Welcome to tinywords 17.2

Welcome back to another issue of T I N Y W O R D S .

In keeping with our out-of-this-world visual theme begun with our photo prompt from Mars, our backdrop for T I N Y W O R D S 17.2 is none other than the Milky Way itself. This beautiful image of a piece of our galaxy as it appears in the night sky was taken from Pixabay.

Congratulations to our writing prompt winner Sam Bateman, whose winning entry appears below. Once again a final choice was difficult due to the abundance of good responses. Please be sure to scroll through and enjoy all the poems offered in response to our prompt.

Thanks again to our Assistant Editors, Polona Oblak and Ruth Holzer. And to Dylan Tweney, founding editor and Technical Director who fixes all the glitches with a smile.

Autumn is starting to show its colors here in the northern hemisphere. No better time to show the wide array of poets who have generously sent in their work for T I N Y W O R D S 17.2. With gratitude and in the haiku spirit of inclusion, so we begin.

Thanks for reading.

Kathe L. Palka

Peter Newton

Editors, tinywords


red planet?
the distance a dream
has to travel


Sam Bateman

16 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Congratulations! :-)

    warm regards,


  2. Sam Bateman Says:

    Thanks Alan. Also, thanks to everyone for their congratulations and comments. I was both surprised and humbled to have my haiku chosen by the tinywords editors from among all the other poems that were submitted. Once again, thanks to all.

    Best wishes,


  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Well deserved!

    Also greatly enjoyed your haiku in The Heron's Nest (September issue):

    starry night—
    the geometry
    of mythology

    Sam Bateman

    Here's an old tinywords one from me too. :-)

    mars landing-
    a tendril of red dust
    shifts from a footfall

    Alan Summers
    Publication credits: tinywords (2007)
    eBook: Dylan Tweney “Practical Haiku: How Reading and Writing an Ancient Form of Poetry Can Change Your Life.” (ebook 2010)

    Big congrats again, and the haiku and backdrop really make for a fine shahai, with a hint of terraforming to come.

    warm regards,


  4. Sam Bateman Says:

    Well said Alan. Thanks again.



  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you!

    warm regards,

  6. ron scully Says:


  7. gatheringwonder Says:

    so well done

  8. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Congratulations Sam

  9. Beth Severson Says:

    cruising the milky way in my dreams

  10. Rebecca Drouilhet Says:

    Lovely, mystical haiku, Sam. Congratulations on your win.

  11. Mary Jo Balistreri Says:

    It’s so naturall and yet Visionary and yet You’ve articulated what I could feel but not put into words.
    It’s perfect.
    Most appreciative.

  12. Michelle Schaefer Says:

    congratulations! Sorry I was a late read. It’s so perfect as I dream to be far away on a red planet where dreams possibly do come true.

  13. Jan Benson Says:

    Well Done Sam Bateman

  14. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Love it!


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