The Canadian Writers' Collective

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Fourteen on the Fourteenth

The Canadian Writers Collective celebrates Valentine's Day with six fourteen-word flashes.


Fresh leather. American cigarettes.

He was a bad boy, but he smelled so good.

— Mel Bell

Been There, Done That

In trash: one photo album, white gown and veil.

Down toilet: one gold band.

— Tricia Dower


From the heat of damask and down,

one foot barely touches the cool floor.

— Tamara Lee


Steamy mirror afterwards.

You wait your turn with one hand around my tea cup.

— J.A. McDougall


Kissing. Pulling closer from the small of her back.

His hand spans her clavicle.

— Patricia Parkinson

Self-Portrait, South Pennine Moors, c. 1982

The epicentre of love is not the beloved.

— Andrew Tibbetts

Take a stab at your own fourteen-word micro-fiction on the theme of love, and share it with us in the comments section, below. You can include the title in the word count as Andrew has done, or not, like the rest of us. The comment we love the most this month gets a prize!

Photo taken by Tricia on the Big Island of Hawaii, 2003. Hope you're still going strong, Rob and Patty.


Blogger Patricia said...

Happy Valentines Day. Tricia. This is great.

Wed Feb 14, 03:33:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Patricia said...

and the picture is fabulous!

Wed Feb 14, 03:34:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her friends were aghast. She wasn't. Forty-seven great years have passed. She still isn't.

Wed Feb 14, 09:32:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Ellen said...

Love and Chocolate

I bit into a truffle and grimaced. Coconut. "Have mine," he said. "It's caramel."

Wed Feb 14, 10:10:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Sharon Hurlbut said...

Fourteen Words of Love

Are better spent
on grocery lists.
Love is a silent tongue,
prolific, urgent, shared.

Wed Feb 14, 10:13:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Sean Farragher said...


Sudden multiple four
rim shot cream leaks
musical be de bop;
creamed orgy bleep.


Wed Feb 14, 10:25:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Joseph Young said...

She's red-hatted in the snow. Okay? he says. Her small shoulders measure his arm.

Wed Feb 14, 10:30:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...


They wilt. I’m still unyielding. They die. I’m always hungry.

Wed Feb 14, 10:51:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous Ethan Anderson said...

For Want Of

Heaven's alright, but it's run like a nightclub. I'd die waiting outside your doors.

Wed Feb 14, 10:51:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger peggy said...

How do I love thee, he whispered. Two sons, grandchildren and thirtyfive years.

Wed Feb 14, 10:52:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Elaine D. Little said...

Who is Cupid? A naked baby sporting wings and a lethal weapon. Love hurts.

Wed Feb 14, 11:05:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger H.E.Eigler said...

I’m too hot alone in bed. You touch me with icy hands.

Good night.

Wed Feb 14, 12:30:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Colin said...

Another Valentine's Day, still unconvinced we need candy to show love for one another.

Wed Feb 14, 12:56:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allo, Brethren
To The North! ;)

Herewith, my humble
Vally Day offering:

Alliterative Proposition

Cardboard sign
on the overpass:

Will Work For Love!

Horns honk, hopes
held high.

--Dennis Mahagin

Wed Feb 14, 02:06:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Nonnie Augustine said...

"Hand in hand, you and I will walk on gravel paths studded with gemstones."

Nonnie Augustine

Wed Feb 14, 02:26:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Avery_elzmyth said...

One broken condom,
One pregnant girlfriend,
Should have stayed home,
With the wife.

Wed Feb 14, 03:02:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Eternal by Theresa C. Newbill

The crystallized
love of our home
is reflected
in the lamplight
of its windows.

Embrace by Theresa C. Newbill

Click of buttons
Black slip
Warm embrace
Surface to skin
Crescent moon
Across oceans.

Wed Feb 14, 03:48:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Theresa C. Newbill said...

Love Eternal by Theresa C. Newbill

The crystallized
love of our home
is reflected
in the lamplight
of its windows.

