February Year of the Rat Writing Contest Prompts — 50 words exactly

Okay, Happy Valentine’s Day in advance.  I love you all.

This month how about 50 words max.  Sounds good to me.

Here are some prompts you can use or not; it’s to you.  Joy Gold actually used the kitchen sink in one of her January pieces.  You can use the kitchen sink as well.  All prompts this month are From Bamboo Ridge, The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly, No. 41, Winter 1989, New Moon.

From “Visiting Hickam Air Force Base, 1956,” by Mavis Hara

“You’re a Jap,” he screams.
I have just learned
my Japanese eyes
are dangerous.

(14 word excerpt)

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From “This Rocking Chair,” by Juliet Kono

Often, after a bath and long day,
he slumped into the rocking chair,
lit a cigarette,
supported his swollen feet on the porch railing,
and he looked beyond the gullies,
his canefields, Wailuku River,
the harbor that first received him,
then to the first stars on the horizon,
and the swift darkness
gathering at his feet.

(56 words)

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From “Get Space,” by Sue Lin Chong

Pausing before the immaculately swept pathway to her home, Mrs. Minayoshi tried to banish the idea of her husband leaving his business twice a week to meet another woman.  As hard as she tried to push these thoughts from her mind, she felt suffocated by the images of him and another woman exploring each other’s bodies and gasping with pleasure.

(61 word excerpt)

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Remember that we are writing 50 words exactly this month.  Good luck, and good editing.


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