Writing Prompt for tinywords 18.1

Photo of a dirt road with bluebonnets alongside it

The thing about a writing life is that you never know where the path is going to lead. Here in North America spring is just around the corner and in this photo image by Jim Nix, Springtime in the Texas Hill Country, the road beckons us to follow. Lining the way is the state flower of Texas, the bluebonnet. These flowers have inspired generations of American painters and we hope this landscape will inspire you as well to write a tiny poem or two. We invite you to put your best efforts in the comment box below. We’ll select the best of the best to start the next issue of tinywords, due out in late-March.

Keep in mind, we will continue to accept regular submissions for the next issue (issue 18.1) through the end of February at our Submit page.

Thanks for dropping by and for sharing your poems.


119 Responses

  1. Ginny Agnew Says:

    Snow frost crusts
    the intrepid
    winter’s start to bluebonnets

  2. Aalix Roake Says:

    mounds of blue
    against the orange road
    contrast is all

  3. Marjie Fitterer Says:

    end of red dirt road
    -answers to life
    in wild blue yonder

  4. Lisa Chavez Says:

    An unpaved road

    into the hyacinthine

    my blue mood lifting

  5. JackieMaugh Robinson Says:

    “hyacinthine” … splendid word! Lovely haiku

    at the sight of home
    my steps quicken

  6. Helen Buckingham Says:

    a way
    with the blues

  7. Ingrid Baluch Says:

    Helen, I'm seeing you everywhere, including The Mainichi today. Enjoying your poems (I'm new to haiku), and this one is up, up and away. Six syllables expressing a double entendre. Lovely.

  8. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Thanks so much, Ingrid, and best of luck with your own writing!

  9. Ron Scully Says:

    endless Big Bend
    a bluebonnet blossoms

  10. M.C. Childs Says:

    Texan flower moon
    on bluebonnet road margins
    Ladybird was here

  11. poetrycatt Says:

    distant mountain
    bluebells lead me toward
    a new horizon


    first kiss
    an ivory hare jumps among
    the bluebells

  12. Lynn Johnson Says:

    breeze riffing the blues
    dusty path travelin the beat
    mountains echo the call

  13. Marietta McGregor Says:

    almost feeling
    I understand…
    Texas bluebonnets

  14. Sylvia Forges-Ryan Says:

    Making all the difference
    bluebonnets on the road
    less travelled

  15. JackieMaugh Robinson Says:

    Charming nod to M. Scott Peck, Sylvia.

    o to find peace
    where dreams reside

  16. Sylvia Forges-Ryan Says:

    Making all the difference
    bluebonnets ont the road
    less travelled

  17. Sylvia Forges-Ryan Says:

    Correction for typo:

    Making all the difference
    bluebonnets on the road
    less travelled

  18. Sam Bateman Says:

    out of winter's long shadow bluebonnets

  19. Aalix Roake Says:

    mounds of blue

  20. Marita Gargiulo Says:

    from muted green
    an unbound tapestry
    the endless Blues

    For Janis Joplin

  21. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    coming home
    the blue flowered apron
    mama always wore

  22. Maria Campbell Says:

    Blue bonnet reflections
    in distant hills
    the mind wanders

  23. Nan Bagwell Payne Says:

    peaceful blues
    I feel different
    once again

  24. Ingrid Baluch Says:

    blue spikes
    nod winter farewell

    maroon mist
    this scent-laden bliss —
    tarry awhile

  25. Mike Schoenburg I Says:

    cold spell
    iguanas ?
    falling from trees

  26. Ernesto P. Santiago Says:

    blossoms break the silence of a poet

  27. dl mattila Says:

    yellow ribbons
    hill country bluebonnets
    line the road

  28. Joanna Ashwell Says:

    dusky blues
    an open road
    winds into sky

  29. RaV Says:

    fragrance of spring
    a dirt road meanders amidst
    the sea of bluebonnets

  30. Alan Summers Says:

    majorelle blue
    I answer the prayer
    inside myself

    Alan Summers

  31. Penny Harter Says:

    Like this one, Alan! Especially that you answer "the prayer inside" yourself. <3

  32. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Penny! :-)

    Karen and myself are in Marrakech and will visit the Marjorelle Gardens where it took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of dedication to create them with the intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains.

