Writing prompt for issue 14.1


House amongst redwood trees, by Frank Schulenberg

House amongst redwood trees, by Frank Schulenberg

So, here’s the image we’ve chosen as a writing prompt for the upcoming issue 14.1: Spring in Cascade Canyon, Mill Valley, California, courtesy of  photographer Frank Schulenburg. A place with a nearly fairy-tale flavor to help spark your imagination.  We hope it inspires you to surprise yourself with a small poem you may not have written otherwise. We invite you to add your best efforts to our comment box below.

We’ll include the stand-out poem(s) in our forthcoming issue, tinywords 14.1,  due out in early April.

Regular submissions will continue to be accepted at our submissions page through Monday, March 3, 2014.


Time to get lost in the woods. The Redwoods.


The Editors


102 Responses

  1. Theresa C. Says:

    moss, roots retrace
    fairy trails 

  2. Theresa C. Says:

    moss, gnarled roots trace
    fairy trails

  3. Pranav Kodial Says:

    beautiful! :)

  4. sanjuktaa Says:

    taking a detour
    the spring stumbles
    upon me

  5. haikuapprentice Says:

    not a flood
    but forests arose
    to submerge our sin

  6. Michelle Says:

    these mighty redwoods
    guarding this gingerbread house
    with filtered sunbeams
    remembering that last walk
    the things she tried to give me

  7. Lisa Helen Brown Says:

    If I happen upon
    a place such as this,
    may birds eat my trail of breadcrumbs.

  8. Romano Zeraschi Says:

    fairy forest:
    no knight goes through …
    no bird sings

  9. Marianne Paul Says:

    in the deep of my woods–
    a wolf, grandmother, woodsmen
    and a child

  10. Romano Zeraschi Says:

    into the wild…
    lost in a fake camellia's scent …
    a fairy tale

  11. Pranav Kodial Says:

    enchanting cottage in photo—
    in childhood
    t’would be instantly mine

    #Comments: A stunningly beautiful photograph, inspiring so many feelings and ideas, I couldn’t fit them into a small poem. Appreciating one of the elements would be being unfair to the others.

    Then it struck me that I was looking at this photo as a grown-up adult; admiring the blossoms, the pond-well, the stone cottage, the grassy path etc.

    So I thought of looking at the photo from another angle. Had I been a child, I’d have looked at it as a whole. The entire wondrous scene would present as a delicious starting point of a fairy tale. Instantly, I would imagine myself ‘climbing into’ the photo, making this cottage and its surroundings ‘my own’ and setting forth on a fabulous adventure!

    The poem depicts that. The first line indicating that for an adult, it is only a photograph of an enchanting cottage. The second and third lines indicate my point of view as a child.

  12. Heather Butler Says:

    my dream garden
    grows wild in the woods …
    fairies welcome

  13. harshavardhan sushant Says:

    a petal

    on each ripple

    early spring

  14. Mary Davila Says:

    I stroll into maturity
    reaching for sunlight
    through the redwoods
    my smile shifts
    into dappled shades of spring

  15. Ann K. Schwader Says:

    spring haze
    just around the bend
    a bend

  16. Julie Warther Says:

    three under five
    what lies behind
    the bathroom door

  17. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:


    all the decades
    it waited for her
    and held a place
    for her old age

    and from my blogs

    five roads
    from this corner
    now I know
    my way home
    on them all

    home from mailing
    poetry notes
    monarch butterfly
    greets me
    at the back door

    Thank you

  18. Dan Slaten Says:

    hidden cottage
    offers temporary respite
    among springtime blooms

  19. Nasrin Nazemi Says:

    Cold stone
    Caressed by the greens
    Hope is the outlook
    Inside, are the dreams

  20. Joanna M. Weston Says:

    the path
    to your door
    many leaves

  21. Joanna M. Weston Says:

    to sit
    in the shadows –
    only you

  22. AnithaVarma Says:

    tall redwoods…
    the tiny cottage nestles
    amidst rich verdure

  23. Peter Newton Says:

    in the presence of redwoods equally young

  24. John Hawkhead Says:

    through leaf clad silence
    sunlight patters from roof tiles
    into the dark pond

  25. Julie Warther Says:

    filtered sunlight . . .
    the whisper
    of fairy wings

  26. Katie Dee Says:

    Green, red, sap-blooded
    Sentinels outside my door
    Frighten me at night

  27. Billy Antonio Says:

    dreams of green things

  28. CJ Muchhala Says:

    Rose, lost in the wood,
    stumbles across a path to
    the house where fear resides

  29. Meredith Ackroyd Says:

    even the clothesline
    wears a patina of green
    at the garden's end

  30. Heidi Benjamin Says:

    Ferns as tall as the first turret
    The rhododendron appear but tiny
    And the hibiscus bloom as tho in the tropics

  31. Romano Zeraschi Says:

    fairy forest:
    no knight goes through …
    no birds sing

  32. Mary Emma Pierson Says:

    I looked at this magical scene,and it did suggest fairy tales and serenity and peacefulness,but the path beguiled me, and my thoughts took in a different direction.
    your hidden cottage
    the garden path
    you led me down

  33. Dan Slaten Says:

    beautiful spring day
    a tranquil forest cottage
    zombies lurk beyond

  34. Burke Edwards Says:

    Stealthily she steps
    From dew blade green to leaf mold grey,
    Through tendril arcs of ivy
    From tree limbs trembling pendulant,
    Into the green engulfing wood.

  35. Burke Edwards Says:

    Stealthily she steps,
    From dew blade green to leaf mold grey,
    Through tendril arcs of ivy
    From tree limbs trembling pendulant,
    Into the green engulfing wood.

  36. Marsha Hollingsworth Says:

    new growth trembles
    at the edges of spring

  37. Dru Philippou Says:

    afternoon sun
    a redwood's shadow leans
    into my childhood

  38. Dru Philippou Says:

    A variation – Dru Philippou

    afternoon sun
    redwood shadows lean
    into my childhood

  39. Carol Ann Palomba Says:

    redwoods, marking time
    in centuries, note the brief
    stay of a cottage

  40. snakypoet Says:

    On the chimney
    is that an eye?
    The house is alive!

  41. snakypoet Says:

    Where is my house
    in the forest —
    my secret
    fairytale house ?
    Where is my forest?

  42. horoscopegal Says:

    Lost in ferns and words
    and forest.

  43. kalaramesh Says:

    spring scents
    I walk in sync with
    my self


  44. kalaramesh Says:

    spring scents
    I walk in sync with
    my inner self


  45. @Zirconium Says:

    leaf-plates rinsed
    with spoonfuls of rain
    doll picnic

  46. @Zirconium Says:

    misplaced shadow —
    can I trust the leaves
    to cover my trail?

  47. Deborah P Kolodji Says:

    waking up
    to the scent of redwoods
    distant bird song

  48. Tish Davis Says:

    spring path–
    the looking glass
    in the redwoods

  49. Jesus Chameleon Says:

    trunks of redwood trees –
    passing spring
    searching for lilies

  50. Christian Grey Says:

    ith sex, merely as it would be tough to tell a tale sprinkled

    with explicit sexual specific. In the very act of explaining sex as an incidental, you develop an excruciating sex scene.

  51. Michael Says:

    Wow, wonderful shots, your pepicertsve gives a great view and feeling of being small. SO sorry about your layoff, what a shock that would be.. hope you find another good job soon! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #45!

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