Sarah Ann Hall

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OLWG #60&61 – micropoetry – #amwriting

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I struggled during July to keep up with my writing commitments, and my responses to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts have been slow in coming. There is a way of combining the last two sets of prompts into a story, but I’m not up to the challenge, and have opted for ease and brevity with micropoetry. As I write that, I realised I am not prepared to reveal the number of agonised minutes spent to come up with these.

Thank you to Thom for putting up with my tardiness.

 

 

Broken

When delivered.

Phone customer services.

‘You’re call is important to us.’

Liar.

 

‘Switch off

And on again.’

‘I’ve done that already.’

‘Jiggle it a little bit more.’

Useless.

 

 

Well damn.

He didn’t know

She loved him all that much.

They both enjoyed their week away.

Surprised.

 

 

Fast for health reasons.

Made weak by summer’s wild heat

Hunger pangs abound.

I just want something to eat.

Reconsider decision.

 

 

Getting old,

Losing his senses.

‘Speak up, boy

Shout louder.

It’s important what you say.’

Learn from each other.

 

 

You are never going to believe this. I won last night’s lottery.

 


 

This week’s prompts are:

  1. you are never going to believe this
  2. well damn
  3. jiggle it a little bit

 

Last week’s prompts were:

  1. I just want something to eat
  2. Speak up, boy
  3. your call is important to us

 

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

 

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Written by Sarah Ann

August 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm

OLWG#55 -#micropoetry #amwriting

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I have returned to micropoetry this week for my response to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild because these prompts seemed to lend themselves that way, or it might be because cancelled appointments have been reinstated and I wondered if I’d have time to develop anything longer. So here are a shadorma, American Cinquain and tanka.

Thank you to TNKerr as ever for this week’s prompts.

 

Limpid pools:

Sunlight reflecting;

Inviting;

Refreshing.

Watch out for the undertow!

Danger lurks beneath.

 

Notice.

Look at these scars.

Open your eyes and ears.

Self-harm dulls the pain others cause.

Hear me.

 

when the boys arrive

the party will get started

alcohol will flow

they’ll dance and jive till cock crow

unless their brothers drive by

 


 

This week’s prompts are:

  1. limpid pools
  2. look at these scars
  3. when the boys arrive

 

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

Written by Sarah Ann

June 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

OLWG#52 – micropoetry

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I am behind with my responses to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild Prompts and so have returned to micropoetry in an attempt to get on top of my disorganisation.

Thanks and congratulations to TNKerr on posting these prompts for a whole year.

 

tanka

kids line up in rows

sit at desks in the classroom

what’s one more or less

when measles contagion hits

or a gunman visits school

 

 

American sentence

Love me. For me. Forever. Everything else is complicated.

 

 

Shadorma

Birthday cake,

Sandwiches and crisps.

Finger food

Nibbled at.

We say goodbye in circles,

Hugs until next time.

 


This week’s prompts are:

  1. what’s one more or less
  2. everything else is complicated
  3. we say goodbye in circles

 

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

 

Written by Sarah Ann

June 3, 2018 at 2:40 pm

OLWG#46 – At the Theatre – #micropoetry

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It is occasionally worrying what a couple of days away from something can do to one’s perspective on one’s writing. The prompts for the #46 On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts had me excitedly starting a story about society rushing about, the loss of conversation, and advent of driverless cars. However, when I went to finish it, I realised what a load of drivel it was. So I looked at the prompts again and went to the theatre instead, producing a haiku, shadorma and American cinquain.

 

 

rehearsals again

don’t be late, don’t slam that door

orders from all sides

 

 

What a rush!

Touching up faces

Scene changes

Costume swaps

Hitting the spot every time.

The show must go on.

 

 

Waiting

With bated breathe

Standing on the corner

For the smiling stars to appear

Stage door

 


This week’s prompts are:

  1. what a rush
  2. on the corner
  3. don’t slam that door

 

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

Written by Sarah Ann

April 23, 2018 at 11:15 am

OLWG#45 – #micropoetry – cinquain, tanka, limerick,

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When I saw the #45 New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts, the Geronimo Green prompt immediately made me think of a limerick, so I did some googling and came up with this informative link. I’m not sure my limerick works – the last line feels as if it needs an extra syllable.

Thank you to Thom for hosting these each week and stretching my writing muscles.

 

 

Loveless.

Alone. Solo.

Never my intention.

To be a regretful woman.

Forlorn.

 

At least fifty pounds

He spread his arms wide and winked

Perfect scales, bright eyes

A competition winner

If it hadn’t swum away

 

There once was a girl from Mill Hill

Who liked nothing more than a thrill

Geronimo Green

Created a scene

When he kissed her she screamed most shrill

 


This week’s prompts are:

  1. at least fifty pounds
  2. never my intention
  3. Geronimo Greene

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

Written by Sarah Ann

April 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

OLWG#43 – Geriatric Parents

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This has a been a very disorganised week full of cancellations and reinstated meetings so I wasn’t sure I’d manage with this week’s OLWG prompts, but here I am. I’ve cheated and used a tanka, an American cinquain and an American sentence to make a story out of the three prompts, or that was my intention. With thanks as ever to Thom Kerr for making me work my imaginative, or is that imaginary, brain cells.

 

Here I sit, hiding,

Drinking alone and pregnant.

At least the wife is.

We’ve waited so long. I’m scared.

Hard to embrace our future.

 

That’s rich

Just great, she says.

Are you going to cope?

When the baby comes, will you help?

Useless.

 

Helpless. That’s how I feel. This just isn’t doing it for me. Sorry.

 

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This week’s prompts are:

  1. Drinking alone, and pregnant
  2. This just isn’t doing it for me
  3. that’s rich

 

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Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

 

Written by Sarah Ann

March 30, 2018 at 10:23 am

How long is a #shortstory #haiku #justforfun

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Last night at my writing group we discussed short stories – how short or long, maximum number of characters, point of view and so on. We had all prepared a 100-word story about a shirt and it was interesting to see the assumptions we each made about character and meaning based on our own perceptions/ experience/ prejudice when so much has to be inferred. At least I find it interesting when readers don’t feel or see things the same way as the writer.

Haiku were brought up, and the 6- or 10-word story. I have haven’t yet written a 6-word story, I’ve tried a couple of 10-word ones and never been satisfied. However, I do play with haiku and, unable to sleep last night, I composed a 17-word haiku, and then a haiku story. Or did I?

 

bird’s feet curl round wires

chest preened he sings for a mate

squall puts pay to love

 

yesterday morning

was the last time I saw her

seat reclined, feet up

 

With thanks to TNKerr of the OLWG for ‘the last time’ as a prompt.

 

 

Written by Sarah Ann

March 21, 2018 at 2:36 pm

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