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Daily Lune #22+

1-
evil curses the
righteous cries of the innocent
to their peril

2-
another day dawns
like before
routine ‘midst chaos

~kat

Two Lune poems today. One using word count, 3/5/3 and the other, syllable count, 5/3/5. In crafting these daily micro-poems it is always a challenge to say something substantial in a few lines, a few words. It is more difficult than it appears. Even more, in these times when there is so much to say.


Daily Lune #20

when innocence roars
evil falls
grace intervening

~kat

(photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

So, in breaking news as I write this, the president signed a declaration to stop separating children from parents at the US southern borders. But there is no plan to reunite the 2500 plus children already ripped from their parents. It’s a continuing travesty. But the grace…there is grace is rising from the ashes…it’s not over. We will continue to fight for justice for the innocent. 😢 To the rest of the world…we are not all monsters, but the monsters that exist, well, they are real.


Daily Lune #19

humidity swells
air, wet hot
azure blue stillness

~kat


Twittering Tales #89 – 19 June 2018

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About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!

And REMEMBER…you have 280 characters (spaces and punctuation included), to tell your tale…and a week to do it. I can’t wait to see what you create this week.


Twittering Tales #88 – The Roundup

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Photo by Free-Photos at Pixabay

Starting us off…
Dreamcatcher
“Put it near your bed,” she told me. After months of nightmares I was willing to try anything.
For the first time I slept peacefully. Was it the dreamcatcher? I wondered. As I watched it sway in the breeze, I saw something drifting from its feathers. My nightmares fading to dust.
(279 Characters)

From Reena at ReInventions:
Freedom?
I threw away the hanging monstrosity, with all the remnants of memories that hurt. The demons live only in my imagination.
You left my world long ago, and I don’t exist where you live.
Is it forgiveness or freedom?
(212 characters)

From Lady Lee at Lady Lee Manila:
Dream
requiem for a dream
when nothing goes to plan
waiting for next chance
through the darkness
a vision of hope comes out
the sun shines bright
(134 characters)

From Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Tales of the Dreamcatcher
“What is that thing?” she asked.
“It’s a dream catcher. It protects you from bad dreams and nightmares. It catches all sorts of dreams and thoughts into its webs. The good ones pass through and gently slide down the feathers to comfort you. The bad ones are caught and destroyed.”
(279 characters)

From Piyali from Piyali’s Blogs:
Broken ‘n’ Lost
The old dreamcatcher, hanging from the leaf-less branch of a barren tree in my granny’s garden, was always an object of intrigue to me. Once, as a little girl, I had wished only for beautiful dreams. But now, all I want it to do for me is to mend what’s broken and lost forever.
278 characters

From Hayley at The Story Files a longer story that you can read HERE.

From Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith:
It Didn’t Work
Annie told her grandma of the monster that came in her room every night after her mom left for her job at the hospital.
“This will stop them,” her grandma said, hanging a dream catcher over her bed, kissing her goodnight.
It was supposed to keep the monsters away. It didn’t.
274 Characters

From Willow at WillowDot21:
Dreamcatcher
I won’t have it in our room. There’s no place for superstition in this house she yelled throwing it out of the window. Her mood was intensified by her lack of sleep due to the nightmares. He retrieved the dreamcatcher and hung it in the loft above her bed. The nightmares stopped
(280 Characters)

From The Dark Netizen:
This one is doing its job perfectly. It captures all the dreams – good and bad.
It has served me well all these years and was the only reason I can sleep tight at night. Each dream seen in this city is captured and stored. I need all of them.
I tend to get hungry before I sleep.
Character Count: 279

From Michael at Morpethroad:
Dreamcatcher
I wake in a cold sweat.
Breathing heavily, shaking from the nightmare.
I heard myself shouting: Get away!
I’m disorientated momentarily.
A big black dog was on my bed. I pushed it off and it growls as it leaves.
Up above the dreamcatcher hangs.
I hope it hasn’t caught this one.

