Writespiration #112 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 16

writespiration-20172017 bringsย 52 challenges over 52 weeks.

Your challenge is to write your story using the weekly theme/prompt and write it in just 52 words…. EXACTLY, no more, no less.

Submit your entries in the comments or on a blog post and I post them the following week with the new prompt. You have until Sunday to enter.

This week is a challenge and a half. I want you to write about the theme:


BUT, in addition to that, I want you to write your story backwards…!

Have fun *muhahaha*


  1. Here is my entry for this week’s challenge. Read from top to bottom, then the other way round. The first letter of each line, read from bottom up, names the subject of the poem. Had fun doing this!


    Languishing at long last in jail
    As he ponders his crime
    Nightmarish images of being caught, oh the shame,
    In flagrante delicto
    Murder in the first degree, premeditated and precise
    It had been a unanimous decision
    Rage resounded like a church bell throughout the court
    Captured at last, the cowardly criminal

  2. Perfect prompt to consider the contrary Sacred Clowns of the Enchanted Land of New Mexico. Here, Pueblo tribes remain to tell us that what we call “ruins” are alive with the spirits of their ancient ancestors. And when you stand among the carved stones, you can feel it. The Sacred Clowns taunt the Kachinas (the spirit guides of the Pueblo, Hopi, Zuni and Navajo people) and often do things backwards. Chaco Canyon was built in 850 AD and is a World Heritage Center for all peoples today.

    Timeline for Chaco Canyon by Charli Mills

    Ravens flew backwards when clowns arrived in tourist garb to Instagram faded petroglyphs.

    Time abraded sandstone.

    Ravens stood guard.

    Conquistadores spilled blood and semen across the Pueblos.

    Chaco rose, a living heart pulsing to ravens.

    Sacred Clowns danced, carving symbols in sandstone, singing of a rise, fall and return repeated by ravens.

    1. beautiful words Charli, as always. My great grandmother was actually Cherokee so their history fascinates me. Sorry it’s taken an obscene amount of time to reply, I burnt out like completely… Then I got snowed under with launch stuff. Hope you’re okay?

  3. And thatโ€™s about how it should go. Taila falls off landing painfully. Nancy neighs confused and bucks when she climbs the fence and mounts. The horse grazes happily. The thought is she could ride her backwards. It is not a good thought when coupled with a horse and being drunk.

  4. That was really taxing!! But I think I managed to pull something together using the prompt from a few weeks back – The Girl in the Black Hood. ๐Ÿ™‚

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