Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Less - Short Shorts

30 words or less.

On Writing
Skulking about the edges, picking up discarded words and thoughts, stringing them to sell to tourists at the next bazaar.

Motives
It's never enough, is it? Eyes fixed on me in longing. Hint of accusation; hot breath on my face. You want a kiss? Or is your food bowl empty.

Archeology
I lift the lid on the chest. Brittle petals, a yellowed veil, and dust on my hands as I extricate the mummified remains of hope.

Weft
The pictures and letters are gone; I am but a dream, one of many threads forever woven through the truth of you.

To Dust
Once there was an entire life on the page, but now it is only eraser crumbs and graphite dust, mingling with the other microscopic particles I shed.











18 comments:

  1. It amazes me how one can write so much in such a few words. Excellent.

    Yvonne.

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  2. Precious, my favorite is the archeology.

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  3. I don't visit writing blog much although Ilove writing but it takes too long, but this post here, a little gem, wow

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  4. Wow really I wanted to read it again, like I said A GEM

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  5. You are just amazing. I want to give this a try. I can see it help the "diarrhea of the writer" syndrome. We use that for improv actors who can't shut up: Diarrhea of the Mouth. Less is more, most times.

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  6. Submit these to a Twitter-fic mag posthaste!

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  7. I love the archaeology one! Wonderful snippets.

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  8. I'm usually turned off by jaded or cynical descriptions of craft, but the 'On Writing' opening captures the feeling of a highly rejected writer. I liked this, thank you for sharing.

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  9. Beautiful work, Li. I always struggle to be concise, but you make it look so easy, and with such splendid results. (Also, I know a certain someone with those exact same motives...)

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  10. Brilliant Lisa. You can truly say infinite things is so strongly finite situations. Great work.

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  11. I love the archeology one! Such pretty pictures in so few words.

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  12. Aww, I like the motives one :-) And congratulations on your Lancaster piece - that sounds like quite an adventure.

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  13. I love them all.

    Your writing is always so well-crafted, however long or short it is.

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  14. Nice to meet you. Those brief glimpses are well written and inspiring.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

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  15. Is that a dog, I presume? Dogs can make you feel guilty for absolutely no reason at all!

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  16. Is it OK if I quote Weft and Motives in an upcoming post? I would link back to here.

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    1. Sorry about the delay. Of course, as long as it's attributed. :-)

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