Weekly Writing Challenge #56



Poetry Suggestions
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines–no rhymes–multiple stanzas[own choice]–follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem-any theme
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables
Free Verse – No Limitations
All Use Syllable Count Except Free Verse
[Anything goes in Free Verse]
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions
Fictional Suggestions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery-Sci-Fi–Fantasy–Horror–Literary
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement

Remembrance: Marcel Proust #64

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #64
Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Illusion of Continuity

“For what we suppose
to be our love
or our jealousy
is never a single,
indivisible passion.
It is composed
of an infinity
of successive loves,
of different jealousies,
each of which is ephemeral,
by their uninterrupted multiplicity
they give us
the impression
of continuity,
the illusion of unity.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave

The New Colossus

The New Colossus on bronze plague - poet Emma Lazarus

The New Colossus on bronze plague – poet Emma Lazarus


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

~ Emma Lazarus ~


‘The New Colossus’ was written by Emma Lazarus. Created in 1883 for The Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York City, New York, U.S.. At first Emma refused but Constance Cary Harrison convinced her that the statue would be of great significance to immigrants sailing into the harbor. “The New Colossus” was the first entry read at the exhibit’s opening, but was forgotten and played no role at the opening of the statue in 1886. In 1901, Lazarus’s friend Georgina Schuyler began an effort to memorialize Lazarus and her poem, which succeeded. The text of the Sonnet was engraved on a bronze plaque in 1903 and mounted inside the monument on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

David: Episode 1

This is the series of the story of David. It is a rather strange, weird, yet humorous story about a person who doesn’t have great prospects.

David: Episode 1

Episode 1: In the series premiere of ‘David’ starring Nathan Fielder, David is told he has five weeks to live.

Written & Directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Starring: Nathan Fielder, Jenny Slate, Chris Jonen, Nelson Cheng, Brandi Austin, Sally Berman, Noel Arthur, Tony Cronin, Savannah Zapata, Raquel Bell, Victor Carrera, Bill Walton
Production Company: MEMORY

What Is Over – Release

Have you ever received an unwanted piece of mail, suspiciously guarding the identity. Curiosity causes one to open the unknown. Today, I received this kind of envelope. Never should have looked inside. If you are familiar with Harry Potter, it was from a Dementor. It enraged me, this unwelcome intrusion. I give you a poem I discovered from a post back several years. It conveys the exact nature of what to do when Dementors invade your protected space via a sneak attack. – j.kiley


‘Dementor’ by Staz Johnson  – Negative by j.kiley


burn up the pages of memories
one wished had never been lived
images better left behind

not knowing the looks of evil
does not mean it can’t be destroyed
cast out by the cleansed energy
that surrounds & protects you

rise up like the phoenix
let your life begin again
a message for us all

~ anonymous self ~


Rise of the Phoenix – Anonymous

Joseph Conrad on Writing & Art Part Three

joseph conrad art is longPart Three

It is otherwise with the artist.

Confronted by the…enigmatical spectacle the artist descends within himself, and in that lonely region of stress and strife, if he be deserving and fortunate, he finds the terms of his appeal. His appeal is made to our less obvious capacities: to that part of our nature which, because of the warlike conditions of existence, is necessarily kept out of sight within the more resisting and hard qualities — like the vulnerable body within a steel armor. His appeal is less loud, more profound, less distinct, more stirring — and sooner forgotten. Yet its effect endures forever. The changing wisdom of successive generations discards ideas, questions facts, demolishes theories. But the artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation — and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, to the solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear, which binds men to each other, which binds together all humanity — the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.

joseph conrad

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad [3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924] was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutable universe.

Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works still contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors, including T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, and Salman Rushdie. Many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, Conrad’s works.

Writing in the times when the sun never set on the British Empire, Conrad drew on, among other things, his native Poland’s national experiences, and his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world – including imperialism and colonialism – while profoundly exploring human psychology. (Wikipedia w/ editing by j.kiley)