Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Flash 55 for June 2020







Welcome all. 
I know this is a difficult, even overwhelming time for many of us, 
especially when it comes to writing. I offer the 55 as an aid to composition, as a celebration of times gone by, and for my own spur to write, and I have no expectations of anyone but myself, so if you wish to participate, that is great, but if words do not come, not even 55, I understand that as well.

The rules are as always: 
write a poem, prose poem or piece of flash fiction on any subject in exactly 55 words, no more, no less. Post the link to your entry in the comments, and I will be by to read and comment on what you have written.

Having a kickass weekend is not obligatory, but always advised.


The prompt will be live from midnight Thursday til Sunday at 4:00 PM.



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My 55:










War Of A Thousand Battles



Here's the war
of a thousand battles,
a hundred years,
war of roses
and dust.

Fight to standstill
ten dozen champions;
sometimes a win
if winning is
fighting again, 

sometimes a loss;
but always on guard in
the bloody brawl
til old soldiers
throw down the gun
and wait for
the last wave to come.







June 2020
































Images: Head of an Old Peasant, 1874, by Ivan Kramskoy      Fair Use
The Night Guard, by Odd Nerdrum             Fair Use





20 comments:

  1. And the wave is coming for us all. There is a palpable weariness in these lines.

    Regardless, wishing you a kick-ass weekend, too.

    here's mine

    https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2020/06/26/enough-to-drink-centuries/

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    1. This made me write, or rather massively re-write, an old poem, M. A craftsman's writing in yours, as always. Thanks.

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  2. This sure feels like what we're going through. And it reminds me a bit of the possibly trite, but not untrue, saying: War does not decide who is right. Only who is left.
    Hope your weekend is as kick-ass as possible. And thanks for doing this.
    https://othermary.wordpress.com/2020/06/26/3454/

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    1. And thanks for continuing the tradition, Mary.

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  3. Thanks for hosting ... running out the door now but will return to read the 55s. Here is mine. http://woonietest.blogspot.com/2020/06/wild-things.html

    Cheers.

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    1. I would love to see a pic of you in hippie form, Helem, but your 55 did a good job as substitute. Thanks!

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  4. It's like an ever narrowing road, isn't it? Last one standing, turn out the lights. I love that peasant portrait! I will be by again to read others after I compose something myself. :-)

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    1. That peasant looks like I feel. Can't wait to see what you bring forth for us, BFF.

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  5. Thank you for a place to be worried and active at the same time. :) I'm in the at-least-fighting-is-action mindset right now. Worried about what's happening to the places I'm not.

    https://openwindowopenbook.blogspot.com/2020/06/untitled.html

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    1. So glad to see you and your poetry here. I can't say when I've read a more cogent 55.

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    2. C. Sandlin, when I went to your site my computer protection, Webroot, thought it was a malicious site. Did the same for this site (Verse Escape). That's why I haven't visited and read you piece. :(

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  6. My tomfoolery:

    http://fireblossom-wordgarden.blogspot.com/2020/06/silent-bird.html

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    1. As always, your tomfoolery makes other people's seriousness look weak. ;) Thanks, Shay for writing in spite of all the mania-inducing evils besetting you.

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  7. Some wars seem to never end. This is dark but profound and crafted as only a true poet could. I will do my best to be back Joy. I do so appreciate and enjoy your 55's! Wishing you a wonderful weekend too!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. You are always welcome at the 55.

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  8. The thought of a “win” as staying alive to fight again and again is horrifying. But true. Have a healthy safe weekend! Kick ass too.

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  9. So tired of fighting. The noise gets louder and solutions fade to whispers. Fantastic writing Joy! Always blessed to read your work. Here is my 55:
    https://blackinkhowl.blogspot.com/2020/06/dreamless-moon.html

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  10. Hi Hedge, I have gone rather silent, but will rally........I always love reading you, regardless.

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  11. Hope you have a great weekend everyone. I managed to combine my Muse with my 55 so that I could return. Thank you Joy for keeping us writing!
    https://dancingwithelephants2.blogspot.com/2020/06/smoke-mirrors.html

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  12. For soldiers kept aloft on bladders of blood

    sometimes a win
    if winning is
    fighting again,

    sometimes a loss;
    but always on guard in
    the bloody brawl

    'Tis a weariness fer sure when axes fly til the Morrigan signs alone. -B

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"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats