The following tanka was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.
On a chilly winter’s night
The moon is hiding
I see lights in the distance
Hoping someone will help me
© Susan Zutautas 2020
This children’s poem was written for a challenge over at Keep it Alive called What do you see.
There was a bear upon my bed
He looked like a sleepyhead
I picked him up and said hello
He said to me please don’t go
Where did you come from little bear
I don’t know somewhere out there
I’d love to stay with you and play
But I must go to school today
Please take me with you he said
I don’t want to stay here on this bed
I picked him up and off flew
We make such a lovely two
This was written for this week’s Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch.
February 13, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a sugar report. Use its original meaning of a letter from a sweetheart to a soldier, or invent a new use for it. Go where the prompt leads!
Jenny was cleaning out her mom’s house after she’d died and came across a stack of letters tied together. She was curious to find out who they were from, so she settled into a big comfy chair and was shocked as soon as she started to read them. They were from a man in the army and from the written words she could tell that he was in love with her mother and planned to marry. After putting two and two together Jenny found out that this man was her father who never returned from the war. Tears flowed.
Joe was off to the plant.
He moved so fast you’d think there were ants in his pants.
When he got there the parking lot was bare.
He realized it was Sunday and he did swear.
He could have slept in, then he grinned, and off he drove fast as the wind.
When he got home, he went back to bed and slept all day … like the dead.
This was written for the Six Sentence Story challenge over at GirlieOnTheEdge’s Blog.
Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers
PROMPT WORD: PLANT
Bill lives in a modest house on a large acreage in the beautiful state of Washington with his wife and their two dogs.
Anyone who lives in this state and loves it there and is used to the rain. One can go days upon days or even weeks without seeing any sunshine. This is the norm, especially during fall, winter, and spring. Most people will ask, “How do you live in a place that rains all the time?” Some people don’t mind it and others simply hate it and cannot live there.
This one year however in the spring the days of rain turned into weeks and then into months. Bill thought it would never end and even joked about building an ark. One had to have a sense of humor to get through this, and I must say Bill sure does.
Upon his acreage, he kept chickens and grew most of his own vegetables. Sadly, the rain had flooded out his land and ruined most of the crops. Worried about the chickens, Bill made a cozy spot in the garage, a little cramped but better than the coop that was flooded. Mornings now started at four-thirty am and Bill now had a new alarm clock system that consisted of thirty chickens clucking away wanting their breakfast.
Finally, after three long wet months, the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Most of the roads were in bad shape. One couldn’t travel very far as most were engulfed in water.
Mount Rainier looked like it had a new lake and it appeared there was a causeway in the middle of it. There really wasn’t one, it was land that had drowned.
Now summertime and the lakes were filled beyond capacity. This didn’t deter Bill from any of his projects. You see Bill also is an accomplished writer. He has written and published at least 22 books, writes on HubPages, has several blogs, does freelance work, and is a writing coach. It exhausts me just thinking about all that he accomplishes every day.
There were days after the downpours Bill and sometimes his wife Bev would take their two dogs, Maggie and Toby out for a long walk. Four times a week they would walk into town to get supplies such as food and chicken feed. Most days the dogs would have a great time running through puddles getting very wet. A few times the dogs would shake and everyone would be wet. Bill soon put an end to this by training them to shake a few feet away from him.
Before they knew it all the water from the floods had disappeared into the ground and life became hectic once again, planting as much as they possibly could for a short growing season.
In the fall Bill and Bev were able to harvest what they’d planted. Normally they’d take a good part of what they’d grown to sell at the market. This year there was only enough for the two of them to get through the winter. Still, though they were able to sell eggs every few days from the chickens which were bountiful.
That winter Bill wrote a memoir entitled “And the Blind Shall See”. Life was good!
© Susan Zutautas 2020
This was written for a challenge over at HubPages by Bill Holland.
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If you’d like to enter please follow my link.
Winner will be announced on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
Good luck to everyone that enters.