Vivian Kirkfield’s 50PreciousWords

Just 50 words to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end? That is the challenge Vivian Kirkfield sets up every year beginning 2016. And what a great kindness it is–awesome prizes to entice us to ‘exercise our writing muscles and force us to make every work count’ as she explains.

This year I gathered up my courage and plunged right in:

Going Home After School

A star-punched sky

As Mom arrives.

Steady steed in the morning

At night the car a cockle-shell craft

Launched into this rushing river

Today, though,

My golden river changes

Into a red-eyed monster

Screeching to a halt.

I know then

Home will be a long time coming.