See You In Forever – A Senryu

temporary life
fleeting moments flesh and blood
spirit lives onward

I came up with a writing or poetry prompt yesterday, which inspired this poem today. The prompt is “temporary.” You may use it however you like. If you create anything with this prompt, I’d love to see it!

©2022 Stacey Guenther
All Rights Reserved

Dog Chieftain – A Haiku

not that way! this way!
the little dog is captain
steering the human

I wrote this haiku based on a picture prompt found on the following blog:

Keith Channing at the Keith Kreates blog has writing challenges. His most recent is an ekphrastic challenge to write a story or poem based on a cute photograph of a dog standing on a woman’s back. The challenge can be found here: https://keithchanning.wordpress.com/2022/07/25/kreative-kue-370/

Frightened By Fireworks – A Flash Memoir

Photo by Dynamic Wang on Unsplash

When I was a child, my mother and father would take my younger sister and me to see fireworks for the Fourth of July celebrations.  I was not too fond of the loud noises because they startled me.  So, I would always cover my ears with my hands to avoid the terrible sounds.  The pyrotechnics were pleasant to observe visually, nevertheless.

These days, as an adult, I avoid fireworks whenever I can.  To this day, when an unexpected bang is heard in the house as neighbors light fireworks, I jump in my seat.  But, I still try to shield my ears.  I’m just like the many pets that feel anxiety because of fireworks.

Luckily, I live in a condo, and the homeowners’ association has banned fireworks in the neighborhood.  However, in surrounding blocks, some people light them, so I am not free from them entirely.  The good news is that our two kitties do not seem to be bothered by them.

Fireworks are unavoidable.  They happen every year and sometimes without warning.  Occasionally, randomly they will occur throughout the year as people use their leftovers.  It never fails that I get startled, especially when the fireworks are unexpected.  I would be better off without fireworks, and I’m sure many furry or feathered creatures would agree with me.

© Stacey Guenther  July 2, 2022

Written for https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2022-week-27/

A Mournful Day

In Memory of a Green Friend – A Haiku

farewell tall old tree
a friend in the summertime
giving us cool shade

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(Based on the big old tree behind our house that the homeowners’ association had cut down yesterday, June 6, 2022. That tree was many stories tall!)

Haiku and fractal © Stacey Guenther