Category Archives: Challenges

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Haiga

In response to Colleen Chesebro’s weekly call for entries to her Poetry Challenge. This is a Haiga, which incorporates as image with a senryu or haiku. Words I choose to use” DREAMS and MAGIC.

Text and photograph are personal property of Annette Rochelle Aben 

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Dress Up

Pretending

Gussied in sparkles

Feathered shoes

Neon nails

Twas magical amusement

For a five year old

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

synonyms only for the words HOBBY and PLAY

this is a Shadorma (26 syllables 3/5/3/3/7/5

Yuck

She always hated camping. The bugs, sleeping on the ground and the weird outhouse bathrooms. Yuck! Here at her grandfather’s place just outside of Bouche, Quebec, Canada, they may have been in a cabin, but it was still like camping. Hauling water in a bucket from the lake to wash dishes, to cook with and with wash your hands before meals. Yuck!

And there was that hateful outhouse! Only during the day, of course. At night, there were buckets in each of the two bedrooms. Buckets that had to be washed out the next day before hauling the water.

In response to Charli Mills’ call for entries to her 99 word Flash Fiction for March 21st, theme based around a bucket of water.  Care to participate? Follow this link…

https://carrotranch.com/2019/03/21/march-21-flash-fiction-challenge/

She of Many Talents

She commands the crowd

Blending more bounce to the ounce

With a golden voice

She performs those risqué tunes

Shaking her ample booty

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

No, Means No

She hated their Michigan Basement; cement brick walls and a dirt floor. If not for the washing machine being down there, she had no reason to be down there. She started her laundry and turned to run back upstairs, when the sight of her father’s work bench caught her eye.

Hammers, hand saws, baby food jars of nails, all lined up neat and tidy. She noticed, but wondered why he didn’t, that something was missing. A shudder ran through her body to think what would happen if he found that she stashed his chisel under her mattress and why.

 In response to the March 14th Flash Fiction challenge issued by Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch Literary Community. Using the prompt of CHISEL. Follow the link below to participate!

https://carrotranch.com/2019/03/14/march-14-flash-fiction-challenge/

Little Rascals

Mess cleaned up

Suddenly a crash

A new mess

Bigger still

As a result, she just sighed

Puppies in charge

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Bed Fellows

A little girl needed a room of her own, especially when her siblings closest in age, were all boys. She was given the space off the bathroom. A space normally used for storage. Besides, she could lock the door. She could find privacy there.

She didn’t mind sleeping on an old mattress, covered in quilts. There was a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling, so she could read. She gladly traded the feel of the mice that ran across her legs at night over her father’s demands. She chose sleeping in mouse turds rather than her own blood.

 Written for Charli Mills’ 99 word flash fiction challenge for March 7, 2019. A story about MICE.