Three Line Tales, Week 184

three line tales, week 184: rainbow brick road leading towards an Icelandic church

photo by Dave Herring via Unsplash

Next Stop, Happiness

With each colourful step she takes away from that church, chaining stress and caging expectations unshackled.

She turns back only for a briefest moment to look at the conservative culture managing every aspect of her life, before she turns around for good to continue her journey.

Religion doesn’t bind; it frees.


If there is one thing I cannot understand, it is why people like to enact their expectations on others under the facade of religious rules. I’m a Buddhist, but there are no cardinal rules on diet, or women, or sexual orientation. Only a series of karmic causes and effects, as well as philosophical scriptures which requires guidance or risk mis-interpretation.

But when I was younger, I have been approached by many Christian missionaries, with the opening lines of “Do you believe in Jesus?” and rapidly spiralled into “Only do you believe in Jesus can you be saved” rhetoric. I was impressionable then and my takeaway from those interactions was “Christianity seems very enthusiastic about Hell and condemnation.”

Until some of my Christian friends raised their eyebrows at me when I candidly asked them about Christianity years later. That’s when I realised, Christianity never asked to convert anyone by fear; those “missionaries” I met were going out to convert people because they wanted money for their church.

Hence the story.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 184

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In Other Words, hello…

Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

quiet. waiting. love.

i know i am aloof by nature
but if i wait here, if i say “hello”
will you extend your hand
and accept me as who i am
into your personal sphere?


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word hello  as inspiration
Link back to this post

If you are on WordPress this will create a pingback.
If you are not on WordPress put a link to your post in the comments.
You can also post your story or poem in the comments.

Prompt: In Other Words, hello…

Twittering Tales #148 – August 6, 2019

Maiden Flight

The little boy’s parents gasped while he cried out; the birthday surprise was morphing into a nightmare.

The hovering helicopter wobbled drunkenly before nosediving.

Screams sounded out at once.

The father picked up the toy helicopter and, after a brief check, announced “It’s OK!”

(278 characters)


I’m exceptionally bad at controlling electronics, which is why I don’t have remote cars or helicopters. That and the fact that our family is an average family who just managed about to settle our monthly bills and expenses.

I also don’t understand the fascination of other boys my age in cars and drones. My male friends have offered to let me to drive their cars in an attempt to “teach” me how to drive. It’s probably illegal as I don’t have a driving licence but they were excited to “cure” me of my apathy toward cars. On second thoughts, maybe I should not have said this on a public blog.

Well, long story short, we didn’t crash but let’s just say it didn’t go well – my friends would rather go on roller coaster rides and that’s saying something, since they are all not fans of rides.

For some reason, they never offered to let me fly their drones.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

Prompt: Twittering Tales #148 – August 6, 2019

In Other Words, carousel

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

round the carousel of life i go
believing i have seen it all
distracted by how much i think
i have a horrid life
forgetting it is just a day of my life


I think we all need hope every now and then. Personally, this image conjures up an idea of horrid routine, but things change if I believe enough in myself. It’s best not to complicate things at times.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word carousel as inspiration
Link back to this post

If you are on WordPress this will create a pingback.
If you are not on WordPress put a link to your post in the comments.
You can also post your story or poem in the comments.

Prompt: In Other Words, carousel

Scintillating Saturday Share #17

One Love Sign, Raising Cane’s Chicken, Anchorage, AK|Photo Credit: Tremaine L. Loadholt

before lovin’ others
filled myself with love


Before we give, we must have. If we have no love for ourselves, how do we give love to others? I find myself questioning myself (ok, I saw what’s wrong with that clause) these days, as my temper gets the better of me due to all the work I have to do. And also, I’m in need of a good bucket of fried chicken.

Yet people ask me, why am I insisting on writing every day? Why am I insisting on exercising every day? Because if I don’t share, if I don’t let go of the tension, I’ll go crazy.

By the way, a quick confession: there was this epic moment when I wrote this post and I forgot – HOW ON EARTH DO I CHANGE THE TEXT COLOUR? I was searching the entire navigation bar and getting upset. *shakes my head* I do sorely need a break from work. Can’t wait until the long weekend holiday next week!

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Saturday, I will share a photo that touches my heart, makes me happy, or lifts my spirits in some way. The purpose? To send love, light, peace, and kindness out into the ether. Scintillating Saturdays: one definition of the word scintillating is as follows: witty; brilliantly clever.”

Now, it’s your turn. This’ll be our “Scintillating Saturday Share #17.” You can respond to this post, reblog and respond, or create a standalone post of your own, but please ping or tag this post so that I’ll know to read and respond to yours.

Using up to 7 words, tell me what this photo sparks in you.

Care to get creative with me for this scintillating Saturday share?

