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3 Word Wednesday Excuse

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Writing prompt given

Last week at Three Word Wednesday

Not taken, plans awry;

Blame the duties of real life

For this writing hiatus.


This silly Tanka utilizes the prompt given this week at Three Word Wednesday:

  • Awry
  • Blame
  • Hiatus

Please play along. You may write whatever strikes your fancy, poem or prose, something very short or longer.

Who’s Bored?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

It is not living,

This habit of being bored,

This jaded ennui.

Laziness, ingratitude

Have settled deep in that heart.


I truly hate the complaint, “I’m bored!” There is so much to learn about this wide world in which we live; there are so many books to read; so many skills to gain; so many places to go; so many people to meet. That’s what I have to say about that: Banish such a stupid thought!


This tanka is a response to the prompts given today at Three Word Wednesday:

  • Bored
  • Habit
  • Settle

Please play along, if you’re so inclined. Feel free to simply use these three words in a blog post, a short story, or a poem.

Three Word Wednesday – Debra’s Tanka

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Here is another response to the 3 Word Wednesday prompts (intimate, river, waiting) in the form of a tanka written by my daughter, Debra:

Rivers of song draw

Pull me on. Lost and waiting;

Intimate recall.

Why am I here in valleys,

These deep places full of song?

Three Word Wednesday – Back Roads Walk

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Rivers of sunlight

Stream through the green canopy;

Fluttering leaves glow.

Waiting to hear a bird call:

Intimate, back roads moment.

This Tanka is a response to the prompts given this week at 3 Word Wednesday:
• Intimate
• River
• Waiting

3 Word Wednesday, a poetic dialogue

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The Mother speaks:

Sometimes unnoticed,

Cleaning, cooking and caring,

Done time and again

Million acts of selfless love;

The way to show I love you.

The Child speaks:

Do you love me, Mom?

I ask a million questions;

Though you’re so busy

I want to spend time with you,

Not unnoticed day by day.

The Mother replies:

Childhood time passes,

A million precious details

Hidden in my heart,

Not unnoticed, but treasured;

I love you now, and always.

These three tanka poems are a response to the Three Word Wednesday
prompt for today, using the words:

  • Million
  • Time
  • Unnoticed

Three Word Wednesday Tanka

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The prompts given this week for Three Word Wednesday

  • Gamble
  • Omitted
  • Temporary

My contribution is the following Tanka:

3WordWednesday Tanka

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

The prompts this week for Three Word Wednesday

  • History
  • Narrow
  • Spent

In response, I present you with this tanka:

Small kindnesses shown,

Mundane works oft’ repeated,

Days spent quietly;

The history of my life

Would fill a narrow volume.

Sneaky Three Word Wednesday

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

(I saw this cute LOL cat over at Shannon’s Moments of Introspection.)

Here it is, Three Word Wednesday, and I’ve not yet written a post using the three word prompts. In fact, it’s getting on towards Thursday.

My first excuse for not yet writing is that it’s been a very busy Wednesday in my real world. I went out to breakfast with some friends, and did some shopping, then tackled the usual domestic duties. Oh, I also enjoyed a walk this lovely summer day.

My second excuse is, like the pictured feline, I’m feeling dumb. In order to write something, anything at all, I elected to take the shortcut of, perhaps inappropriately, telling you why I couldn’t come up with much today.

So, there you have my excuses, with the prompts, inappropriate, order, and shortcut neatly tucked in. Please spare me your castigations; I’ll try to do better next week, though I’ll probably be even busier. 🙂

Three Word Wednesday first-timer

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Today I’m participating in a writing prompt which is new to me (though it’s been around for some time) called 3WW, or Three Word Wednesday. The three words to be used today are:

  • Indifferent
  • Pour
  • Reason

To use these words, I employ a Tanka poetry form, and find inspiration in the parable told by Christ in Matthew 25:31-46:

A heart that loves God

Pours out love to man also;

Not indifferent

To suffering; the reason

Is God’s love flowing through him.

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)