Saturday Mix — Lorraine 18.03.17

Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lorraine’s version – where there is an melding of flash fiction prose with poetics and the shadorma. You can take on any or all of the challenges.

Zoe’s Six Sentence Stories, Uncharted: Recording Life Under the Radar, and Sonya’s Three Line Tales are two forms of flash fiction based on structure, with less emphasis on word count. Six Sentence Stories has a word as it’s prompt; Three Line Tales, a photograph.

Today, I’d like to introduce a compromise – Four Sentence/Line Flash – to tell a story within 4 lines/sentences of text. Just how run-on can you make your sentences? To inspire you, I’ve provided both a picture and a word prompt.


prompt word: walk(ing)

photograph © Lorraine 2017


Keeping in a flash mode, let’s explore the brevette poetic form:

“Created by Emily Romano, the brevette consists of a subject (noun), verb, and object (noun), in this exact order. The verb shows an ongoing action – so the letters in the verb should be spaced out.  There are only three words in the poem.

Each of the three words may have any number of syllables, but it is desirable that the poem have balance in the choice of these words. Unlike haiku, there are no other rules to follow.

For example,


r a d i a t e s


(c) Emily Romano


(from the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie side bar: glossary of forms, poetic terminology and literary devices.)

I’ll leave you to find your own inspiration for your brevette.

A shadorma is:

a non-rhyming, six line poem (sestina) with the following syllable count:  3/5/3/3/7/5. It can be one or multiple stanzas.

This week, try drawing your inspiration from your writing space. Mine is the kitchen table, surrounded by the moveable: spice grinders; placemats; kettle; me. The rest is fixed: cupboards, sink, window, stove, fridge. Or, if your writing space proves uninspiring, feel free to refer back to the 4 Line/Sentence Flash picture/word.

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