    Our top floor apartment has a rich view of the Atlas Mountains too! :-)

    warm regards,

  33. carol jones Says:

    A vibrant and tranquil verse, Alan. I'm sure you will both compose many more exquisite verses while visiting the gardens and surrounding area. Once again I have learnt, from your words :)

  34. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you. Working on a few that hopefully will see the light of day in the coming year.

    warm regards,


  35. carol jones Says:

    I'm sure they will be as amazing as the one here,
    This primary blue certainly makes a statement, and the nature of it, to me, is LOUD, this up against the silence and inner tranquillity of the prayer is a masterful jux.
    The vibrant buildings sit well within the gardens and look right, I can only imagine the myriad greens steal some of blue's thunder :)

  36. Alan Summers Says:

    The almost turquoise of the benches at Majorelle Gardens sits well with the Majorelle blue, reminding us of the original Berbers and other tribes. The bamboo and cactus gardens and the Koi pools, and different tribal wear, make it an awesome two and a half acres.

    Thank you for your kind words.

    warmest regards



    Click onto the web link in my name to see some stock images. Can't wait to post a few of our own on Area 17 when we get back to Blighty. :-)


    As we all know, Wales is God's Country, or at least one of them, too! :-)

  37. carol jones Says:

    :) :)

    Thanks Alan, I'll be looking at the images with interest.

    kind regards


  38. Dru Philippou Says:

    bluebonnets shape
    the path to forever
    my hand in yours

  39. Dru Philippou Says:


    bluebonnets shape
    the path to forever
    your hand in mine

  40. Mary Weiler Says:

    wet with baby tears
    the unseen bees

  41. Alan Summers Says:

    Really like the mixing up of imagery! :-)

    warm regards,

  42. Mary Weiler Says:

    Many thanks, Alan!
    Take care. Mary

  43. Claudette Russell Says:

    leaving behind
    the path I know
    taking a chance
    on distant dreams

  44. Claudette Russell Says:

    sometimes leaving
    brings you
    home again

  45. Marita Gargiulo Says:


    subtle changes in tone

    outside and inside


    Marita Gargiulo

  46. Marita Gargiulo Says:

    walking through fields
    she finds herself

    Marita Gargiulo

  47. Magyar Says:

    this flower trail
    horseshoes cross the tire wounds
    a summit taunts

  48. Bob Kimberly Says:

    Hills of Texas call
    Bluebonnets line dusty roads
    Springtime beckons us

  49. jon langdon Says:

    A Blue Bell
    Franz Marc paints odd hues,
    red horses and yellow too
    Why not a bell blue?

  50. M.C. Childs Says:

    premature summer
    sun cooks hill country bone dry
    unflowering blues

  51. Garry Eaton Says:

    where the old pasture road will end
    blue horizons

  52. Marita Gargiulo Says:

    walking through fields
    she finds herself

  53. Sam Bateman Says:

    country roadside
    everything's better
    with bluebonnets

  54. Marita Says:

    Are you referring to the 60?s jingle?

    I had forgotten about that. It made me smile

    It works just as well without that historical element :)

  55. Sam Bateman Says:

    Yes. Part of it anyway. Thanks, Sam

  56. Alan S. Bridges Says:

    inhaling… exhaling…
    the scent of bluebonnets
    in a photograph

  57. Marita Says:

    Thanks for your reply :)

  58. Penny Harter Says:

    *Around the Bend*

    winding dirt road
    red between hills of
    dead now fifteen years,
    yet still I hear her calling
    from around the bend.


    bluebonnets, blue sky
    blue haze dreaming on
    the mountains—too long
    since I last blossomed
    in that spring sun

  59. Alan Summers Says:

    Wonderful!!! Here it is the Atlas Mountains of Morocco we can see. :-)

    Karen and Alan

  60. carol jones Says:

    after the trek…
    the echo of blue flowers
    on the windowsill

  61. carol jones Says:

    after the trek…
    echo's of bluebonnet
    on the windowsill

  62. Alan Summers Says:

    Forgot to say a few days back, love "the echo of blue flowers" and "the echo of blue flowers/on the windowsill".


  63. carol jones Says:

    Thanks Alan. It also has echoes of sound advice from the wonderful feed back I had, from you, during one of your very informative courses.

  64. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you!

    Really do like this one!

    fter the trek…
    the echo of blue flowers
    on the windowsill

  65. carol jones Says:

    Many thanks for your comments, Alan, you are most kind.

