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My writing intertwines prose and poetic features such as music and intense imagery. My musings stem from being raised on a farm, a love and practice of music, my faith in the Lord, and an empathy toward the voiceless. I graduated with a BA in English & Creative Writing from Colorado State University and am currently an English Graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado. My time currently is consumed by my thesis which seeks to define voice and its operation in poetry.

THIS IS A 100 WORDS CONTEST ENTRY

Bittersweet

Published by 4HIM | Thursday, July 22, 2010 5:19 PM


BR 100 word contest


How many spoonfuls? I wonder staring at the sugar cup, swinging my legs to and fro at the turquoise stainless steel table. The boiling percolator beats a muffled tribal dance. Grandmother slides it off the burner; the thumping stops. Lustrous brown pours into the porcelain tea cup and steam curlicues up her wrist. I inhale the bitter aroma and feel like a woman. Spoonful after spoonful of sugar I stir into my cup of coffee. I ask her about weather and corn prices because that’s what my parents talk about, and I gingerly sip my cup of sugar and coffee.



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Johanna - Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:54 AM.


I feel like I'm looking at a snapshot or a painting when I read this. The descriptions are so vivid and your narrator is nicely developed even in this short snippet. I definitely can envision this scenario! I love the image of steam curlicuing up her wrist and the idea of a young girl experiencing womanhood through her "sugar and coffee."

cmak15 - Thursday, July 22, 2010 7:44 AM.


Great buzz words in this story: muffled tribal dance, porcelain tea cup, turquoise stainless-steel table. Very poetic in your words.