Prose Challenge –
In less than 175 words, write a story that uses the sound of a beating heart for dramatic effect.
The silence screamed for a voice.
Footsteps falter, tears threaten.
Lights low, shapes unfamiliar.
A steady rhythm, trance-like in its refrain.
No variance, the ticking of time.
A second, a moment, a minute, an hour, a day.
All separate, but part of the whole.
Part of him.
Coats and uniforms bustling in their duty.
Checking, tweaking, replacing, squeezing.
Wires and drips, needles and blood, cuffs and tubes.
The rhythm: constant, hypnotic.
Not wanting, but knowing the inevitable.
For it to stop.
Seconds, moments, minutes.
Then it does.
Poetry Challenge –
Write a 13 line poem that is inspired by matters of the heart.
I show the world my heart,
Fresh as Summer grass,
Wide as a sunny smile.
Who notices me?
People pass me by,
Heads looking ahead
Eyes see, but they don’t see me,
I am here, but not considered worthy.
Embracing each new day,
I live and flourish for a time.
Just like this leaf perhaps,
Plain, wavering in the wind,
But a heart nonetheless.