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Misty Sanico is co-founder of HawaiiReads.com, a freelance writer and social media manager, and a sporadic book reviewer for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Also, a professional procrastinator and a loyal member of the Complex Compound Sentence Club. Club motto: "no fragment left behind".

THIS IS A YEAR OF THE DRAGON CONTEST ENTRY

Nasty Kids

Published by APPLEBLOSSUM | Monday, July 23, 2012 10:18 PM


This is a July Year of the Dragon 100-word contest entry. 100 words.


Tomorrow Papa comes home
from deployment.
We will string many lei to welcome him.
With flowers from ownerless trees in AMR Crater.
We climb higher for bigger blossoms.

My eyes close against the stinging
milk of falling plumerias.
Cut off a small branch.
Someone shouts.

“Get out of that tree…nasty kids!
You people
always picking the flowers,
now you’re taking a whole branch?!”

Doesn’t he understand…
Papa wears the same uniform as him?
We take and give,
and only cut the branch to plant?

“Leave before I call the MP’s!
You don’t belong here.”
But, we do belong…
We do.



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BetweenWatersUnseen - Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:44 AM.


I have to agree with Kristel, a really beautiful image. I also appreciate 'we take and give', the phrasing has a wonderful rhythm to it.

appleblossum - Monday, July 23, 2012 12:32 PM.


lol... thanks Kristel! This really did happen so yeah. There's so much more I wanted to convey, but 100 words is tough. :) It's fun too though.

kristel - Monday, July 23, 2012 12:22 PM.


YOU PICK THOSE FLOWERS! MAKE YOUR LEI! :') Sorry, got all excited just now lol

Btw, I love this line:

My eyes close against the stinging
milk of falling plumerias.

What a great image.