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Saturday, July 4, 2015


Greetings to all poets, and Happy Independence day to our friends in the USA.
It is time for this month's Flash 55 Challenge. The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS.

Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
(1864 - 1870)



You shall leave everything you love 
most dearly. This is the arrow 
that the bow of exile shoots first.

You are to know the bitter taste
of other’s bread, how salt it is, and how hard a path
it is for one who goes descending and ascending other’s stairs...

Modern Translation of Canto 17, Paradiso, Dante Alighieri
For a more traditional translation of the entire Canto 17, click HERE.

The optional extra for this Mini-Challenge is to draw inspiration from either the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, or the writings of Dante Alighieri.

This challenge is posted at noon on Saturday and remains open and featured until midnight on Monday, so please feel free to post your response at any time. I will read and comment on all links.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Transforming with Nature's Wonders

Hello, a trip to China on gossamer wings anyone?

Luoping County is located in Qujing Prefecture, YunnanChina.
The county of Luoping in eastern Yunnan is noted for its beautiful scenery in spring, when its fields of canola (also known as rapeseed) flowers are in full bloom, surrounding the area's mountains with a sea of golden flowers to spectacular effect.

Canola field in Luoping cc wiki by Fanghong

Feel free to try your hand exploring any point of view that pleases you.
Flower, butterfly or insect, native of the land, tourist, mountain...
you get the idea...research the area if you like and bring us some facts.

It's a springboard for inspiration...

Write something new, have fun
and enjoy each other's creative offerings.

Thank you, and happy weekend to ALL in the garden.