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Remembrance Day – Haiku

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Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay 

Remembrance Day

Honoring the brave people

Serving our country

 

Eleven o’clock

On November eleventh

Silence, two minutes

 

Courageously fought

Those who died for us

Did not die in vain at all

 

Sacrificing all

For our wellbeing

Always remembered

 

The ones that returned

And ones that died are heroes

We thank all of you

 

We wear the poppy

Commemorating soldiers

Each and every year

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

Smoke and Water Haiku

This haiku is for a weekly challenge over at Ronovan Writes.

Word prompt: Smoke&Water

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Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

 

Smell of smoke lingered

Odorous for many weeks

Water depleted

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale

This is what’s happening over at Carrot Ranch.

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Tall tales are the stuff of dime-store novels and pulp fiction.

What is a tall tale? One that openly exaggerates and magnifies the truth to the point of being unbelievable. The story itself is hyperbole. But we want to believe it because it’s humorous, melodramatic, or sensational.

This contest asks you to give a tall tale a modern bent. Don’t rely on the stories of Pecos Bill or 19th-century dime-store westerns. Go past the early sci-fi and detective stories of pulp fiction. Write a tall tale that is recognizable set in the present time.

Have fun, exaggerating!

CRITERIA:

  1. Write a tall tale and exaggerate something that happens to someone somewhere.
  2. It can be fiction or fictionized BOTS (based on a true story) but must be exaggerated to the point it couldn’t possibly be true. It’s okay — tell a whopper of a lie as a story!
  3. It can be humorous, sensational, or melodramatic from any genre.
  4. Use original details to express your tale.
  5. Make the judges laugh or gasp in surprise.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. Every entry must be 99 words, no more, no less. You can have a title outside that limit. Check your word count using the wordcounter.net. Entries that aren’t 99 words will be disqualified.
  2. Enter this contest only once. If you enter more than once, only your first entry will count.
  3. Do your best to submit an error-free entry. Apply English grammar and spelling according to your country of origin style. As long as the judges can understand the language, it is the story that matters most.
  4. Use the form below the rules to enter.
  5. If you do not receive an acknowledgment by email WITHIN 3 DAYS, contact Charli at wordsforpeople@gmail.com.
  6. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 9, 2019.
  7. You may submit a “challenge” if you don’t want to enter the contest or if you wrote more than one entry.
  8. Refrain from posting your contest entry until after November 28.

2019 JUDGING

Charli Mills, Lead Buckaroo at Carrot Ranch, will collect stories, omitting names in order to select the top ten blind. Please refrain from posting your contest entry on your blog. A live panel of judges from the Keweenaw will select three winners from the top ten stories. The blind judging will be a literary event held at the Roberts Street Writery at Carrot Ranch World Headquarters in Hancock, Michigan. After selections are made, a single Winners Announcement with the top ten in each category will be posted on November 28. All ten stories in each contest will receive a full literary critique, and the top winner in each contest will receive $25 (PayPal, check, Amazon gift card, or donation).

via Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale

 

 

Flowers and Foliage

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White Asters

 

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New Guinea Impatiens

I’m amazed at how well

the flowers are doing

this year. All of these

photos were taken

today.

September 20th, 2019.

Cee’s FOTD

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White Asters

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Wandering Jew and Calathea Triostar

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One lone dandelion 

Wordless Wednesday Wheels

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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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hélène Vaillant – So Sadly Missed

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I’m so sad today with learning on Facebook that Hélène Vaillant had passed away. I started following her here on WordPress and later we became friends on FB.

I’ve only been here on WP since February of 2019 so it was a short friendship. I knew she wasn’t feeling well after the passing of her husband but I never imaged she was close to the end of her life.

Hélène was a wonderful poet and someone I will always remember.

After doing a search I’ve found many people that have written about Hélène and I’m so sorry that I missed all the posts.

RIP Hélène Vaillant.

Always remembered

Never to be forgotten

Rest in Peace my friend

 

A beautiful poem for Hélène from iidorun.

From Fandango.

Toronto Blues

This post is for July Blues over at BeckyB’s.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada Image by Susan Zutautas

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CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Image by Susan Zutautas

 

 

 

Catch and Release

This was written for Six Sentence Story over at Denise’s.

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Image by Mr_Incognito_ from Pixabay 

Liberty, an Irish Setter, was a beautiful, well behaved, dog that my mom and dad had rescued back in the late ’70s.

She was funny as when we’d go for car rides, she wouldn’t do her business anywhere other than in our backyard. It didn’t matter if she was away from the house for six hours, she’d hold until she got home.

One day I was watching her in the backyard playing catch and release with a frog that came to visit.

She’d catch the frog, hold it in her mouth for a few seconds, then let it go and then run and catch it again, and again.

Liberty was one of the gentlest dogs I’ve ever known.

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019