Submissions for TINYWORDS 19.2 and a Writing Prompt

photo of a cathedral surrounded by plants under a blue sky, by sergio souza

Olivier Schopfer’s poem “sunlight on a crow’s wings” closed out another issue of TINYWORDS. Now is your chance. The submission window for TINYWORDS 19.2 opened on August 1.

The entire month of August is the time to send us your small poems or brief haibun for the new issue of TINYWORDS 19.2. We have already received quite a few submissions. Thank you.

Sending work to TINYWORDS is a simple two-step process. Just check out our Guidelines and click on the Submissions Page from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2019. One month window, as usual.

To keep things interesting while we work on the new issue, we present a photo in search of a poem. This image of an abandoned church in a field is the current challenge. Why not pen a tiny original poem or two in response to this glimpse of the past or is it present or maybe future? Leave your best efforts in the comment box below and the TINYWORDS editorial team will share the best of the best in TINYWORDS 19.2, due out in late September 2019.

Thanks again for dropping by. We look forward to reading what you have to say.

153 Responses

  1. th. vandergrau Says:

    church ruin
    the weeds whisper
    in the pews

  2. Ingrid Baluchi Says:

    taking refuge
    within —
    harvest mice

  3. michaelhenrylee Says:

    cicada shell
    interconnected with
    the emptiness

  4. Blessed Ayeyame Says:

    abandoned church
    a wild weed blooms
    on the altar

  5. Ingrid Baluchi Says:

    last stand
    wondering where
    the pub was

  6. Joanne van Helvoort Says:

    on the bedside table
    a Gideon bible

  7. c. mehrhoff Says:

    all heaven stirs within.

  8. Peggy Bilbro Says:

    circling again
    the path
    of history

    Peggy Hale Bilbro

  9. Helen Buckingham Says:

    without a tractor

  10. michaelhenrylee Says:

    stubble field
    the prosperity gospel
    no one's buying

  11. Laurie Greer Says:

    country church
    cross breeding

  12. Peggy_T Says:

    pink sundown sky
    late light on the field
    the church's wall still warm

  13. Claudette Russell Says:

    abandoned church
    still filled with prayers
    waiting to be answered

  14. Laurie Greer Says:

    August wedding
    a double ring

  15. Claudette Russell Says:

    many years later
    struggling to find the beliefs
    I abandoned

  16. Claudette Russell Says:

    the emptiness
    of prayers

  17. Elaine Wilburt Says:

    the hymns remain
    in the people

  18. Laurie Greer Says:

    the offerings
    of burnt clay

  19. Susan Rogers Says:

    long abandoned church
    the face of a prophet
    in peeling paint

  20. Dennise Aiello Says:

    searching for God…
    down the path without
    an end

  21. Sam Bateman Says:

    with all the whys
    and wherefores
    cornfield church

  22. Bart Greene Says:

    a child’s toy chapel
    decaying in gorse
    the child now a man

  23. Bart Greene Says:

    a child’s toy chapel
    decaying amid the gorse
    the child now a man

  24. Billy Antonio Says:

    failed marriage
    the bells remain

  25. Helen Buckingham Says:

    the lengths we go to for redemption

  26. Robert Kingston Says:

    behind the clock a draft

  27. wisdomwork Says:

    Out of left field
    Damned LEGO

  28. michaelhenrylee Says:

    ash wednesday
    dirt devils skip across
    old church road

  29. Claudette Russell Says:

    in grandpa's field
    our family history
    continues to grow

  30. Anna Goluba Says:

    Once filled with humansong
    Now with birdsong…
    The old church

  31. Helen Buckingham Says:

    the belfry
    and beyond

  32. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Helen – hahahahaha!


  33. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Cheers, Marion!

  34. Anna Goluba Says:

    You could find
    The crucifix there;
    Now – a bird's nest…
    Abandoned church

  35. Claudette Russell Says:

    finding a path
    out of loneliness
    and memories of my past

  36. Marie Louise Munro Says:

    where the parishioners once sat
    all ears

  37. Marie Louise Munro Says:

    abandoned church
    in the middle
    of a crop circle . .
    will the worshippers
    ever return?

  38. Kumarendra Mallick Says:

    abandoned church –
    we still sing in praise
    of the Lord

  39. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    farmhouse church
    the withering and greening
    of our faith

  40. Anjali Warhadpande Says:

    how many prayers
    still echo silently
    from these forsaken walls?

  41. Helen Buckingham Says:

    beyond the burning bush

  42. Claudette Russell Says:

    encircled by my loneliness
    you find me

  43. th. vandergrau Says:

    small talk
    a congregation of birds
    in the belfry

  44. Laurie Greer Says:

    the sky
    almost clear

  45. Nadejda Kostadinova Says:

    so many

    different circles

    in the field of life

    keeping them all straight

    the faith

  46. F. J. Bergmann Says:

    inside the circle
    hallowed ground still green
    frozen time

  47. Robert Kingston Says:

    his last job
    covering the debt
    for mankind

  48. janewilliams Says:

    found church
    the new settlers
    plant around it

  49. janewilliams Says:

    prodigal daughter
    I circle Father's house
    again and again
    scattering these seeds
    of poems

  50. Robert Kingston Says:

    a mission
    to save mankind
    left in its tracks

  51. Carley Says:

    bells are ringing
    even the old stairs
    smell festive

  52. jenniferedwards Says:

    Grass grooved from

    grieving girls who left;

    I circle back

    but can’t enter quietly

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