This year vssGhostTales is releasing a prompt every week for 2023 and in my infinite wisdom, I have started a poem. Each week, I'll add a new verse based on the prompt word that carries on the story. Will I manage to keep this going for 52 weeks, will I remember each week? Only time … Continue reading Ghost Tale (a prompt poem)
The Flow of Time
'Time is all relative,' he mumbled as he scribbled Words drifted, colliding on the board Meeting numbers in explosions of genius Or was it madness now? He wasn't sure. 'The day drags endlessly while you idle The work clock ticks ever slower Do you not feel the lengthening of a second?' His apprentice stared in … Continue reading The Flow of Time
Ode to a Blank Page
'Dear Blank Page, Today, I concede. You win. I have no words to sully your surface, no tales to fill up your gaps. You shall remain blank for the foreseeable future. You see life keeps getting in the way. The world intrudes on my thoughts and stories leaving me empty, unable to string a sentence … Continue reading Ode to a Blank Page
What does it matter to you?
If I dye my hair what does it matter to you? Does the colour offend? Did you even have to look? Would you remember this in two days’ time? If I read this book, what does it matter to you? Did you hate it as a child? Does the message scare you? Will you … Continue reading What does it matter to you?
When We Believe
They told stories by the bedside and legends around the fire. A thousand eyes lit up with awe and wonder The possibilities danced in the air, unbound by imagination In the sun, they ran and charged, fighting evil and doing good All in our name as they took on the mantle They ran to the … Continue reading When We Believe
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Voiceless – prompt poem
They all talk, I look on and open my mouth It shuts again quickly, I listen instead Try as I might I cannot join in Despite the words that shout in my head No time like the present, you’ve a right to be heard My stomach twists as I gear up to speak Then … Continue reading Voiceless – prompt poem
Intervention (a poem)
For generations we've wished that the youth would act Now they do, we complain, belittle, push them back. Stop assuming they know nothing, been force-fed false truths, They're canny and wily, they know what's fake news. Perhaps you should listen, hear what they say They have views, made opinions and at the end of the … Continue reading Intervention (a poem)
Inspiration – where do you find it?
I've been trying to enter a lot of competitions and submit to anthologies lately. My writing group have been sharing the different outlets we've found and it's led to the conversation - does a theme make it harder or easier? I've submitted stories that fit themes and some that only fit a genre. And honestly, … Continue reading Inspiration – where do you find it?
Burning Glass – a flash fiction
I stare at you each evening once the servants have gone below. In this deepest part of my chamber, you are my hidden secret. Candlelight picks out your finer details, the flickering orange bringing you to life. But you don’t need any help do you? Little by little, hour by hour you fight against your … Continue reading Burning Glass – a flash fiction