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, January 2, 2016

Flash 55 PLUS!

Greetings to all poets and friends!
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.

2015 National Geographic Grand Prize Winner
Dirt by James Smart
Free Wallpaper



For the optional extra part of this challenge, I invited you to look back on the past year by viewing the winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2015. (Click HERE) The photos are offered as wallpaper, which may be downloaded free of charge. Please acknowledge the photographer on your site if you decide to use a picture from that source.


Outlawyer said...

Hey Kerry--I had seen these 2015 pics before and really enjoyed looking at them again. Then I wrote two 55s, one I think I like better than the either, but neither were really informed by a particular photograph, though they were by the outdoors--will think about retrofitting, or just posting to my own pic and coming up with something from those beautiful N Geo pics. A bit disturbed as Rupert Murdoch has now purchased N Geo. Agh. k.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You can post as many poems as you write, Karin. And your photos are always memorable. This is an open challenge, so please don't be restricted by the Plus! part.

Outlawyer said...

Thanks. The ngeo pics are great, but the poems just came on their own--I've been so stressed lately that poetry has become more and more of a relief and one much needed, so they are coming out of the woodwork a bit! k.

brudberg said...

So many great pictures to be inspired from... great choice... and 55 words is always fun to do..

hedgewitch said...

A great plus, Kerry--so many wonderful pics--I had a 55 in the wings, but did find a picture that suited it well, as I had left my image choice till now. Thanks! Will be by tomorrow to read and visit.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I had not seen the picture of the fisher girl cleaning the oil spill before. I had read about the spill quite a bit, but missed that particular photo. Thank you, Kerry... that image touched me deeply.

Jim said...

Hi Kerry ~~ This one was a fun one even though my computer go persnickety and I had to restart it. It balks on the N. Geographic's slide show. I started on my iPad but it balks at transferring the photo.
I chose the "Orangutan in the Rain" which was up front in the slide show. My 'poem', as it often is, isn't much. A slight admonition perhaps. But FUN, FUN, FUN, since my T-Bird flooded under three feet plus of flood water. (That was in 1969.)

Outlawyer said...

Hi Kerry--I hadn't originally meant to have the other three, but thought kind of interesting--this one a small --ha! meaning actually just one 55--and also pretty simple--everyone is doing such wonderful ones this prompt--k.

Susie Clevenger said...

What amazing photos! Thanks for sharing them Kerry!

Margaret said...

I have been absent this past week but will try and do this and Fireblossom's challenge. As well as visit and comment on the one I hosted. Holiday has been wonderful but I think routine will be a nice change. Maybe :)