From Deb at Twenty Four:
What you doing?
Creating something to help people
Help people do what?
I don’t know … inspire them, make them believe
You think feathers will make people believe?
Well they won’t hurt, will they?
What you going to call it?
Dunno.
Call it a dream catcher … it will work in your dreams.
(280 characters)

From Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The winner – A damaged dream    To view The Winner – click here.
“Any good ones today?”
“Usual sort of stuff. Falling in love, monsters under the bed. Some really sexy ones too. Want to look?”
“What’s that one at the back? Looks kinda damaged to me!”
“Yea. Looks like some guy dreaming of winning a competition, but it seems to be fire damaged!”
(278 characters)

From Anurag at Jadahdilmein:
The Freedom Fighter
The rising sun filled my heart with dread.
I couldn’t wait any longer. I looked at my formidable enemy once again, and knew I didn’t stand a chance. But I had to try and rescue my family from his clutches.
“For freedom,” I shouted, as I charged headlong into the dreamcatcher.
276 characters. PHEW!

From Indhu at Always:
The Vision
She stepped out of the tarot reader’s shop. She wanted to believe every word, yet, wasn’t sure. Anyway, she bought the dream catcher and tied it on the window closer to her bed.
She could still hear the reader’s words, “Dream you could recall in the morning will come true!”
<273 Characters>

From Deepa at SynchWithDeep:
Dreams Reborn!
Standing at the intersection, I had to decide.
One road leads to home where I lived, reminding me of the tough past.
The other side was my dreams, a life waiting for me.
Dear world, you crush thousands of dreams every day and allow twice as many to be born!(260 characters)

Thank you to everyone who wove a tale for last week’s dreamcatcher photo. I must say they were positively “dreamy”. HeeHee. 🙂

This week, is a photo of an empty shell by Mabel Amber at Pixabay.com. Now, you could go all jurassic with this (the latest Jurassic Park film opens here in the States this weekend, so advertisements are flooding the airways), or you could take a philosophical approach. You could answer that age old question, “which came first?” You know the one I mean. At any rate if you decide to join the challenge this week, be sure to have fun with it. And remember 280 characters or less. I’ll see you at next week’s round-up.


Twittering Tales #89 – 19 June 2018

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Photo by MabelAmber at Pixabay.com

“What kind of bird do you think it was?”
“Whatever it was, it was huge! Look at the the size of that shell. It’s big as a football!”
“Maybe it wasn’t a bird?!”
“Stop!!! You’re creeping me out.”
“Well, don’t look behind us then. I think I just figured out what was inside!”
(268 Characters)

~kat


Wings – Manic Mondays Prompt

I found a new challenge that intrigued me at Cee’s Writing Challenges list. It’s called Manic Monday’s Prompt. Our host gives us a picture and a song to play with. I thought it would be fun to do a “black out” poem using the words of the song and then paste it on the photo. So here’s my take. Thank you Laura at All the Shoes I Wear for this awesome prompt!

Challenge: Write something in any genre inspired by the picture (you see below) and the song Change by the Deftones. (I’ve posted the blacked out lyrics below).

Wings

i watched you
fly away
on wings
so alive…
then i laughed
now, i had wings…
ahah…
look away
i never had wings
so alive
i have watched you
i never had wings

~kat


Change
Deftones

I watched you change
Into a fly
I looked away
You’re on fire
I watched a change in you
It’s like you never had wings
And you feel so alive
I have watched you change

I took you home
Set you on the glass
I pulled off your wings
Then I laughed
I watched a change in you
It’s like you never had wings
Now you feel so alive
I have watched you change
It’s like you never had wings
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah

I look at the cross
And I look away
Give you the gun
Blow me away
I watched a change in you
It’s like you never had wings
Now you feel so alive
I have watched you change
And you feel alive
You feel alive
You feel alive
I have watched you change
It’s like you never had wings

Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
You change
You change
You change

Songwriters: Abe Cunningham / Abran Cunningham / Chi Cheng / Chino Moreno / Chino Camilo Moreno / Stephen Carpenter


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