WELCOME to tinywords 15.1

We begin our 15th year with a fresh crop of daily poems that will take us from winter well into spring, weaving in all the seasons along the way. Thanks to everyone who chose to share their poems with us and to the international community of readers and writers who make tinywords possible.

Congratulations to Gregory Longenecker and Alan Summers who jump-start the issue with their winning contributions below, inspired by Dave Bonta’s photo of tracks in snow. There were a lot of great responses, but for us these two stood out.? We invite you to read through the many inspired offerings.

We’d also like to thank our assistant editors for this issue: Ruth Holzer, John Emil Vincent, and Polona Oblak for their time and energy. And we extend our deep appreciation to founding editor Dylan Tweney whose brainchild tinywords is. And all this brainchild needs to grow are poems and readers of poems.

Let’s get started.


Kathe L. Palka

Peter Newton

Editors, tinywords


15.1 Prompt Winners


winter solstice
the parting
of our ways

~Gregory Longenecker


wind-spun flakes–
a child’s world escapes
the snow globe

~Alan Summers






23 Responses

  1. lkkolp Says:

    Congratulations Alan and Gregory!

  2. Laura Says:

    Yes! Congratulations, fellas! Well done.

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you Laura!

    warmest regards,


  4. th. vandergrau Says:

    Worthy winners!

  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks, I'm overwhelmed that I'm a joint winner, and with such a fine haiku writer as Gregory Longenecker.

    I've enjoyed so many of the contributions to the artwork, and voted for so many of you!

    warm regards,


  6. Dianne Says:

    two very nice poems! Congratulations!

  7. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you!

    warmest regards,


  8. Joanna Says:

    Two lovely poems.

  9. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you, Joanna!

    warmest regards,


  10. perugu.ramakrishna Says:

    Amazing haikus,I enjoyed reading tinywords sent to me daily..
    Perugu Ramakrishna,India

  11. Alan Summers Says:

    Dear Perugu Ramakrishna,

    Thank you so much for appreciating both haiku.

    warmest regards,


  12. Pravat Says:

    Many congratulations, Gregory and Alan for your poetic sunshine!

  13. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you Pravat,

    That's very kind of you to say so.

    warmest regards,


  14. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Well done to you both, Alan and Gregory. Stunning work.


  15. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Marion! Yes, loved Gregory's poem very much, great to be alongside someone of his stature.

    warm regards,


  16. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    Congratulations to both Gregory and Alan! Wonderful poems!

  17. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you Barbara, that's really kind to see of them. :-)

    warm regards,


  18. chief276 Says:

    Good work, Greg and Alan.
    Bill Kenney

  19. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Bill, for kind words on both our haiku. :-)

    warm regards,


  20. Eva Jonsby Says:

    A pleasure to read!

  21. Alan Summers Says:

    Dear Eva,

    Thank you!

    warm regards,


  22. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:

    Excellent poems. I also see hope in Gregory's poem, as I read from Wisconsin USA, where the days are longer (though cold and snow and ice). And wonder and delight in Alan's poem.

    Thank you for tinywords all these good years. Ellen

  23. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks for the kind words on both the winning haiku.

    warm regards,


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