A Moment

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I wish I had a moment

Just for a quiet repose

No pressures

No judgement

No endless thoughts

Perhaps today

Just for a short time

I can take a deep breath

And find a calm inside

A moment of tranquility

Where I can relax

Without the stresses

I face everyday

Without the pain

My body inflicts

Without being haunted

By my yesterdays

… perhaps for a moment

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – repose

You Can Say That Again

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“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.” – Don Henley

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.” – James Dean

“Poetry is not only dream and vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across out fears of what has never been before.” – Audre Lorde

“I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – bridge

Never Stopped

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I am back at your door

It is time to cash in

To redeem this coupon

You once gave to me

Good for one night

Of unbridled passions

You gave it to me years ago

When we were young

And bursting with love

But there is no expiration

And it is not null and void

So can I hold you tonight

Can we recapture

What we once had

Rekindle the flames

That once burned bright

Please step back in time with me

Because I have loved you endlessly

Take this coupon and love me tonight

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – redeem

Reaching the Summit

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In a relationship

Many things should become

Easier with someone there

But we’ve come to

An uphill slope

That is steeper than it seems

And maybe never ending

But I try to keep going

One foot in front of the other

And climbing over debris

Sometimes you’re with me

And other times I am alone

I guess I will wait and see

If you have stuck with me

Until the summit or if

You have given up back down the road

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – slope

Dreams in the Clouds

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Like a broken wing

Grounding a bird

Whose only wish

Is to soar in the skies

My heart has been scarred

And aches to feel love

Your words forever

Haunting my soul

I need time to heal

And regain my strength

Then like the healed bird

I can fly to my dreams

And hope you will be

Waiting there for me

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wing

Not Good Enough

In a word

Is how I feel


No longer wanted

No longer needed

Forgotten since

I became a useless person

Unable to work

Unable to do a lot of things

Some days I can barely get through

Taking them moment but moment

Friends have moved on

To others who can keep up

Family doesn’t visit

Afraid they’ll wear me out

Even those closest to me

Dismiss me as unimportant

The only thing that I can say

Is chronic illness is a lonely life

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – inadequate

Test Time

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Deanna was asleep on top of her desk when her mom came in to check on her.  Her mom gently touched her shoulder and whispered, “Honey, you need to go to bed and get some real sleep.”

Deanna stirred and slowly raised her head, “I can’t believe I fell asleep.  I really need to study for this test.”

“You will not do any good on it if you don’t get your rest though.  Get some sleep and maybe get up a half an hour early and revisit it with a refreshed mind in the morning.”

“You are right Mom; I just know it is going to be an essay test and my dates and facts will need to be there to have it work.”

“You are great with your writing; an essay test should be a breeze for you!  Now get some sleep sunshine.”

“I will, thanks Mom.”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – essay

Parcheesi Please

The tension was high

A battle of highest standards

We had played a thousand times

And that estimate was low

For a good share of the time

We kept track of who won

But it has never been about winning

It is the time spent together

More like two friends sharing time

Then a mother and daughter playing

But it was a bond

And with each time we would

Roll, move and repeat

It was another laugh

Another minute

Another silent embrace

Of love from me to you

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – repeat

*Today has been eleven years since my Mom died and I still miss her like crazy. This is just one example of “repeat” for things she would do with me. I really miss those games. We would listen to music and laugh… good memories I hope I will never lose.

A Letter Never Sent

My dearest friend,

As I write this tonight, I think back on all you did for me.  How you were there at the right time and place to help me deal with a great loss.  How you guided my footsteps through pain and sorrow.  Now eleven years have passed, and you are no longer nearby.  Vanished from my life for reasons unknown.  I grieve your loss as much as the other.  I did and still do care about you.  Hope you are feeling fine.  I hope all those dreams you once shared with me have come true for you.  Above all I hope you have found that illusive happiness you never were able to grasp.

I will not lament the days we have lost.  I will instead treasure the times that we had.  I would raise a glass in your honor, but alcohol brough me to that dark place I was when I met you.  Although there are still some lose ends in that story, I figure you have forgotten what we shared.  There were not many minutes, only a handful of moments of help.  But enough to forever grant you a place in my heart.

I remember you fondly, I just hope you remember me.

Always a friend on your side,


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lament