‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021 New Image Prompt #30! #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts @pursoot #poem #poetry #Haibun

Here’s Suzanne Burke’s‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021. New Image Prompt #30.

Sorry, I’m a little late posting this.

When I saw the plane leaving I thought about my character, Coral, watching her parents fly away. So, this is based on “Dolphin’s Cave.”

This is a Haibun Poem that is a prose paragraph and Haiku/Senryu that connect.


She clung to her aunt’s chilled hand as the plane disappeared behind the heavy gray clouds. In her other hand was the smooth, silver dolphin pendant, a gift from her parents for her 8th birthday. It symbolized the promise of a happy future. The sparkling smile and final wave from her mother had settled into a content calm as she turned away. She’d mark each day carefully on her ocean calendar until they returned from their business trip. Soon, they would make that tropical journey together.

Plane found in the sea
Her parents lost but not found
Hope held up her heart.

40 thoughts on “‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021 New Image Prompt #30! #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts @pursoot #poem #poetry #Haibun”

  1. When I saw your post, I read the poem first, and immediately thought of Dolphin’s Cave, then went to the paragraph. For those of us who read and loved Dolphin’s Cave, your post holds a promise. Love it! 💗

    1. Thanks, Gwen. I couldn’t help but think of Coral watching her parents plane fly away. Yes, always hope. Xo

    1. Thanks, Joan 🙂 Although a kid’s story, I think adults might enjoy it too. It is sad but still some hope.

    1. They do change our lives, Balroop. Very painful and unforgettable, but there is also hope.

    1. Thank you, Soooz. I was going to sit down and do it Wednesday, but then I ended up watching TV and the events playing out. I had an idea, so I went ahead and did it anyways, even past the deadline:)

      1. It’s a marvelous take on the prompt, Denise. It’s been a tumultuous week for my friends in the US of A. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. 🙏

    1. It is a sad moment, but there is hope thrown in. Yes, I can’t imagine how a child would deal with such a loss.

    1. Thank you, Mae:) I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was a nice challenge to base it off a book and that moment.

  2. Oh no, I was shocked at the ending, Denise! So sorry for the child. The plane went down in Indonesia came to my mind. The 26 passengers could be parents and siblings of many people. Great job responding to the prompt.

    1. Thank you, Miriam. It is tragic when family suffer this loss. Coral is able to remain hopeful though for other reasons.

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