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Thankful

May 13, 2015

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, where every story is a surprise. Every week between Wednesday and Friday, writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt. If you’d like to read other Fictioneers’ stories or post one of your own, click here. For more information, visit the website of our fabulous, hard-working leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Photo Copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

Photo Copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

Thankful

by Jan Brown

I was on my way to a new life, driving from CalTech to my new job in San Francisco. My parents said  it was once a beautiful drive. I can’t imagine that world. Now there are just two metropolitan areas, separated by an arid wasteland.

I stopped to connect my car to a charging station at the side of the road. Women travelling alone were at risk, even after the law passed requiring all women to be issued a handgun when they turned twenty-one. Today, as the predators charged out of the silo, I thanked the legislature for their foresight.

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At the Gate – NaPoWriMo Day 30

April 30, 2015

It’s the last day of NaPoWriMo, and we are challenged to examine the way that we begin and end our poems. One way we can do this is to take a poem we have previously written, turn it upside down (with the last line becoming the first), and edit it so that it makes sense.

I chose to do this with the poem I wrote for Day 1 of NaPoWriMo. The original poem started in a place of darkness and proceeded to a hoped-for state of light. Of course, reversing the order gave a different feel. With only a few words changed, the poem now ends by advising the reader not to be afraid of the dark (i.e., pain and suffering). I hope I can follow that advice myself!

I think the poem still retains the essence of hope and healing. If I have learned anything, it is that without hope, we cannot move forward.

angel statue

as you stand before the gate

she brushes off the snow and makes you beautiful

she carried you in a blithe but urgent rush

to your yearned-for destination

you ascend on angel’s wings

when light has failed you

so welcome the dark

Virus

April 30, 2015

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, where every story is a surprise. If you’d like to read other Fictioneers’ stories or post one of your own, click here. For more information, visit the website of our fabulous, hard-working leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This week’s photo prompt is by Dee Lovering. Thank you, Dee!

Photo Copyright: Dee Lovering

Photo Copyright: Dee Lovering

Virus

by Jan Brown

The kids were so happy to be in Europe on “vacation.” The weather was mild, and they were enjoying the sights. I hadn’t told them about the virus. They’d heard rumors in school. Fathers sick and in hospital, families disappearing….

No one was prepared for a virus like this. Trendy zombie fiction hadn’t prepared us. The reality of Ebola hadn’t prepared us. When my husband got it, he went mad like all the rest. They annihilate their families, then go on to kill others.

It only affects males. I wonder if the world will be more peaceful, once they’re gone.

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Aurora – NaPoWriMo Day 29

April 30, 2015

Before April ends, I thought my readers might like to see the northern lights. This photo was taken in Alaska on April 9th by Sebastian Saarloos and posted on NASA.gov.

Golden Gate – NaPoWriMo Day 28

April 28, 2015

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem about a bridge. For me, the choice was obvious. I have a love/hate relationship with the Golden Gate bridge. Well, mostly love. But read on….

Photo Copyright: Janet L. Brown

Photo Copyright: Janet L. Brown

I left my heart
in The City
just like the song says
but only part
it is split apart
by the beautiful bridge
its imposing structure
orange, not gold
and no golden gate
still, it is the gateway
to two halves of my soul

it always seems too long
vibrating beneath me
whining against
the texture of my tires
lanes too narrow
always nervous
always wondering
if I’ll make it across
without incident

then I am on the other side
and northern California
opens up to me
I sit for hours
in Sausalito
gazing across the bay
and watching seagulls
feast on human food
I bask in the shade
of Muir Woods
I don’t feel so old
amongst the ancient trees

it’s a white knuckle drive
back across the bridge
my reward, the skyline
The City sparkles
lit up in evening dress
inviting me to dinner
(I accept)

finally, to bed, to dream
of waking Rodin’s Thinker
to ask what he is thinking about
of basking in the sun
like lazy seals on the pier
of seeing a different
view of The City
from every hilltop
of driving over my beautiful bridge
that whines when I leave

Photo Copyright: Janet L. Brown

Photo Copyright: Janet L. Brown

Hips, Hearts – NaPoWriMo Day 27

April 28, 2015

The NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 27 is to write a hay(na)ku. This is like a haiku, but focuses on the number of words and relaxes the usual “rules” of haiku. The form was invented by an American teacher, to be more accessible for her students and easier to write. It’s a stanza consisting of three lines, with one word in the first line, two in the second and three in the third. You can write a hay(na)ku “sonnet” by stringing four stanzas together, and ending with a couplet of three words per line.

Image by Annika Gandelheid - Fotolia

hips
sway like
Chubby Checkers’ girl

hips
sway wide
for her lover

lips
move on
and kiss another

hips
age, erode
swap out parts

lips
still fickle
swap out hearts

hips will heal
hearts still reel

Nightingale – NaPoWriMo Continues

April 26, 2015

This is in response to the Twitter poetry challenge #haikuwordgame. The prompts are “patience” and “dusk.” I am behind a day for National Poetry Writing Month, so I wrote two haiku :-)

I hope you enjoy the musical “extra” below the poetry!

Wikimedia - Public Domain

Wikimedia – Public Domain

patience turns to sadness
nightingale sings for his love
in the grim dusk
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at dusk he puffs his chest
he sings of his prowess
impatient for love
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