The Newest One

The Newest One

Today at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie, our writing prompt is to use the following sentence in a story or poem: The flowers were blooming, and the bees kissed them every now and then. "It was a beautiful spring day. Birds were singing —" "What kind 'o birds?" Jimmy interrupted. Well, I would imagine there were robins, sparrows, [...]

Ticket to Paradise

Today's writing prompt over at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie is Train Ticket. Geoffrey was late for everything, so it was no surprise that he missed the last train to Paradise, PA. The next one was scheduled for 9:00 pm that night. “But that’s three hourrrrrs from now…” Geoffrey whined to the ticket person—Sybil, according to her name [...]

On the Rocks

Today at the dVerse Poets pub it's Sestina time! This complex form contains six stanzas, each with six lines and concludes with a three line envoi. The pattern of the form is as follows: 1. A,B,C,D,E,F 2. F,A,E,B,D,C 3. C,F,D,A,B,E 4. E,C,B,F,A,D 5. D,E,A,C,F,B 6. B,D,F, E,C,A 7. BE, DC, FA (The envoi of three [...]

Darlene’s Dilemma

Today's writing prompt at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie is the photo below by Julien Tabet. Her real name was Darlene, but the entire herd — including the brain-damaged shepherd — called her Baldie. Sheep could be so very cruel, she thought, as she stood munching alone in the far corner of the meadow. Most people think sheep [...]

The Bully-Buster

The Bully-Buster

It's Mad About Metaphor over at the Mindlovesmisery's Menagerie! This week our metaphor is give a wide berth. Gloria awakened that morning with an erroneous smile on her face. Slowly, reality set-in as she came to accept the fact that Sunday was gone and Monday had taken its place. Monday meant school. School meant mean kids and [...]

The Gun

It is First Line Friday over at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie. Our writing prompt for this week is "Take the gun." "Take the gun," Gary whispered. Melanie stifled a giggle. "And leave the cannoli?" "Oh, for God's sake!" Gary flung the script to the floor. "Will you please be serious for once?" "I couldn't help it!" Melanie laughed. [...]