Three Senryu and a Short Story Traci Kenworth


Mementos scatteredacross the map of the worldpictures of times past all recallhappier days nowsinged in ash journalsthe spyglassno clues Keepsakes Traci Kenworth How long had it been? Those stolen moments? Those discovered treasures. She pressed her fingertips to each. Oh, how she missed him. Days scattered into weeks and months. And finally, years. She picked […]

Three Senryu and a Short Story Traci Kenworth


a piece of fabriclies cluttered beside rail tracksits owner misplaced did she run along the train’s rails, heart in her throat,or did her dress tear did she see the beastleave the shadows of the treesno bones or blood tracked The Girl Running Beside the Train Tracks Traci Kenworth Millie lost her shoe in the flight from […]

Three Senryu and a Short Story Traci Kenworth


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge using the words Circled and Squared, synonyms only. The sketch encompassedher day of who he was, thisbalance boy and man he seemed allshadows and light bothbrash and bold girdedby life inkand bone The Rival Traci Kenworth All day she sat, sketching him first then adding ink. He leapt off the […]

Three Senryu and a Story 8/6/2020 Traci Kenworth


Dead windows wait forthe joy of the children onceroomed within their walls curtains hanglimp with dust as astillborn cries pictures decay while tears drop The House on Vasket Street Traci Kenworth They’d moved in three months ago. Dreams full. Hopes high. Delaney inspected her face in the passenger mirror window. Her face had filled out. She patted […]

Poem and a Story Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge 7/15/2020 Blessed & Hexed chosen by Anita Dawes Traci Kenworth


We were given the words “blessed” and “hexed.” I chose to use the synonyms, holy and damned in three tankas of 5/7/5, 3/5/3, and 2/3/2. I also added a story. Hope you enjoy! deep in prayer themonk folded his hands uponthe trio of stones lost in flightthe angel waiteddamned to hear blamed forher part inhis […]

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge 6/24/2020: The Soldier and Story Traci Kenworth


“…Lives of great men all remind us   We can make our lives sublime,And, departing, leave behind us   Footprints on the sands of time…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Soldier a manbroken, batteredwins valor on the fieldhe gives all, defends all gladlyhero Adam struggled to raise his head. He didn’t know how long it’d been since the bomb dropped. […]

Five Links 4/24/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 4/27/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-plotless-novel-damn-it/ “This week I’d like to channel some of my COVID-19 quarantine frustrations by quickly and angrily debunking a bit of literati bullshit that has always pissed me off. One of many ways in which people without imagination try to belittle people with imagination is by looking down […]

Colleen’s Weekly 2020 Poetry Challenge 4/1/2020 A Didactic Cinquain and a Story.


Kitten Gray, white Playful, batting, curious Pawing at everything it encounters Tiny The tiny kitten inspected the flower in its crack on the sidewalk. It smelled—different. Not like the scents he was used to growing up on the streets. He pawed at the stem. It sprang back and forth. His whiskers twitched. This was odd. […]

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka 2020 Poetry Challenge Theme Week Traci Kenworth


Below are three haiku and a story inspired by the theme, “The Night Sky,” by Sally Cronin. The syllables are in the form of 5/7/5, 3/5/3, and 2/3/2. Three Haiku and a story Traci Kenworth colored in eggshellsthe dust of the ancientshangs bright in the air bright dots blinkstars and planets glimpsemystery wondercherubiclegend Space Traci […]

Colleen's Weekly Tanka 2020 Poetry Challenge No. 168 Traci Kenworth


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka 2020 Poetry Challenge Synonyms of Comfort & Torn Traci Kenworth Three Senryu’s on human nature along with a story. Tom spent his days out in the barn. His night by the campfire. He couldn’t quite forget the way things had been when Judith had been alive. He missed her. He found himself […]