Prompt: Scintillating Saturday Share #17

Twittering Tales # 147 – 30 July 2019

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Photo by enriquelopezgarre at Pixabay.com

Group Think

The long weekend holidays were here so they took half day off from work. They thought they set off early enough to beat the holiday crowd.

They thought wrong.

The beach was packed when they reached.

Everyone else had the same idea too.

Humankind was not any different from sardines.

(280 characters)


A long weekend holiday is coming up soon in my country. There is a very good reason why I always stay at home and hibernate instead of going out. The thought of the crowds scares me.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

Prompt: Twittering Tales # 147 – 30 July 2019

“FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” Challenge! REVIVAL!

Photo Credits: Tien | ArtScience Museum (Singapore, 2019)

Reviving Break

“You do know what he means, right? How can you remain so calm?” he raged.

We were standing at the pond outside the Museum, after a long shift. His anger matched the relentless heat of the sun. Meanwhile, tourists milled around, as they always did, considering if the exhibitions worth their money. The Museum had placed a price to art and its customers were judging if the price was right.

Oh, the irony.

“Well, say something!”

I blinked. I had long tuned out his rant and was spacing out during our smoking break.

“What’s there to say?” I answered with a question.

“Oh come on, that was completely unfair and dirty handed!” he declared fervently.

“Do you know that lotus flowers are considered pure because they are born from the muddy waters? Despite the surrounding ugliness, a lotus flower still blooms to its most beautiful, opening its petals one by one in the day. After three days, the lotus flower dies. Then, another lotus flower will bloom and this lasts throughout the summer, when the sun is harsh,” I replied. “So what if it is unfair? It will be over eventually. What he says will not dirty me unless I sink to his level.”

“How can you be so Zen?” he shook his head. “Aren’t you at least angry?”

“Oh, I was. But that’s what the break is for. To clear my head for a long journey,” I smiled. “Thanks for complaining on my behalf though, fellow lotus. Or would you prefer I call you ‘Po’ from ‘Kung Fu Panda’? Too Teletubbies?”

He could not help himself but laughed as we walked back into the Museum.

(276 words)


I’m always fascinated about lotus flowers ever since I learnt the story of wisdom in Buddhism. And the saying, “A break is necessary for a long journey” is from a Mandarin adage, which I shamelessly plagiarised. Hey, it’s my heritage! 🙂

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Every Thursday, I will pick up a “prompt word” to be acted upon by y’all. You are free to go wild with your imagination and interpret the “prompt” in any way that you like – photo, prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, quotes, articles or drawing/painting – whatever works for you!
In short, it’s all about you being the BOSS and choosing the best way possible to express and depict your understanding of the prompt and go berserk!

TOPIC FOR TODAY : REVIVAL/REVIVE

RULES

1 Do not forget to tag/create a “ping-back!” If ping-backs are not your thing, feel free to simply leave a link to your piece in the comment section below so that everyone can enjoy your entry.
2 You are free to decipher the prompt as per your cognition. No rules, no boundaries!
3 Since we are aiming at catalyzing fun, you get a weeks time to participate. No rush!
4 Be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will be amazed at their brilliant creativity!

Prompt: “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” Challenge! REVIVAL!

Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur

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Image by giovannacco from Pixabay

The Art of War

“No, I’m not using mobile phone!” the student protested when his teacher asked for his phone.

“Take out all your books from the drawer.”

“See? Nothing!” he replied triumphantly.

From a thick reference book, his teacher pulled out the phone. “And your watch too.”

The student grudgingly surrendered his gadgets.

“Amateur.”

(51 words)


Oh, the games I play with my students. I swear they think I’m an idiot, not realising that sometimes, I just don’t say anything to their using of mobile phones.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Prompt: Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #29

blackout

corrosive waters
interrupted one track mind
breaking train of thoughts

– – – – –

regrets

coach rose from the depths
freighting haunted memories
ghostly horns echoed


I believe Susi really outdo herself this time with the image prompt. This really got my gears moving (pun? pun-ish?) and I came up with two senryuu. It sounds rough and the meters seem a little off, but I like it.

If you are interested, the prompt the linked below.

PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at sushibocks@gmail.com   

For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 11:59pm 7/27/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one

Prompt: I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #29

Scintillating Saturday Share #15

sweet sin within my grasp


I’m getting a craving from this prompt…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Saturday, I will share a photo that touches my heart, makes me happy, or lifts my spirits in some way. The purpose? To send love, light, peace, and kindness out into the ether. Scintillating Saturdays: one definition of the word scintillating is as follows: witty; brilliantly clever.”

Now, it’s your turn. This’ll be our “Scintillating Saturday Share #15.” You can respond to this post, reblog and respond, or create a standalone post of your own, but please ping or tag this post so that I’ll know to read and respond to yours.

Using up to 7 words, tell me what this photo sparks in you.

Care to get creative with me for this scintillating Saturday share?

Prompt: Scintillating Saturday Share #15