Campaign Challenge: It’s War!

It’s time for Rachael Harrie’s First Campaigner Challenge! So here it is, direct from Rachael’s blog:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, โ€œShadows crept across the wallโ€. These five words will be included in the word count. 

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:

  • end the story with the words: “everything faded.” (also included in the word count)
  • include the word “orange” in the story
  • write in the same genre you normally write
  • make your story 200 words exactly!
Feel free to use the picture to inspire you, or else see how whacky, creative, and original you can get ๐Ÿ™‚

My genre, hmm? Well, my first book is an upper middle grade fantasy set on the first earth, a sentient planet. Earth One has a crystal-matrix mind and speaks in metered rhyme, the lowest speech form its inhabitants can understand, at least those with the talent for poetry. Admit it, poetry is easier than math, science, or music, right? So I wrote a prolog in metered rhyme.

Given that very few people understood the amount of time and effort it took to write my other rhyming campaign challenges, I don’t expect to win any prizes. Just give me an E for effort. Excluding the title, my poem is exactly 200 words. I broke the meter intentionally at the end.

The Broken Heartland
Shadows crept across the wall,
 emboldened by the nightโ€™s fast fall.
Orange glowed in purple skies;
 clouds of sorrow heaved with sighs.
Awful was the scene that night
 when evil hordes swarmed in to fight.
Power mad and jealous folk
 attacked in veils of fire and smoke.
In defense the Earth Scouts rose
 to strengthen crystal power flows.
Panicked by the foeโ€™s advances,
 cowards ran and took their chances.
Weapons fired and cannons boomed;
 crystals cracked, the city was doomed.
All night long shots buzzed like flies
 โ€˜til few could hear the warning cries.
Top to tip, the Heartland tore,
 a canyon-deep and bloody sore.
No Scout healed the ragged rift;
 those still alive had not the gift,
When the final trembling came,
 none had strength to shoulder the blame.
Earth One slept for many years,
 awakening at last, in fears,
Power waning, death was sure,
 yet one hope remained of a cure,
If the ancient blood ran true
 in younger siblingโ€™s world of blue.
Might a crystal message find
 the crucial bond in humanโ€™s mind?
Landing on a hill, it flashed;
 a Boy Scout saw, and up he dashed.
Played the scene so long awaited,
Awesome toy! Everything faded.
If you liked my poem here, please give it a “like” vote here, under my entry, # 148, in the list.

Whether or not you “liked” my poem, you deserve a chance at some chocolate and books for reading it, so I’m temporarily moving my monthly chocolate and books contest here. You can come back next month and enter again through the tab at the top of my blog. I even made a blog button you can stick on your own blog to remind you. Don’t let the +14 entries scare you. This contest has only two requirements, following my blog and leaving a comment, but you can share it however many times you want to enter more times and increase your chances. The next drawing is March 11th. Yes, you get to choose any paperbacks from my huge stock, and your choice of chocolate to go with the books. Yum!

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Share A Heart

Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I’m a big fan of poetry and especially rhyming poetry. You did fantastic! Great rhythm, great cadence – and you worked the ending in there. Well done!

  2. Me too!! I LOVE poetry!! I used to write it all the time… now I mostly do novels. But You’re poem was AWESOME! Great job! Voting for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m entry #19

  3. Oh, I know how hard you worked. My family often writes poems at Christmas to roast people. It’s for fun, but it’s still work. Good job. You get my vote!

  4. I loved this one, and it makes me want to read the novel, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also, I really enjoyed the poems you wrote during the last campaign.

  5. Hi fellow campaigner – you’ve just been tagged ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Great poem that tells a story. I entered with a poem as well (#91).

  7. My hat goes off to anyone who can write smashing poetry, and that was excellent. Nice one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I enjoyed this so much that I’m happy to tell you you have been shortlisted as one of the top five in the First Campaign Challenge to move on to stage two! Ta ra!

  9. US ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Thank you all so much! I will try to visit your entries this weekend. I squeezed in my little writing time this week while my third son was here for his birthday visit. It’s the icing on the cake to find out I’ve been shortlisted! Or should I say awesome strawberry sauce! (because my son always has angel food cake with strawberry sauce for his birthday) Woot!

  11. International. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I really liked your poem! It’s amazing!

  12. I love poetry! Beautifully written! Nicely done ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m #37

  13. That was really clever. I loved the ending. Mine is #71

  14. Wow. Reallllly loved this poem!! You have my vote. So creative!

  15. Really nice rhythm and imagery. Loved it! Stopping by to say hi and to platform tag you ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I enjoyed the rhythm in your poem and thought you did great with your word choices.

    Congratulations on moving on to the next round!

    Thanks for the tag! I will post something for that early in the week.

  17. Excellent entry! Loved the images you’ve painted with words.

  18. A wonderful piece of verse that tells a sad story albeit with everlasting hope.

  19. Wow Sher, you are so good! A very talented lady. I loved your entry:)

  20. Great poem! I live in the US

  21. Yeah, I liked it. And I don’t enjoy poetry normally.

    But this told an exciting story, and made me want to read what happened next. I think if it continued in this poetry fashion, I could read for several more stanza’s to find out if the “boy scout” saved the day.

    Much prefer the story fashion though. But I’ve always enjoyed poetry or song lyrics in the fantasy novels I’ve read. You rank up there with the best of them.


  22. i like surprises ๐Ÿ™‚ i am in California

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  23. Hi! I really liked your poem! And I am excited about the giveaway! I live in the US (Louisiana).
    gokarter418 at aol dot com

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  25. Wonderful poetry!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am in Georgia, USA
    Kim Reid
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  26. Sher, congratulations! You’re moving on to the SEMI-FINALS!

  27. Very nice poem! I loved your voice which stayed strong throughout the piece.

    South Dakota, USA

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Lovely poem! I really enjoyed reading it!


  29. this is the first poem I came across on my trail past the campaign challenge. Really well done!!!

  30. Congratulations, you have been chosen as a winner in the first Campaign challenge.

  31. Congrats. I’m International (Portugal)

  32. Sher, I’ve never written much poetry, but my hat is off for this piece – it’s dramatic, evocative, and interesting (and it meets all the Challenge requirements too!!!). I can only imagine how hard you worked on it.

    I’ve awarded you Second Place overall in the Judging Round! A huge congrats to you, and don’t forget to pop by my blog to see the prizes you’ve won ๐Ÿ™‚



  33. Congrats!You really deserved this. Just came back again for the chocolate…lol!

  34. Congrats, Sher! I owe you a book of your choosing, up to $15 on Amazon. Contact me with your selection and I’ll grab it for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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