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


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 […]

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 […]

Writerly Things 3/16/2020: YA Writing Tips Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 3/16/2020: YA Writing Tips Traci Kenworth Looking for some tips for YA writing? The following instances may help you especially when you’re stuck or facing that blank page and unsure of what to write about. Prompts. These seem to help YA writing a lot. In truth, ANY writing. Prompts give us something to […]

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge 2020 3/5/2020: Three Senryus Traci Kenworth


Hope I did these right. This is about human nature and therefore, senryus in the 5/7/5, 3/5/3, and 2/3/2. wisdom in white haira day won in her honorleaves bear tribute to senses wakesplashes of flowersleaves tribute flyingeyes squeezed closedgala