Welcome to tinywords 23.1

Welcome to the newest issue of tinywords — 23.1. That means we’ve been sharing daily poems with all of you for 23 years strong. Quite an collaborative accomplishment. So, thank you all for writing and reading over these many years.

Our background image for this issue was taken by Jim Choate in Oregon and features a field of  lavender and Mt. Hood. A zoom in and zoom out of nature’s magnificent beauty.

Congratulations to our writing prompt winners Sam Bateman, Helen Buckingham, Rich Schilling, and Alan Summers whose poems appear below. Once again final choices were difficult due to the abundance of good responses. We have a few more favorites than usual. But that’s a good thing. Please be sure to scroll through and enjoy all the poems offered in response to our hummingbird hawk moth prompt.

Thanks again to our Assistant Editors, Polona Oblak and Ruth Holzer. And to Dylan Tweney, founding editor and Technical Director who keeps tinywords humming along season to season.

Spring 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 tinywords 23.1. Enjoy.

With gratitude,

Kathe L. Palka and Peter Newton


Writing Prompt Winners


taking me back to childhood wonder a hummingbird moth

 — Sam Bateman


lit match

— Helen Buckingham


mingling with the bee buzz the hawk moth’s hum

— Rich Schilling


purple haze the smoke dwindles into moonrise

— Alan Summers 

5 Responses

  1. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Congratulations all!

  2. Sam Bateman Says:

    Congratulations to Helen, Rich and Alan.

  3. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    Well done, one and all!

  4. Marion Clarke Says:

    Well done, Sam, Helen, Rich and Alan! 🎉


  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Not bad that two former Bristolians (Bristol UK), myself, and Helen, are joint winners alongside other side of the Pond poets Sam and Rich! Congrats to all of us!

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