Welcome to tinywords 22.1

Our new background image for this issue is of a magnificent old saguaro reaching up into an Arizona blue sky. A picture of hope and health in the form of a long-lived cacti that must overcome great hardship to endure and thrive.

As we enter into our twenty-third year it is once again a privilege for us here at TINYWORDS to present more new and known voices from around the globe. Congratulations to Sam Bateman who opens the new issue with his winning poem inspired by our prompt image of a rural Arizona road in the Sonoran Desert. Sam’s poem is featured below. As always, the many fine inspired offerings make the photo prompt submissions well worth reading.

Thanks again to TINYWORDS Assistant Editors Polona Oblak and Ruth Holzer, and to founding editor Dylan Tweney, who also serves as our technical advisor and web page designer.

To all of the poets who sent in their poems for 22.1, and to the readers who return year after year, we again say thank you.

We wish you all the very best now and in the seasons ahead.

The Editors


Prompt Winner

migrant crossing—
one saguaro leans
on another

–Sam Bateman

16 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:



  2. kalaramesh Says:


  3. Cyril BECKER Says:

    The giant cactus

    Is enjoying his cigar

    Puffing smoke in the sky

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  6. Mark Says:

    Congratulations – an amazing, insightful combination of images.

  7. Sam Bateman Says:

    Thanks to everyone for their comments. Also, thanks to the editors for their hard work preparing another issue of tinywords.

  8. Peter Newton Says:

    We do this together!


  9. Bill Thwing Says:

    Congratulations and Thanks
    Here’s a renga add on:

    This damned border wall
    A prickly situation
    Cotton-picking shame

  10. mira65 Says:


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  12. Guy Stephenson Says:

    A wonderfully prickly image! Congrats.

  13. Nancy Major Says:


    saguaro spires

    notre dame cathedral


    enjoy this moment


  14. June Rose Dowis Says:

    Well done! Congratulations!

  15. Jill Lange Says:

    So well done.

  16. drywall contractor Says:

    Sounds great!

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