Second Writing Prompt for November — Our 100-Word Contest Returns

Remember, this month we’re writing pieces that are EXACTLY 100 words in length.  Prose, poetry, a hybrid style, anything goes, but make sure your entry is exactly 100 words.  The title does not count in the word count.

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There is neither light
nor fuel for light in the paper
lanterns swinging on the slanted poles.
I stand before the stones, touching
names that coil and swing out,
a Braille that even with more light
I could not read.  From the silence
birds fly up at my step,
their blue wings opening like fans
women might carry on a river
thick with fog.

From “The Japanese Cemetery at Nuuanu,” by Susan Heroy, from Bamboo Ridge, The Hawai’i Writers’ Quarterly, No. 11, June – August 1981, Full Moon

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Ho’ohihi mau ka mana’o
E ho’i i ka poli ō Ka’ū
Ka umauma ho’opumehana
I ka pā mau i nā welelau ō kō lā

Mai ‘Ōhaikea ā hiki i Kalae
Ho’oipo ana lāua i nā pali
Nā pu’u ō nā kula uliuli
I hehi mau ‘ia e nā kūpuna.

[The mind is ever enchanted
To return to the bosom of Ka’u,
The warm breast,
to the constant touch of the essence of your sun.

From ‘Ohaikea to Kalae
They embrace the cliffs,
The hills of the verdant uplands
Long trod by the ancestors.]

From “Ka’u, the Homeland,” by Aunty Edith Kanaka’ole, translated by Kalani Meinecke, from Talk Story Big Island Anthology, edited by Arnold Hiura, Stephen Sumida, and Martha Webb, 1979


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