Welcome to Issue 18.2

Welcome back to another issue of TINYWORDS.

Congratulations to our writing prompt winners — Helen Buckingham, Bill Gottlieb, and Arlene Teck — whose poems appear below. Once again a final choice was difficult due to the abundance of good responses. So, we had to call out three top winners. Please be sure to scroll through and enjoy all the poems offered in response to our prompt.

In keeping with the pastoral theme begun with our country storm prompt, our backdrop for TINYWORDS 18.2 is an old orchard. What better image to begin apple season here in the American northeast. There is something about the carefully pruned trees all in their neat little rows that make us think of poetry.

Thanks to our assistant editor for tinywords 18.2, Polona Oblak. And thanks to Dylan Tweney, founding editor of tinywords, and in-house expert on all things technological.

Now, it is time to wander through the alleys of the orchard as we celebrate the changing seasons with this issue’s harvest of poems.

Thanks for stopping by.

Kathe L. Palka and Peter Newton
Editors, tinywords


our world

on a spit


— Helen Buckingham

lightning flash …

the widening pupil

of the moon


— Bill Gottlieb

monsoon summer

another dark day



— Arlene Teck

15 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Congratulations everyone! :-)

    warm regards,

  2. Hema Says:

    Congratulations to the winners,

  3. MaryJo Says:


  4. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Thanks so much for selecting my poem, Kathe and Peter. Congratulations Bill and Arlene! And big thanks also to MaryJo, Alan and Hema for your comments.

  5. marykendall Says:


  6. Polly Armstrong Says:

    What a lovely experience. Loved seeing everyone's efforts and am very impressed and moved by the winners. Excellent.

  7. Arlene Teck Says:

    Something different about the summer . . . "Dark and stormy night" evoked the darkness in my poem – both outside (the numerous rainy days) and inside (inside the house and inside my gloomy spirit). As if the prompt illuminated the haiku and vice versa – describing my exact feelings expressed in the haiku.

    Perhaps a synchronicity, shared zeitgeist, interconnectedness, time warp – the darkness of the monsoon summer also affecting the person who wrote the prompt.

    Thanks to Kathe, Peter, Polona and Dylan for choosing my poem – also to Helen, MaryKendall, MaryJo, Alan, Polly and Hema for your comments.

  8. Eugene R Mariani Says:

    Congratulations to all the winners, I especially enjoyed Bill Gottlieb's piece.

  9. janewilliams Says:

    Great selection,congratulations all,'the widening pupil of the moon' is a fantastic metaphor!

  10. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    A great selection! Well done to all.


  11. Karen O'Leary Says:

    Congratulations to the Winners! The poems are creative moments.


  12. Jean LeBlanc Says:

    What a perfect way to start the new issue of tinywords.

  13. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful comments.

  14. radhamani Sarma Says:

    Congratulations to all the three. Wonderful moments of compositions with splitting images.

    with regards

  15. satinekatharine Says:

    They are pretty sensational. Congratulations.

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