Welcome to tinywords 24.1

Welcome to the newest issue of tinywords—24.1. We are now closing in on a quarter century of sharing tiny poems with the world—quite a collaborative accomplishment. So, thank you all for writing and reading over the years.

Our background image for this issue comes from the Hubble telescope and features NGC 2903, a sparkling spiral galaxy in the equatorial constellation of Leo. NGC  2903 was first discovered by the astronomer William Hershel in 1784 and is 30 million light-years away and 100,000 light-years in diameter. It is a dazzling backdrop for tiny poems and a reminder of the majesty of the universe of which we are all a part.

Congratulations to our writing prompt winners, Sam Bateman and Rich Schilling, whose poems appear below. Once again, the final choices were difficult. Please be sure to scroll through and enjoy all the poems offered in response to our Sombrero Galaxy, Messier 104 photo writing 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 beginning here in the northern hemisphere. No better time to show the wide array of poets who have generously sent in their work for tinywords 24.1. Enjoy.

With gratitude,

Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka




another galaxy
the new neighbor
I know by name only

Sam Bateman


scattered stars
the child’s first night
as a refugee

Rich Schilling

13 Responses

  1. Rich Schilling Says:

    Thanks for picking my poem and congratulations Sam!

  2. Alan Summers Says:

    Congrats to both!


  3. Alan Summers Says:

    I’ll try again. A problem with Chrome?

    Congrats to both poets!


  4. River Malcolm Says:

    Both of these poems are wonderful. They both open my eyes and heart to a larger world – human and cosmic – by the way they juxtaposition the two. Many thanks.

  5. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    Great picks! I enjoyed them both. Thank you.

  6. Jan Som Says:

    Really beautiful haikus!!
    As my neighbourhood is an universe, there is enough space for a refugee. And although I don’t know everybody by name, we live in peaceful constellations…
    Yes, I love them both :)

  7. Magyar Says:

    spring sun warms such life
    as glows find their way through all limbs
    tree leaf shadows dance.

  8. Janice Campbell Says:

    Excellent. Both revealed more with each reading.

  9. Janice Campbell Says:

    Excellent. Both revealed more with each reading!

  10. Sam Bateman Says:

    Congratulations Rich and thanks to everyone for their insightful comments.

  11. Karen O'Leary Says:

    Congratulations to both poets! Both haiku are so well written. Wishing you continued success.


  12. padma Rajeswari Says:

    Lovely selection, enjoyed both the poems. Kudos to Sam and Rich

  13. Kala Ramesh Says:

    Congratulations to both.

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