Legacies of the American-Vietnam War

Somewhere in Vietnam, a deformed child begs for change (an unacknowledged, third generation victim of the spray) A few streets over, an ARVN soldier is turned away from the V.A. (only “freedom fighters” are eligible for benefits, they say) In Can Tho, a tourist takes his first bite of Banh Xeo (pleasantly surprised to find…

The Movie Made

Ralph says, When I first came here, my Army days, this whole place was kind of a blank canvas. We’re sitting on the wall at Magic Island watching the waves roll in under the setting sun.  I’ve known Ralph for 50 years.  We met in a philosophy class at the University of Hawai‘i. I know what you mean, I say.  It was like…

May 2024 Year of the Tiger Bamboo Shoots Writing Challenge Prompts

Okay, Happy May, I hope everybody got lei’d on the 1st. Now that we’re coming into summer, it’s time to start heating up the writing. So without further ado here are possible prompts for May — which you can ignore if you want to write about anything. Pieces in any language other than English are…

Jewels of Inferno

My challenge was the Golden Shovel: A newer form, inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks. I took a line from an existing poem and used each word as the end word in my own lines. This is the line from the poem I chose. There is no greater sorrow than to recall our times of joy in…

April 2024 Year of the Tiger Bamboo Shoots Writing Challenge Prompts

Aloha e. Happy Tax Season to all of you. I hope you get large returns. I got $1 back from the State this year. Score! Now, here’s what we’re up to this month. Let’s write between 100 and 1000 words. These are some prompts.You know the story. You can use the prompts, or you can…

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