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Honeysuckle, woodbine … by any name smells just as sweet! Shakespeare lovers may remember King Oberon’s description of Queen Titania’s flowery bed, from Midsummer Night’s Dream:
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.
Member Grainne Armstrong has created a prompt featuring this luscious flower. We can’t wait to read the stories inspired by one of our favorite summer flowers! To learn more about all the flowers in the quote from Shakespeare, read our article: Where the Wild Thyme Blows
We invite you to create a short short story – 350 words or less – inspired by the featured picture and haiku. What characters, background, stories and plots do you imagine?
Study the current picture and haiku, then write your story.
Deadline: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 5 pm ET. Please read the guidelines below before entering.
Some of you love public voting, and others enjoy getting feedback from a highly qualified judge. We now have something for everyone!
We’re thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite judges, Regina Higgins. Regina is currently finishing a novel set in the 19th century United States, featuring many voices and contradictory points of view about a conflict in the southwest. She lives with her husband in Lexington, Kentucky, where she Zooms with friends and FaceTimes with two-year-old grandsons. Regina loves being part of the Zen Garden community, and delights in seeing it grow like a real garden. Thank you so much, Regina!