Just Wait, The Weather Will Change

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Slip and slide

All over the place

Now wintertime is here

The snow and ice

Keep building up

And trouble could be near

No school or work

The roads unpassable

The blizzard has started I fear

Hot cocoa and games

To pass the time

Until the roads are finally clear

Then shovel and snowblower

Work overtime

Until the cold brings tears

Rest and recover

Tomorrow they say

The best day of the year

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

No, Thanks Man

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Overall, the preponderance of what I write on WP is poetry or my attempt at free verse poetry anyway.  But there are times when I get tripped up by a prompt word that in no way would flow with any kind of a poetic tempo.  This is one of those times so I will thank Fandango for the challenge and politely decline to find a poetic entry to this one.  Let’s move on… the one from this morning looks a little easier.  I think I can work with it … stay tuned to find out!

This was my sad attempt at Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – preponderance

Nightfall’s Lament

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As the day wears out

And night does shroud the sky

She sits in her father’s chair

And softly starts to cry

Remembering the life he led

The excitement and the dangers

His service to his country and his city

His kindness to many strangers

He was really well respected

And was liked in many towns

But the darkness makes her maudlin

And the emptiness brings her down

Left behind with only memories

Echoes of laughter from the past

She hopes for some relief

But it never seems to last

Just a longing of a special time

Before both her parents were gone

Now she suffers alone each night

And the pain just lingers on

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


She heard the word


And she was instantly on guard

Why should she care

If she had someone to call her own

Or if she lived alone

Was it really so bad

To spend time with herself

But she had lived

A lot of years with someone

Her parents, husband and daughter

And the quiet was suffocating her now

Left in that silent void

She had never felt so alone and scared

But she was trying

There were less tears now

And more acceptance

If she could just get past

The feeling she would forever be alone

Maybe she could find a friend in herself

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

Safety Net

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I feel like disaster is waiting

Hiding around the corner

One thing after another

Keeps going wrong

And you are still not here

Not where I can see you

Not near enough to touch

Not within my senses at all

I am trying to be strong

And weather this awful storm

But I would feel much safer

Wrapped up in your arms

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

It Hurts

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Heartache is the essence of love

Whether it is happy or sad

Heartache is a part of love

Loving someone so much it hurts

Or the pain from love lost

All come from the very core of love

There is no way to avoid that pain

It goes hand in hand with the joys

Love is not for the faint of heart

And often it happens at a time or place

That we never had planned

But in spite of the pain involved

It is the most beautiful feeling

After all there is that saying –

There is a fine line between pleasure and pain

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

Spam For Breakfast

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She poured her oat cluster cereal into the bowl, added a little milk and sat down at the kitchen counter.  She grabbed her phone and began to search through the updates from overnight that were filling her screen.  Sale ads, email notifications, updates from Facebook and one that caught her eyes.

There was a text message from her phone carrier saying she had paid her bill and they had a gift for her.  In all of the years she had been with this provider she had never gotten such a text, and come to think of it her bill was not yet due.   Upon further examination she found it to be a pretty convincing spam with a link she would go nowhere near.  “Damn spammers,” she said and forwarded the text to 7726.


Yeah, I had a spam text last month that looked pretty legit, except it wasn’t my time to pay.  I did a little calling and Verizon said it was not sent by them and to forward it to their fraud division through the spam text number 7726.  I guess this is a universal number to report spam… at least that is the way it looked when I looked up the number on Google.  Be vigilant!  Watch out for all text you receive, they are not all innocent.

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