Friday, March 23, 2012

"Reaching" #FridayFictioneers #FlashFiction

I'm not sure how many times I've said this, but I thought this week's photo prompt by Madison Woods was her most challenging yet. Often, when I'm too challenged to write a story, I'll write haiku instead, which is what I did this week. And often, my haiku is a metaphor for life.

If you'd like to read other flash fiction tales about the photo, click here. As always, feel free to leave links to your blogs with your comments!

Reaching

Barren branches reach
toward heaven each winter
waiting for rebirth.

35 comments:

  1. A really nice Haiku; lovely approach to the prompt.

    http://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/to-bring-you-home-friday-fictioneers/

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. Sometimes a haiku comes to me so much more easily than a story. Strange, but true. :)

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  2. Short and sweet.
    Here is my contribution to the Friday Fictioneers prompt. Its my first time. :-)
    http://366degree.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/back-to-nature/
    Wish you a nice weekend. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Irene! I'm working my way to everyone's flash fiction. Hope you have a good weekend, too!

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  3. "Reach toward heaven . . . waiting for rebirth" That has a spiritual ring, very appropriate for the Easter season.

    mine's at http://russellgayer.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Russell. Loved yours, as usual. :)

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  4. Perfect haiku for this prompt. Love it! Really beautiful.

    You're right--you often say each prompt is the most challenging (lol), but I think this is the hardest yet. Yowza. Off to the dermatologist and will think on this one...

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    1. I know, Beth. You caught me. But Madison's photo prompts always challenge my creativity muscle. :)

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  5. Nice. Love the theme, too. One of my favorites.

    I've been working on haiku this week, and visited your haiku blog for some inspiration. (I don't belive I've written one before....) Ironic that you should choose to post one here this week. Question: how tightly do you, personally, adhere to theme and structure (other than syllables) when you write haiku?

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    1. Keli, I do try to stick with the "rules" of writing haiku. Sometimes I have had to use fewer than the 5-7-5 syllyables, but I don't think I ever go over. Also, I try to make them all have something to do with nature. Recently, I learned that a "haiku" about human nature is called a "senryu." Let me know how you like writing them!

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    2. Keli, I wrote several haiku yesterday with an ocean theme following our vacation. Please check them out at http://banterwithbeth.blogspot.com

      Jan writes beautiful haiku. I love writing it as well.

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  6. Short and sweet, but so full of life...so to speak.
    Great haiku.

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    1. Thanks, BlueFury. I like haiku because it's short and sweet. :)

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  7. Everyone who knows me, knows I'm not big on poetry. But you and Beth may convince me yet. I "felt" this one.

    Mine's at http://shirleymccann.blogspot.com/2012/03/flash-friday-evil-awaits.html

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    1. Beth and I will have to work harder to move you to the "haiku side," Shirley. My heart is still pounding with the tension in your story. :)

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  8. Ahhh...a bit of haiku, akin to a curl of pickled ginger on the corner of my sushi plate, to cleanse my palate between heavier pieces....just what I needed! Thank you, Jan.

    ~Susan (here's mine: http://www.susanwenzel.com/)

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    1. Love the pickled ginger comparison.

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    2. I love pickled ginger, so thank you, Susan. Enjoyed your excerpt -- good luck on completion and queries!

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  9. Succinct and compelling. Something tells me to add another haiku to this...i'd be back later. Great piece!

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    1. I'm looking forward to your haiku, Charles!

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  10. Very refreshing.

    Here's mine: http://teschoenborn.com/2012/03/22/friday-fictioneer-3/

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed your Beezel story, too!

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  11. Sweetly succinct, Jan. Like the images conveyed. :)

    Here's mine:
    http://siobhanmuir.blogspot.com/2012/03/new-world-100words-well-200-for.html

    Siobhan

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    1. Thanks, Siobhan. I enjoyed yours, too - especially "chuckling water."

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  12. I always love your Haiku Jan, I think partly because I find it so incredibly difficult a form.

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    1. Thanks, Madison. Like I said, sometimes I find haiku easier than a full-blown story. I do think it becomes easier the more I do it. Give it a try!

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  13. I love this. great work.

    Here's mine: http://postcardfiction.com/2012/03/23/trapped/

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  14. That was a very meaningful, lovely poem. I loved it.

    http://littlewonder2.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/friday-fictioneers-lost-sun/

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  15. Beautiful Haiku, Jan!

    My link is here: http://quillshiv.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/single-shot/

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  16. Lovely haiku, Jan. Here's mine: http://furiousfictions.com

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  17. I think haiku is bvery suitable for this prompt, and you expressed it beautifully.

    Mine is here:
    http://writetuit.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/flash-friday-kill-shot/

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  18. Short and sweet! I agree with Judee... this prompt is Haiku sent!

    http://tedstrutz.com/2012/03/24/friday-flash-fictioneers-bang/

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  19. Hi Jan,
    I have to agree with everyone. It's a lovely haiku, a minimalistic miracle.
    Here's mine if you haven't read it yet. If you have, thanks: http://bridgesareforburning.wordpress.com/

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