    Warm Regards


  66. JackieMaugh Robinson Says:

    the envy of
    azure skies

  67. JackieMaugh Robinson Says:

    arms full
    of bluebonnets—
    morning’s child

  68. JackieMaugh Robinson Says:

    tip of the hat
    to stately bluebonnets
    under Texas skies

  69. Michael Henry Lee Says:

    bluebonnets_please do go on_without me

  70. JackieMaugh Robinson Says:

    the coolest part
    of green

  71. Claudette Russell Says:

    memories flowering
    the sadness of losing you
    more distant

  72. Lee Nash Says:

    soft haze
    each bluebonnet
    touches another

  73. nikolaygrankin Says:

    spring field
    a hawk swoops down
    from blue to blue

    Nikolay Grankin

  74. Marilyn Appl Walker Says:

    heaven's edge
    hills and bluebells
    color me home

  75. Sam Bateman Says:

    spring fever
    bees trying on

  76. Claudette Russell Says:

    finding myself
    leads me down paths
    near and far

  77. martin1223 Says:

    dead end
    a line of bluebonnets
    pass me

  78. Marita Says:

    Thanks so much to the editors for providing this promt!
    I have enjoyed reading the variety of haiku and the sense of community it has inspired

  79. Dennise Aiello Says:

    a path
    well travelled
    Texas blues

  80. Sam Bateman Says:

    between winter cold
    and summer heat—
    bluebonnet weather

  81. Dave Read Says:

    top down …
    a sudden gust
    of spring

  82. Devon Richey Says:

    walk in blue
    approaches blue
    the past erased

  83. janbentexas Says:

    roadside park
    Texas poems bloom
    Jan Benson

  84. janbentexas Says:

    blue a psalm in red dirt
    Jan Benson

  85. Devon Richey Says:

    Blue surround –
    his journey veers
    from path

  86. Thom Norgang Says:

    each morning
    fresh shades of blue
    painting the sky

  87. David Mohn Says:

    dirt road splits canvas
    bluebonnets dripped as Pollock…
    random perfection

  88. Barbara A. Taylor Says:

    the dreamers’ visions
    become nightmares

  89. Claudette Russell Says:

    knowing one day
    I will leave to find them

  90. vandana Says:

    google map

    I still can’t find

    the way to your heart

  91. vandana Says:

    google map

    I still can’t find the way

    to your heart

  92. vandana Says:

    Please ignore the first one at #18.

  93. Tracy Davidson Says:

    on Sundays
    how you wore them in your hair

  94. Sara McNulty Says:


    To the sky

    Blue bonnets

  95. purplepeninportland Says:

    Hugging the trail
    Color of doll's eyes
    Bevy of blue bonnets

  96. purplepeninportland Says:

    Blue bonnets
    Raising their heads in a field
    A toast to Spring

  97. Frederick C Melancon Says:

    Blue novas of our travels
    only explode on roadsides.

  98. Maryam Qureshi Says:

    Life after you…
    A spring
    Feeling blue!

  99. Jeffrey Ferrara Says:

    down the beaten path
    a poet walks
    the green divide

  100. Dru Philippou Says:

    bluebonnet field
    I let my lover win
    the argument

  101. Dru Philippou Says:


    bluebonnet fields
    I let my lover win
    the argument

  102. janewilliams Says:

    spring lifting my mood a lighter shade of blue

  103. Dru Philippou Says:

    widow's windowsill . . .
    a bud vase holds
    a single stem

  104. Elizabeth Moura Says:

    endless sky…
    walking alone
    in blue spring

  105. Elizabeth Moura Says:

    two lovers…
    petals make
    a soft blue bed

  106. Peggy Bilbro Says:

    a path
    blue into blue
    sky beckons

  107. etchandscribe Says:

    trail mix spiked
    with organic blueberries
    pests are welcome

  108. etchandscribe Says:

    Fitbit badge
    brought back to knee-level
    by blossoms

  109. Claudette Russell Says:

    there is no reason
    to leave the familiar path
    and yet…

  110. Deborah P Kolodji Says:

    from my mother’s childhood
    embroidered hanky

  111. K. Trocmet Says:

    little children float
    in a sea of bluebonnets
    time slows on the hill country road

  112. Marta Chocilowska Says:

    I cannot see mine, sent today…

  113. Marta Chocilowska Says:

    Oh, sorry, it’s OK. Thanks!

  114. Val Raj Says:

    tiny fingers
    nestle within mine
    bluebonnet blooms

  115. Marta Chocilowska Says:

    I cannot see my haiku, however :(

  116. Julie Warther Says:

    daily commute . . .
    the wildflowers
    take another route

  117. Elizabeth Alford Says:

    vacation photo —
    framed in bluebonnets
    a mother’s pride

  118. John Hawkhead Says:

    leaving home

    she walks the dirt track out

    into Spring flowers

  119. Eileen Sateriale Says:

    wild bluebonnets
    border country lane
    Texas pride

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