‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021.’ NEW IMAGE PROMPT Week #36 #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts #poetry #haibun @pursoot

Here’s the always fun Suzanne Burke’s ‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021’ Image Prompt Week #36!

I went with a Haibun Poem, which is a combination of a prose paragraph and a Haiku/Senryu working together.


I had carefully reapplied the blue, yellow, black, and brown paint to the 67 VW van. I added a touch of dirt onto my metal canvas to make it look like I’d been on the road for a couple of weeks. Each sixties phrase and symbol were brought to life after being buried in the junkyard for years. The webbed glass was replaced, and the wheels now supported the body. I secured the final headlight, more than satisfied with my effort. A shudder ran through my body as I proceeded through the final check. Each positive mark on my list got me closer to the goal. Finally, each box was filled. It was ready. I sank into my hemp covered seat and took a long, cleansing breath. This van would serve as my home now, and I’d included a small stove, bed, toilet, fridge, and sink. It had been tricky building it around the powerful engine, but not impossible. I’d found a way to run the van on Vodka, but any liquor that was 70 proof or higher would do in a pinch. After selling everything I owned for this moment, all I had left was my beloved black cat, Stormy, who would be my only companion and my roof garden. I smiled and started the engine.

The time machine packed
Hope still lingers in the past
Here, I’ll save our world.

32 thoughts on “‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021.’ NEW IMAGE PROMPT Week #36 #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts #poetry #haibun @pursoot”

  1. This was a lot of fun. I don’t know what this says about me, but the detail that stuck out the most was running on vodka. Now I have the Jackson Browne song, “Running on Empty,” going through my head, but with different lyrics. But what I’m really picturing is this poor fictional guy. He’d like to have a couple shots of vodka, but if he does that, he won’t have enough to get to the liquor store to buy more vodka. He’s probably going to have to learn to make wine. : )

    1. Good song for this, Catheen 🙂 My theory was if the driver runs out then it’s possible to make a nice batch of moonshine. Could grown some grapes on top of the VW for wine too.

    1. Of course the black kitty would have to go. I keep thinking he’s going to end up talking at some point…

    1. Thanks, Jan:) it was between hemp or those beaded seat covers. I definitely had fun with this prompt.

  2. I love this, Denise! You really had some fun with this one. Vodka, hemp and a black kitty-cat, the perfect travel companions. I have just had the pleasure of sharing this. Thank you, my friend. 🤗

  3. I love that you’ll be saving the world! 💗 What a fun read, Denise. It brought all kinds of smiles. Well done! 😁

  4. So imaginative, Denise! I loved all the details and the haiku was a perfect twist. What a lovely positive post and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Off you go to save the world!

    1. Thanks, Diana:) I really like wrapping these ideas/stories in a haiku. Happy Valentines Day. I’m taking off in my van!

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