Photos by Sarah, Thursday Doors

Queanbeyan Showgrounds

Technically a gate not a door but I love the unusual shape of each doorway and the overall Art Deco feel to the entrance of the show grounds in my childhood town…

Prompt: Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors – December 14, 2017

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Haiku / Senryu, Poetry by Sarah

Steampunk

Steampunk themed party.
Need to find something to wear!
Victorian flair.

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit Pixabay

Prompt: Ronovan Writes, Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt, Challenge #179 – flare (flair) and steam

Author’s Note: Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk worlds are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage.

Free Verse, Poetry by Sarah, Scribblings by Sarah

Fall

One last assault,
as we run towards the finish line.
I can’t afford to fall.

But
I
do.

As I sail to the ground,
my knees nudging the earth,
I realise I am their puppet.

It’s too deep-seated –
and I have no case for change.
So I find myself a bar instead…

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Sunday Whirl, Wordle 329, Words: run, bar, deep, nudge, last, assault, case, afford, seat, puppet, fall, sail

Scribblings by Sarah, Stories by Sarah

The Anniversary

It was The Anniversary of the Zombie Apocalypse Take 2, and aside from Missing An Eye, it hadn’t been the House Of Bones they’d been expecting. It was beyond Insatiable Doubt really, that The Old Sawmill had remained virtually untouched. Whispers in the Wall advised them, that All That Lies Broken was The Jagged Piece outside the door. As they finally ventured out into the remains of the world, cheers surrounded them. The Sound of Pride of those who’d survived.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Sunday Writing Prompt, #232 – It’s All In The Title. Task: Choose one or more of the titles below and fashion a poem or story around it – The Old Sawmill, Insatiable Doubt, The Missing Eye, House of Bones, Zombie Apocalypse Take 2, The Jagged Piece, All That Lies Broken, Whispers in the Wall, The Sound of Pride.
The Anniversary

Other, Poetry by Sarah

Reflection

Reality versus
Expectation. My
Face peers back at me and I
Long for an eraser to rub out the
Eternity of lines
Cut into my skin.
This is me now
I realise, and though
Objectionable ageing may be,
No one can escape time.

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit pxhere

Prompt: Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt, #32 – Reflection, Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of the first word of each line spells out “reflection” as it is read from top to bottom.

Stories by Sarah

Death by Roses

Death by Roses, she thought, Death by Roses. What kind of a name for a perfume was that anyway?!

She reigned in her thoughts and tried to focus on the array before her. It didn’t help that the rows upon rows of delicate little bottles stood behind locked glass doors. She strained to see the names and brands, but ‘Death by Roses’ continued to elude her.

Exasperated, she finally decided to ask someone. If she didn’t get the right one, Heaven help her! What would be a minor catastrophe for most, would become a major catastrophe for her sister. Drama queen! she raged internally, while externally, she smiled, and asked the overly quiffed, but pleasant enough looking sales assistant, for, well…assistance.

“It’s right over here,” the girl indicated, with a sweep of her carefully painted fingernails.

Following her, the girl reached for a key attached to a stretchy chain on her pants.

“We have to keep these cabinets locked,” she stated apologetically, “you know, for the, um, shoplifters.” She lowered her voice as she uttered the last word, unnecessarily, as surely, the shoplifters wouldn’t care.

She picked up a small, blush coloured bottle. It was elaborately shaped into a rose; quite exquisite really. However, in contrast to the pretty pale glass was a black, thorned stem that wrapped around the bottle, culminating in a large thorn that formed the cap. How had she missed it? she wondered. It was altogether, a grotesque juxtaposition of a bottle. And aptly named. The black stem appeared to be choking the rose.

“It’s one of our most popular fragrances,” the sales assistance continued, “would you like to try it?”

“Er, no, thanks. It’s a gift.”

The girl beamed, “Oh wonderful! A present! Shall I have it gift wrapped for you then?”

“Yes please,” she replied, feeling grateful that she didn’t have to attend to that tedious task as well. Her sister would appreciate the professional touch, rather than her own clumsy fingers struggling with sticky tape and awkwardly presenting the perfume in a misshapen, mess of wrapping paper.


Finally making an exit from the crowded shopping mall, she breathed a sigh of relief that her the last of her Christmas shopping was done.

Until, she realised she couldn’t remember which entrance she had parked her car. Dammit! she cursed. Why hadn’t she been paying attention?

She began trawling through her memory; trying to recall landmarks, colours, shops, anything that would help her. She walked and walked, row after row. She was positive it was in this area. Maybe it had been stolen, she thought, dreading the idea.

Frustrated, and not knowing what else to do, she went to the concierge desk to ask for help.

“Have you checked the other levels?” the young man suggested, “this happens quite a bit, you know.”

Of course! Stupid!

“No. I’ll do that now, thank you,” she replied sheepishly.

At this rate, she would miss her family’s Christmas Eve celebrations altogether! Starting to panic a little, she trekked to the floor above, and searched the car park once more. Still, no car.

However, on the third level, there it was. She sighed. Her trusty, red sedan, was patiently waiting, right where she had left it.

