FFfAW– The Great Poet


Whilst Greg wouldn’t yet classify himself as being on the level of Shakespeare, he thought he was, at the very least, on par with Homer. He was an artist, armed with a moleskin notebook and a pen. Each word, each letter, each stroke of the pen was careful and deliberate.

He looked at the sunflower as if it were a holy text, searching each yellow petal and brown seed for meaning.

What can a great artist like myself learn from such a plant? he wondered, tapping his pen up and down on the notebook page.

At last, with a triumphant sound, he wrote his words.

“Oh great Sunflower

Tall like a tower

You are so yellow

And so Mellow.”

He smiled at the poem proudly and shut the notebook.

Well, he thought, there’s one poem down. Time to take a break. Genius like that isn’t easy.

Word Count: 146

This is my entry for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The photo prompt was provided by Sonya, owner of the blog, Only 100 Words. I’d like to thank her for providing the picture and Priceless Joy for running the challenge.

25 thoughts on “FFfAW– The Great Poet

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    1. I’m sure Homer wrote awkward, awful poetry when he was young. Greg’s big problem is that he doesn’t realize his poetry needs work. Still, I’m sure he’ll work it out eventually.
      Thanks for commenting!

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      1. I’m chuckling. I’ve gone back and read the comments. And I’ve read your story to my husband. And we are both still laughing. But, as I just said, to himself and as a poet myself, I wonder if needing to have a thick skin as a writer (able to take the crits) is the same as needing an ego … a strong sense of self to swim between the extremes. If so, this character is well on his way to at least sending his work in for publication 🙂
        I so enjoyed this piece.

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  1. HIs poem is quite Homeric, not, ha ha. I love it. I have to say that it does irk me when people say anyone can write. Like that’s the one thing – the one thing I have that I can do with a modicum of talent, and well, anyone can do it, big deal. Ok, maybe I’m a bit like Greg.

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