More Prompts for the February Year of the Rat Writing Contest — Exactly 50 words

Here are some more writing prompts for February.  Remember, it’s entries of EXACTLY 50 words this month.

From “Scenes from Childhood:  Palolo Valley,” by Joseph S.M.J. Chong

All I can remember is Anita curled up on the parlor floor screaming as my father stood above her, leather belt in hand, lashing her.  My mother was trying with no success to stop the attack, and all I can accurately recall is the sense f fear, the unmistakable sensation of violence let loose.  It is only a tableau that I can present here; it would be pure invention to describe the scene with greater detail.

(73 word excerpt)

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From “Kindergarten,” by Wing Tek Lum

She is walking over to her friends
with her back towards me.
Somehow I can sense
that she has forgotten about me already.
The morning is fresh and clear
and I drive away with only a father’s regret.

(38 word excerpt)

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From “Chinese New Year,” by Eric Chock

hard of hearing
he feels firecrackers
vibrating in his heart

(10 word excerpt)

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From “Pa-ke,” by Herbert K.K. Chun

Ling Wan has died.  i helped
throw him into the sea.  his
feet were cold and stuff.  his
toenails were black.  I wear his
sandals.  I keep his last
words.  they are,
“do not let me die.”

(37 word excerpt)

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From “Digging for Lotus Roots,” by Kathleen Ngit Jun Young

I’ve already determined, with a quick glance, that Popo looks very nice, peaceful, her face lightly powdered, jade earrings in her ears, a pearl between her lips to light the way.  I don’t think about the pearl, the darkness of death to be lit in an imaginary, or at least unknown, journey.  If I must look at her, I look at the jade.  I’ve never seen those earrings before.

(69 word excerpt)

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All excerpts are from Paké:  Writings by Chinese in Hawaii, Bamboo Ridge, The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly, No. 42 and 43, Spring and Summer 1989.

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These are only suggested prompts.  Use them as you will — or won’t.

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