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Morpheus

I love flash fiction—complete stories told in a limited amount of words. When I began writing it, I stuck to the 100-word limit ERWA set. The spare format forces a writer to think about every word, every line, and is a great writing exercise.

My love started early; the first flash fiction that blew me away was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. He wrote it using only fifty words: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

Reading that list, 100 words feels positively decadent.

When I set out to write my first flasher, I got to thirty-seven words and felt complete. This is probably the closest thing to a poem I’ve written:

In my sleep
you came, all stillness,
muse-shadowed like night
kissed by the wet tongue of Morpheus

I devoured you there,
painted you under the moon—
velvet lust in red strokes,
silver etchings of tears

6 comments:

  1. You should write more...like this. Haunting.

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  2. elisa,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, and for reading, and taking the time to comment. It's nice to know my words are reaching people here.

    Z

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  3. Words are tricky things, and in the right hands, clever creatures.

    You're being read, Zander, and enjoyed.

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  4. djaevle,

    I love the way you put that. I've a feeling you know well the slippery nature of words. Perhaps I'll return the compliment one day.

    Thank you...for reaching out.

    Z

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  5. Zander,

    This is just so beautiful.

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  6. Thanks, eve. I don't venture into poetry often so knowing you read it, and liked it, gives me pleasure.

    Thanks for reading with me,
    Z

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