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OLWG #27 and #28

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Here are my responses to two sets of OLWG prompts because I’m very behind at the moment, but I do enjoy the challenge of coming up with something for these. This week I’ve been superbly lazy and incorporated the prompts in my short pieces, as that gave me even fewer words to come up with. Sticking to the tried and tested I’ve gone for a haiku, American sentence and cinquain for each set of prompts. Thanks as ever to TNKerr and the OLWG for these.

 

 

full moon plundering

people asleep in their beds

get away with it

 

Auntie loved cats. Here near constant refrain, ‘Here kitty, kitty, kitty.’

 

Courtroom.

How do you plead?

They shouldn’t ask me that.

Don’t know. Can’t remember. Don’t care.

Death row.

 

 

ambassadoring

putting on a show to woo

those we love or need

 

Grandfather loved gratuitous sex and violence. Grandma left him.

 

Hoped for,

and there it was:

All she could ever need.

Her prayers answered by living souls.

Christmas.

 

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December 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

OLWG#26 – Micropoetry – #amwriting

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This week’s New Unofficial On’Line Writer’s Guild prompts leant themselves to being an American sentence all by themselves. Very lazily and only slightly adapted, here are 17-sylables:

‘You can learn a lot from books,’ the gypsy woman said. ‘Mine’s out March 1st.’

I need to spend longer than 25-minutes coming up with a response to these, and to stop using the prompts as titles. However, taking each prompt in turn I’ve stuck with poetry this week: a haiku, a cinquain (although having read the original post on these, I’m not sure the stresses are right at all), and a shadorma. Having broken away from the grip of NaNoWriMo, I decided to have a bit of fun.

 

You can learn a lot from books

eccentricity

more read about than achieved

he practised daily

 

The gypsy woman said

Happy,

I see you are.

May it last forever.

On the other hand it may not.

Useless.

 

It won’t be available until April 1st

*Her new book:

glossy front cover,

overpriced,

badly writ.

April fools’ day a good day

to launch such drivel.

 

* ‘The’ did not fit here, feel free to replace ‘her’ with ‘his’.

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November 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

OLWG#25

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I have finally got to posting my response this week’s OLWG prompts and had fun with an American sentence, a cinquain, and a haiku. I used the prompts as titles, but that’s boring. For a great poetical example of what else you can do with them, go see TN Kerr’s wonderful post.

 

She smiled that way

He spent years waiting. And here she is. Time’s up. Gorgeous; his assassin.

 

It’s a curse

Ginger.

Springy tight curls

Sally hated her hair.

Everyone else loved it, not her.

Jealous.

 

 

Money to burn

shock inheritance

party hard and long, repeat

easy come, gone soon

 

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November 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

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OLWG #23 – #micropoetry, #amwriting

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To keep me on my toes and make sure I participate, I’ve gone for a haiku, an American Sentence and an American Cinquain again to address this week’s Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts. Hopefully I’ll mix it up a bit next week but NaNoWriMo is currently taking up a bit of time.

 

Diamonds on my windshield
autumnal showers
parked cars await drenched walkers
glistening treasures

 

Try this
Bill skates, flips, slides, loops the loop, shimmies. Dan, watching, feels inadequate.

 

I think I have one right here
Joker
Jumps and dances
Grins, plays tricks, undermines
Attempting to make others laugh
Annoys

 

Why not play along. Pick a prompt and spend 25-minutes writing something.

Written by Sarah Ann

November 7, 2017 at 11:03 pm

OLWG #22 – a haiku, an American sentence and an American Cinquain

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There are some things that, once started, are hard to stop. So it is that I’ve pitched up again with a response to this week’s OLWG prompts. Sticking to micro-poetry means I can actually respond to the prompt. I am not a poet, but I am having fun playing with these tight structures. Once again I’ve taken the prompts as my titles.

 

What happened here?
door hanging open
possessions strewn everywhere
neater than before

 

I have seen the devil
Social services: baby snatchers disguised as ordinary Joes.

 

She won’t be having any more
She hurts
Stomach bloated
Fizzy pop rebelling
Food dissolving, churning, turning
Vomits

 

With thanks to the New, Unofficial, On-Line Writer’s Guild and TN Kerr.

Written by Sarah Ann

November 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm

OLWG #21 – American Cinquains

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As usual, I’m a little late with these as the new OLWG (#22) prompts are already up, but I’ve had fun this week attempting to write American Cinquains. These are 5-lined poems with a 2, 4 ,6, 8, 2 syllable pattern. For a more eloquent description, click here. The titles below are the prompts.

 

I’m gonna be late for work

Awake

But not in time

To catch the non-stop bus

Jump on bike, race away quickly

And hope

 

Hippopotamus

Mud caked

Grey wallowing

Bulbous flanks, massive jaws

River horses dancing in lakes

Thick skinned

 

Wait till your father gets home

Frightened

She thinks I am

Know I’m supposed to be

But dad doesn’t care about me

I know

 

They had one greedy son

Albert

Ate for them all

Forty-inch chest aged ten

Racing towards diabetes

Too soon

 

King of Clubs

Chairman

Oblivious

To upset he causes

Committee will have him replaced

In time

 

I do

He asked

I smiled, said yes

My life became weddings

Dresses, seating plans and favours

Jilted

 

 

With thanks to the New, Unofficial, On-Line Writer’s Guild for these prompts and a new challenge.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

October 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm

OLWG #19 & #20 – American Sentences – #amwriting

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I have been meaning to participate in the OLWG (The New, Unofficial, On-line Writer’s Guild) writing challenges ever since they started. Three prompts are provided weekly to write to, you pick one, two or three, and post your response (full details here.) I made sure I stuck to Guideline 7 and had fun.

When TN Kerr posted about American sentences, with a great explanation and terrific examples, I saw a way in. This week I’m catching up on OLWG prompts #19 and #20. I’ve taken each one and used it as a title to set the context of my American sentences – 17-syllables left to right. I might have taken the prompts too literally, as I scribbled these in a quiet moment at work when I should have been paying more attention to what was going on around me.

 

My names not Bud

Clean and dry. Light and fizzy. Suited to a good meal as well as fries.

 

Southern Comfort and Smoke

After the lynching came the fires. She loved ol’ school hospitality.

 

Pull on Your Coat

Sky turns black. Wind whipping trees and tugging loose flesh. Deluge imminent.

 

Dirty Little Secrets

Going through paperwork when Mum died, I found out who my father was.

 

The Cure is Worse

Car runs red light. Numerous ops later he pleads for amputation.

 

Nothing they tell you is real

News report: battles lost; water shortages. “Life goes on as normal.”

 

 

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October 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

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