dVerse Poetics Playtime!

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OK, dVersers, it is time to play. Play pat-a-cake with the cat. Draw chalk cartoons on the sidewalk. Flirt in your head with your fantasy lover. Be a Formula One race car driver. Go out and dance under the moon with the faeries. Choose any which way and have fun with it!

One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was read and I loved The Cat in the Hat. I have written my fair share of fan-fiction and when I saw this prompt I thought it would work well.

The Cat Comes To Play

The Cat in the Hat took out his bag
Something he took to the kids on the block
The bag had some things like marbles and jacks,
Barbies, and tickety-tockity clocks

He put on his dress up and offered the kids
some jewels and some real fancy shoes
He let them win games like chess and some cards
Even though he himself hated to lose

He had many books that he wanted to read
but he let the kids make up their mind
if they wanted to sit and read just like him
or hide in the places where he couldn’t find

The Cat in the Hat took the kids out to play
and brought chalk and ropes they had to jump
He thought that he’d win if he ran in the mud
but they laughed when he slipped and fell on his rump.

When time came to stop because Mom would be home
The Cat and the kids were so sad
But The Cat told the kids that he’d be back again soon
and what a great time he had had.

©2023 CBialczak

Simply 6-Minutes 3/7/23 Evil Cloaks Itself in Beauty

Susan has given us a way to see serial killers through the picture of a rotting rose!

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In only 6 minutes we must use the image below to inspire a story.

Son: ” Dad, we’re doing a new unit about ‘serial killers’ at school. I was surprised that Ted Bundy didn’t look at all like a ‘monster’.”

Dad: “That’s the same revelation that I had when I first saw him in the news. That observation opened my eyes to ‘how evil works’ in our world. It, more often than not, appeals to people’s ‘better natures’ and cons them into doing its bidding. Far more harm and destruction has come from people convinced that they were doing something ‘noble’ and ‘good’ than ugly barbarians. An interruption to common sense and logic comes ‘gift wrapped’ in a pretty promise that people may have an opportunity to ‘show off’ their virtuousness. Bundy was good looking and likeable, so he wasn’t easily suspected of “evil” which gave him more opportunities to…

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Simply Six Minutes

Cheryl reminds us to pay attention to detail

The Bag Lady


Not looking closely, Marci grabbed the bouquet and pulled it to her chest, nearly squashing the roses. She knew it, hoped it, dreamed and even wished it—he loved her. Now here was the proof! She quickly took a couple of dollars from her purse on the sideboard and tipped the delivery man. He spied her quizzically thinking she had better take a better look at the flowers, but shrugged and left.

Marci just held the roses against her taking in the beautiful scent, of course he knew her favorites. He had been too distant lately and hopes were dwindling, but now? This gift? She almost swooned she was so enraptured.

It was only later while disassembling the bouquet, she saw the odd looking one, and being over excited earlier, promptly fainted.


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Simply Six Minutes 7th March

Di has a take on this prompt that made someone very wealthy!


Christine of Stine Writing is our host and you can join in here.

This is a picture of a rose that is past its time but it looks like a skeleton face.
Death of a Rose:

Nothing would grow here. Even those with the greenest of fingers had to admit defeat.
The soil was suitable and well irrigated, but nothing survived in this particular patch.
Three years of nothing, so when the Death Rose bloomed and died, they got the experts in.

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Welcome to Hell

Written by Damien and Rei

Misery Loves Their Own Company

I am going to just write and see what happens

I stab at my chest, in grave unrest, not with needles or knife but with address

a dress of grave site undressed by a dress. I am not stressed, or un-rested. I am just disconnected but I am fine. I am fine I am mine. I am connected to nothing. You cannot touch me. I am floating. I am nothing

Forever away, forever away.

Get the **** away from me

starry night of stabbing madness. I am touching everything and nothing

and I can’t spell anything right write write right

My hands don’t work. I have no clear thoughts


stupid addict

addict to pain

I am darkness

I am light

I am schizophrenic after thought of bite

I hate myself I hate you.

I am the moon.

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Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 03/07/2023

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

This is a picture of a rose that is past its time but it looks like a skeleton face.

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!