Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

FLASH 55 PLUS!

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)

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PLUS!

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.


8 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hey everyone,

Wishing you all a very happy independence day :D sharing my poem "Veronica Veronese", inspired by the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Hope you guys like it :D

Thank you Kerry for this wonderful opportunity :D

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Not at my best today, but cannot resist these things!

Outlawyer said...

A very cool challenge, Kerry. I'm not sure I was quite up for it, but tried! k.

Jim said...

Hi Kerry -- today I wrote for you and the toads and dwellers a worthless little senyru foursome that has a lesson of sorts for someone, maybe only the writer. But it was fun, enjoyable for this devilish writer.

Blogoratti said...

Great challenge indeed. Best wishes!

Marian said...

Hi, Friends. Hope all is wonderful in your part(s) of the world.

Other Mary said...

I love this combination of writing prompts. Thank you!

Susie Clevenger said...

Great challenge Kerry. It gave me an opportunity to vent. :)