--Writing Prompts Responses:
1. Poetic Asides, Writer’s Digest, January 2016, decima Italiana (10 eight-syllable lines with the rhyme scheme: ababcdedec.
The Costs of Spring in February
Early Spring in February
Makes the tourists hum with vigor.
The locals, though, feel contrary,
Knowing what such heat can trigger—
A boiling June too soon will come
And with it, days that never end,
But blister on from dawn to dusk,
Burning faces that will not mend.
So to their doctors they will fuss
About the costs, they won’t be mum.
2. Enter your story, Writer’s Digest, February, 2016—the opening sentence in 25 words or less (to visual prompt of a red VW bug in a sunset landscape).
As dusk approached, I hurried back to the farm, seeing the red VW, its motor running high with no one in sight for miles.