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, December 5, 2015

Flash 55 Plus






Greetings, denizens of the Garden, hedgewitch here standing in for Kerry, who has been dragged away by the tedious demands of the real world and nasty things like employment. I will do my best in her place to host this monthly event, where the rules are short and sweet:
Write exactly 55 words--no more, no less--of prose, poetry or microfiction  on the topic of your choice, and link it to this challenge.






PLUS!

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To make things more interesting, as always there is an optional plus to the prompt for those who want additional challenge or guidance, and for this month of the winter solstice, it comes from the seasonal theme of a traditional English carol called The Holly and The Ivy. (Though this song is about as Christian as you can get, for some reason it always reminds me of Druids.)

So, using the emphasis of the carol on the two plants, and on pairings, in your 55 you must explore, contrast or complement  the idea of two: two colors, two symbols, two plants, two animals, two events, two people--well, you see where I'm going here, two of anything--or you can employ various pairings of elements as the carol does.

I want to emphasize, the Plus! part of the challenge is optional, and your piece does NOT have to be in any way about the holiday or season, but it can be if you wish.

Here is a link to the full text of the carol: The Holly and The Ivy



That's it, toadlings. Have at it, link up the results below, and don't forget to hop by your fellow toads' lilypads. I look forward to seeing double and hearing 'sweet singing in the choir.' And as always, fond memories and gratitude to the G-Man, who hosted this meme for so many years with grace and incomparable humor. He is missed.


17 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

I published a tiny poem on Instagram this morning... just three lines. It was fun to add a few more stanzas and bring it to 55. Thanks for the inspirational nudge, Hedge!

Happy Sunday, everyone. ♥

Kerry O'Connor said...

Though I do not practice religion, this has always been one of my favourite hymns. Thank you for hosting, Hedge.

Outlawyer said...

Thanks so much--lovely carol and cool post--am having a few computer issues, but will post soon! K.

hedgewitch said...

I have to do some more brush hauling this afternoon but I will be back around tomorrow to see what everyone has done.

Outlawyer said...

agh--first posted mine with wrong title! Fixed now. Crazy. Good brush hauling! k.

Mama Zen said...

Be careful hauling that brush!

brudberg said...

55 words is always fun... restrictions make it fun. I do not know why I started to think of onions.

Glenn Buttkus said...

OH yeah, a Flash 55 in memory of G-Man; terrific. I had a blast, & went with two people for the extra credit; what a good boy am I.

Margaret said...

Sorry for the double link - trying to do this on my iPhone and it has given me not a few hiccups. Thanks for hosting. I always love remember Galen.

grapeling said...

since I already posted on MZ's, won't double dip here... but Galen, here's to ya. Thanks for hosting this, HW. ~

Outlawyer said...

Hedge--I am double-dipping--but this one came out at exactly 55 words, so seemed like a sign--ha. Please feel no obligation to read! k.

Other Mary said...

Thanks for pinch hitting, Hedge. I have a rough 55, but hey, it's up! And a tip of the hat to Galen.

Marian said...

Late but here!

hedgewitch said...

Thanks everyone! And in memory of Galen, I hope you all had a kickass weekend.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A bit late to the party, but here! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Sorry to be so late.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Sorry I linked late but didn't have my computer for a week. I'll be around to read this week. Thanks!