Each one was wonderful and I loved reading them. Clearly there can be no "best" or "winner" here; each of our lives are too special for that.
There were some particularly lovely pieces of writing, and clever uses of form though, and here's my list. YOUR list may vary. We're BOTH right!
I know Hank isn't that old, but what a great visual
french sojourn 7:12am
Just four small words, but packs a punch, no?
Ken Frisbie, Jr. 8:24am
Doubling down: eight small words that pack a punch.
E.M. Goldsmith 8:46am
Sick and abandoned
Surprised by Joy
Loved these two lines
Marie McKay 10:37am
Thinking the crap out of things.Adrienne Kisner 11:00am
Thinking myself out of crap.
Then I read YA and stayed
to write it.
This just cracked me up completely
John Davis (manuscript) Frain 2:04pm
A man of few words.
Except in November. Then,
Holy Smokes, I'm grabbing this reader and getting the rest of the story here toot sweet (sic)!
Sharyn Ekbergh 10:28am
I think we need to know more about this too!
Barbara Etlin 2:06pm
I love this phrase with all my heart
Karen McCoy 2:27pm
Our Kates (Higgins and Larkindale) were great, but both DQ'ed on word count
(it was 25 this time, not 100.)
Here are the entries I particularly resonated with.
AA Greene 7:55am
Master of counting
Death & taxes (just taxes)
Keeper of books
Keeper of house
Keeper @ school
Master of self, & books :)
I like the use of punctuation here to add zest to the poem.
Timothy Lowe 8:34am
Scribbler (King wannabee)
Poet (Eliot wannabee)
Guitarist (Garcia wannabee)
Brooding college student (Morrison wannabee)
Teacher (Keating wannabee)
Bandmate (Levine wannabee)
Husband (me wannabee)
Father (writer wannabee)
Writer (no going back)
I love the sense of the writer coming into himself here. We all start as wannabe somethings, right. And note it's "wannabee" two e's here, like the bee. That's a nice subtle touch to give the reader a sense of flitting from one thing to another before finding the right flower.
Margaret Turkevich 8:50am
Curtains for the Corpse
by Margaret S. Hamilton
I love love love the sense of fulfillment here!
Steve Forti 9:24am
Scribbler, scrawler, stories to be
Subs’tute, song spin’r, sorta I.T.
Supervise, salary, ‘soff to work I go
Steve Forti: Super Dad, Sharkly prompt maestro
I love the rhythm of this. And of course Steve has put his own personal spin on the contest with this. Just wonderful stuff!
Megan V 9:47am
Lost girl wishing for Neverland
Flew through school
Then law school
Took jobs along the way
Joined the criminal justice league
That last line just makes me wriggle with happiness. It's fun and the perfect ending!
corporate impostor -> no
self-employed renegade -> no
disenchanted educator -> no
rogue writer -> know
I'm a total sucker for word play in these writing contests, and this one is just wonderful.
Elissa M 11:24am
Life's a circleI love that the specific story here is truly the universal story for us all too. And those first two lines are perfect.
Not a line
Ever turning to catch the wonder
And trying again
Colin Smith 11:45am
Words in GermanI would have known this was Colin's even had his name not been on it. That's a pretty neat trick to pull off in so few words.
Words in English
Words in music
Words in books
Word made flesh
Words of love
Words in code
Words yet published
She Who Must Be Obeyed
Doesn't this just make you want to be friends with Kdjames? Yea, me too!
Laura Moe 5:09pm
Struggling to find
When the rest
Of the world
Like Elissa M, this entry is personal, and yet also universal. It's the perfect metaphor for memoir: it's about the writer, but it's also about all of us who are reading her work.
Each entry was lovely; thank you all for taking the time to write, and share with all of us here. Truly a wonderful group of comments to read.
Have a fabulous day!