An American sentence: Joy is a child unexpectedly sighting a friend at the playground. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading Moments, or: Peas in a pod
Panic mode, or: Even after
A Choka time and time again feet both frozen to the ground I hear myself gasp panic mode activated eyes watch in horror whenever someone nearby loses their balance trips sways then topples over gray matter perceives crisis but fails to react even after they've tumbled Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the… Continue reading Panic mode, or: Even after
Birthday, or: Surprise!
A Shadorma birthday start(!); dimmed lights enshroud all... astonish! overjoyed, tribe honors dear matriarch; merriments ensue! Twiglets #310 dimmed lights Tanka Tuesday This shadorma is written for today's #TankaTuesday prompt, which is to incorporate three of these randomly generated words in a syllabic form: I employed the following three words: 1) 'birthday', 2) 'astonish', 3)… Continue reading Birthday, or: Surprise!
Eventually, or: Surprise yourself
An American sentence: Write a sentence daily; eventually, you will surprise yourself. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the… Continue reading Eventually, or: Surprise yourself
Superimposed over the forest
Clamping her mouth tightly, Shabina massaged her twisted ankle; the elders had warned she'd get into a pickle. Countless numbers had aspired to recover the precious shamanic mask, only to have disappeared… like cousin Shabu. Suddenly, in a flash of red and yellow, Shabu appeared shimmering above her, as though magically superimposed over the forest… Continue reading Superimposed over the forest
You don’t know until you know
Last night, my wife and the other mothers of the girls in our daughter's first grade class had an evening gathering to discuss the social dynamics that have been developing among our children. This was exclusively a meeting for the girls' mothers, rather than for all the mothers, because the boys and girls tend to… Continue reading You don’t know until you know
Her silk dress fell to the floor
For all the money he'd throw at her, she felt herself his possession and hated it. Finally, she'd had enough. "I'm leaving you," she said, as her silk dress fell to the floor, followed by her jewelry and lingerie. "You can keep everything." Naked, she turned provocatively towards the front door, as he stood there… Continue reading Her silk dress fell to the floor
The round display case
d’Verse prosery "Mom!" "Hey, Kiddo! I missed you!" The wiry middle-aged woman tousled the stocky boy's hair, gave him a tight hug, and unstrapped her pack, swinging it off her shoulders. "Look, Luke, I got you something!" Barbara unzipped a side pocket and reached inside, rummaging through various personal effects until her fingers grazed the… Continue reading The round display case
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