous stars light the sky

The moon above shines brightly

North Star will guide your way

Look up to see pure magnificence


© Susan Zutautas 2020