I open up my little brain

To rummage for ideas,

But all the shelves are empty:

It’s the worst of writers’ fears!

There are cobwebs in the corners,

And balls of tumbleweed,

But simply no creative thoughts –

The one thing that I need!

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Defused – A Tanka

Brain locked and loaded,

I await an explosion

Of thoughts and ideas

Blasting onto blank paper…

But alas my wires are cut.


Emma H, age 26, 07/09/2017

This tanka is for Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt – Week 61 – “Explosion” & “Blocked”. In my example, the word explosion is used literally but the blockage is just implied 😉 If you want to take part in the challenge, you can follow the link here:

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 61 – Explosion & Blocked

Window Pain – #writephoto

window pain“So, what do you think?”

Matthew flashed his fiancée an enthusiastic smile. A room in an actual castle, with original features, stone walls, king-size bed, booked for a steal on some website. Perfect for their pre-wedding getaway.

Stephanie gave him a reproachful glare and tentatively stepped into the room. There were freezing draughts attacking her from every angle, cobwebs strung from the rickety beams and a carpet of dust on every surface. She creaked over to the window, where the tumultuous storm raging outside was leaking inside beneath the leaded pane. The room’s amber lamps flickered eerily as the gales pummelled the power lines.

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