Flash Fiction Friday: Water From Meteorites

As you can see from my previous post, I just finished reading The Tokaido Road. Japanese culture has always fascinated me and the book really put me right into Japan just as the Europeans were discovering the country. As I was finishing the book, I read a science article about water being discovered in Martian meteorites. I tried to draft a short story about water in meteorites but it just wasn’t working for me. So, not wanting to give the idea up so quickly, decided to try a haiku about water and meteorites. Now a haiku is pretty short, and just one haiku seemed a little chincy to me so I wrote four of them, which you will find below.

Haiku’s are short poems, originally Japanese. They are formed in a strict format; 1st line is 5 syllables, 2nd line 7 syllables and last line 5 syllables. In the Japanese form it’s customary for the poem to have a seasonal reference. English language versions may not stick to that seasonal reference. Haiku’s should also be a sensory experience and be objective rather than subjective. There’s a lot more about Haiku and you can look into it yourselves if you’re interested in this poetic form.

Water From Metorites

1. Meteorites fly,

Silently through space, water full,

Crushing, we drink all.


2. Through lonely black space,

Meteorites of water pass,

Thirsty, we claim them.


3. Rocks pass through vast space,

Grasping, we gather, crushing,

Drinking, we rejoice.


4. Water, stuff of life,

Lurking in meteorites,

In space, hard to get.


Total words: 47

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Book Review – The Tokaido Road

I just finished a lovely book by Lucia St. Clair Robsen called The Tokaido Road. It was recommended to my husband by his brother. My husband found it in the local library and liked it so much he read it quickly and passed it to me.

A story about a young samaurai woman, determined to avenger her father’s death, it takes us through 1700’s Japan. I loved the realistic depiction of Japanese culture, fashion, hair do’s and language. The book is based on an actual historical event in Japanese history and brings us along on the young woman’s journey.

If you love a good action story, love the feel of a lush and rich story world, you’ll love this biik. There are swords, danger, chases, and love. I recommend it highly.