Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FLASH 55 PLUS!

The first Sunday of a new month is upon us again, and it is time for Flash 55. The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS.

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PLUS!


Japanese Zen Garden - Dirk Ercken
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The optional extra for this mini-challenge is to add a touch of Zen to your piece.  Follow this link for some fine examples of Zen Poetry.


17 comments:

Björn Rudberg said...

Zen.. wonderful.. I tried my best.

Susan said...

Good one, Kerry. Thank you.

Outlawyer said...

Hi Kerry, I did one thinking about Zen and one just thinking about life (which may actually be more zen). Posted the zen one, though the other quite a bit better as a poem, so maybe post both. k.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I'm not very Zen, but the link to the Zen poems helped. Very interesting to try and get myself into that way of thinking!

Susie Clevenger said...

Great 55 plus. I needed cleansing expression.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello everyone,

Well this was fun :D posting my poem "Intuition", for the Flash 55 plus challenge. Hope you all like it.

Thanks Kerry for this amazing challenge! :D

Lots of love
xoxo

Gail said...

Great prompt...I did it! Thanks.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Karin, by all means post both. The 55 lends itself to several attempts.

Jim said...

Please don't un-Mr.Linky me tonight. I worked hard, went to copy my link, and then I discovered that I missed the Zen request until I saw it at the end.
The best I did was to decline but MENTION THE SITE. Perhaps some of my readers will go there.
It might have been fun. Tomorrow? Probably not, we are still very, very busy.
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Kerry O'Connor said...

Hi Jim, the Zen is an OPTIONAL part of the challenge. Any 55 word poem is suitable for this prompt.

For those interested in a few basic steps to writing koan, here is a link to a previous mini-challenge which might shed some light. The only problem is the 55 word count, because this seems to come out a little shorter.

http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2012/06/mini-challenge-for-sunday-koan.html

hedgewitch said...

I have rather an antipathy to Zen(don't ask--it comes from my first marriage) but I have no intention of missing a 55. I'll let othersa be the judge of how Zen my effort is, but thanks, Kerry, for keeping this meme alive. Will comment when I can, as lots of work ahead today.

rhymeswithbug said...

Great challenge! I followed De Jackson to your site. Glad you did.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Kerry for hosting the 55 and the plus as well... I love the image! :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Sorry, Candy, your page would not load on my PC or tablet.

rhymeswithbug said...

I tried the Mr Linky widget again and it said I was already added. You can get to my page from mt comments. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. Tech is not my forte

Ella said...

Oh, I missed the magic~ I will make some Zen tea and return to indulge in these offerings~ I love the photo, I am working on a poeTEA journal, these days.

Jim said...

Hi Kerry ~~ Running late as usual. I took your advice and posted an oldie, March 2009, version. Smoke. Smoked.

That was a nice interview you did with Sherry, I was glad to learn of your teaching and of your kids.
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