Tossing her packages in the back, she opened the door and jumped in. She hastily put the key in the ignition, threw the car into reverse and hurried out of the car park. She winced as her tyres screeched on the glossy grey concrete.


“You’re late!” her sister pointed out as she opened the door.

“Nice to see you too, sis,” she retorted sarcastically. “Sorry, it’s been a day. You know?”

“Yes, I know,” her sister conceded, “Christmas Eve is always crazy. I don’t know why you leave these things to the last minute!”

Because I work two jobs and only get one day off a fortnight, she thought, through gritted teeth. Deciding to ignore the admonishment, she laughed nervously, said nothing and walked through the door, to join the rest of her family.

The minute she saw her mother, father, grandparents and brother, she immediately relaxed. They rushed to greet her and as they hugged and kissed, she thought, what a prickly rose her sister was. Indeed, it was a fitting choice for her perfume.

They had waited for her, and hadn’t eaten yet, so the family convened to the table, said grace and commenced their Christmas Eve traditions. They ate roast turkey, complete with all the trimmings, drank lots of wine and all pretended they couldn’t possibly fit in dessert, before giving into protestations from the host. They talked and talked and caught up on all that was news in each other’s lives. They reminisced and spoke of friends and family no longer here. They spoke of good times and of bad, but also how they’d banded together to get through. This is what Christmas is about, she thought happily.

Next, they moved to the lounge room for the family Kris Kringle. As they started to give and receive gifts, butterflies began to dance in her stomach. She hoped her sister would be pleased. She held her breath as her sister grasped the small package in her hands.

“What beautiful wrapping!” she exclaimed. “Did you do this yourself?”

“Yes,” she found herself lying. She hated how her sister knew that she hadn’t.

“Ooooooh! Death by Roses!!!” she squealed excitedly. “How did you know?”

Rolling her eyes, she gave her mother a look, and smiled, “Just a hunch. Glad you like it.”

Her sister quickly extracted the thorn covered bottle and uncapped the lid. She squirted and sprayed liberally, her wrists and neck, before rushing around the room and spraying everyone else.

“Isn’t this scent divine? Just to die for!” she gushed.

Feeling pleased her sister loved her gift, she didn’t notice at first. It was subtle. A rushing of red to her face, and quickening of her pulse. She thought it may be the wine.

But then the coughing started, and the tightening of her throat. Just like when she was younger. Her eyes began to swell and bug in her face. Her lips began to tingle, and welts appeared on her skin.

She heard her mother scream, and then someone else say, “I thought she’d grown out of her anaphylaxis!”

Just before the world went black, she had one last fleeting thought…

Death by Roses, she thought, Death by Roses.

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit Pixabay

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, First Line Friday – December 8th, 2017 and Saturday Mix, Opposing Forces – 9 December 2017

Challenges by Sarah, Mindlovemisery's Menagerie - Saturday Mix

Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 9 December 2017

Opposite attract 😛

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 9 December 2017!

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of OPPOSITES. Our challenge is all about “opposing forces” and the use of antithesis in our writing. You will need to use the two opposing words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our words this week are:

– exit and entrance

– major and minor

You may be asking yourself, How can I use antithetical statements in my writing?

Luckily, Kat from Literary Devices has some examples for you.
Common Antithesis Examples
Some famous antithetical statements have become part of our everyday speech and are frequently used in arguments and discussions. Below is the list of some antithetical statements:

You are easy on the eyes, but hard on the heart.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.

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Scribblings by Sarah, Stories by Sarah

Blue

She chained the door; loosely, though enough to keep others away.

Her heart was blue for now; heavy, hurt and seeking solace – like an animal licking its wounds; but invariably, that would change.

One day the chains would be smashed and the doors would open again, her heart bursting forth; ready for love once more.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Only 100 Words, Three Line Tales – Week 97

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Uncertain

Undulating road.
Wooden fingers lace, blocking
sunlight. Shadows hide
watchful eyes. Ears catch whispers.
An uncertain path is life.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Bikurgurl, 100 Word Wednesday – Week 48; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 74 – eyes and ears

Photos by Sarah, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Messages

Messages sent in letters, awaiting us ’til we get home.

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Letterboxes, Big Island, Hawaii.                                    Image credits By Sarah ©

Prompt: Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 86 – Message

Haiku / Senryu, Poetry by Sarah

The Monolith

daring to defy
gravity; standing boldly
atop granite friends

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit phunnyfotos via Pinterest

Author’s note:The Monolith is a rugged rock formation in the Mt Buffalo National Park in Victoria. It towers at 1464 meters above sea level.

Prompt: Ronovan Writes, Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt, Challenge #178 – Bold and Daring

Scribblings by Sarah

The Incident

The incident took place after a moment of forgettery in June. The external mesh had a hell of a job, holding back the flinging masses. I asked my friend if I may lend a tool to ease the effect of neglect. With a pop of the shears, the demagogue had been decapitated.

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit Laughing With Angels

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Wordle #181, Words: incident, lend, forgettery (n. a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory), external, mesh, demagogue (n. a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people), hell, fling, effect, June, decapitate, pop