Embrace by Theresa C. Newbill

Click of buttons
Black slip
Warm embrace
Surface to skin
Crescent moon
Across oceans.

Wed Feb 14, 03:50:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Theresa C. Newbill said...

Discovery by Theresa C. Newbill

Swift lightening.
Rushing earth
under our legs.
Words carried
by waves.
Flesh becomes spirit.

Wed Feb 14, 04:35:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Theresa C. Newbill said...

Mourning by Theresa C. Newbill

I call you from your sleep.
Your beautiful voice
distinct in the darkness,

Wed Feb 14, 04:49:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Theresa C. Newbill said...

Widowed by Theresa C. Newbill

Here I sit, alone.
Typing out poems,
thinking of you smiling.
Missing you always.

Wed Feb 14, 05:03:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ate beef dip and fries today because nobody wished me Happy Valentine's Day.

Wed Feb 14, 05:19:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Hey, anonymous, I love beef dip and fries. I don't have to feel unloved to eat them. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Wed Feb 14, 05:25:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger JL said...

Love is only true if it lasts,
otherwise I'm just stupid, irrational and blind.

Wed Feb 14, 06:03:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Sean Farragher said...

1488 -- Narratives

Canada-America is an illusion.
Icelandic fisherman drag
nets off coast of Atlantis.

(Title Part of Count)

Wed Feb 14, 06:09:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Sean Farragher said...

50 Million Years

Your breasts unfold
present. Mountains
move pith, wilderness.
The bed’s hinge did not sing.


Wed Feb 14, 06:42:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Martin Heavisides said...

If you laugh at the exact moment of a kiss, it might be misinterpreted.

Wed Feb 14, 07:08:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh these are silly, sad, strange and dirty, wonderfully disgusting as well as romantic. Cupid with a lethal weapon - what a pip, Elaine.

Bravo. Now off to make a dinner for my valentine.

The Maple Room

Wed Feb 14, 07:13:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Patricia said...

sooo loving this, these are the best Valentines I ever read, soo cool you guys, keep em coming!

Wed Feb 14, 07:50:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Undying love shines in fading eyes; the heart beats once more, the hand releases.

Wed Feb 14, 08:06:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Ron Stanley said...

I scrape ice off your car.
Later, you'll repay me,
warming up the bed.

Wed Feb 14, 08:22:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray Grant said, "Love is never having to say you're sorry unless you're sorry that you're sorry."

Thu Feb 15, 12:16:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous Ben Henry Swadley said...

An arrangement of flowers, withering after Valentine's Day, thoughts remembered, spent husks thrown away.

Thu Feb 15, 10:34:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Ian said...

A day late. Oh well.


You left a message on my phone. I close my eyes, thinking of you.


A whole box of chocolates in one sitting—you and I grow fat together.


I watch the water swirl, and wish it were your hair clogging the drain.

Thu Feb 15, 11:40:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous Avery Elzmyth said...

An I aw-waysh shot ih wush Happy hick! BALentinesh Day. I Love you, man!

Thu Feb 15, 07:32:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Ron Stanley said...

She makes noises like a small, hurt animal, coming from some deep, ancient place.

Thu Feb 15, 07:43:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger sass said...

Although closing, he still took their order.

“Here, y’are, Loverbirds.”

Loverbirds. That one stuck.

Fri Feb 16, 11:50:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger JP Maloney said...

Boy met girl.Girl said “no".

Boy wept.

Girl met girl.

Boy felt better.

Fri Feb 16, 02:14:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger JP Maloney said...

Hurricane Annie

She arrived, bringing much lusty blowing.

She left with half my house.

Fri Feb 16, 02:16:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous ben henry swadley said...

Though it's past the 14th, I always have 14 words to say.....

Love loosely whispered from gin soaked lips, deceiving words creep beyond what's truly meant.

Sat Feb 17, 02:44:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger charles said...

"How do you like love," she asked me once, "How do you like love?"

Tue Feb 20, 09:57:00 pm GMT-5  

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