A Man Of The Law

He was an officer of the law…

He never made others feel guilty
He would mitigate the situation
And calm all of those involved
He became the one in charge
And his men all liked him
He expected work to be done
But he was not against a little fun
He gave more than 40 years
To protect and to serve
I salute him for what he did
And the things that he went through
He comanded the men during some riots
He captured a couple of murderers
He assisted after a bomb went off in the jail
Robberies and accidents
Assaults and tickets
All dealt with using a delicate tact…

This captain will be missed


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

Mumbles … onerous

According to a google search onerous is ” involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome.” It lists synonyms as being heavy, burdensome, crushing, difficult, hard… My mind is in a mess right now and every thought is heavy, crushing and difficult. To create a coherent thought into a sentence is burdensome and hard. I watched my Dad take his last breath tonight, but I have to write. I have to let some words out along with the tears. I have to try to find a little normalicy to ground me.

We just put Dad into hospice care. We had a meeting Wednesday with staff that he should have 24/7 care. We implimented that with staffing from Home Instead by Thursday. He had his first comfort meds on Thursday and just that fast he is gone tonight.

I am sitting up waiting to call a few people in the early morning before they start their days. I can’t see a call in the middle of the night disrupting their sleep when there is nothing they can do.

This is not much of a post, but I have rewritten it three times. I think I will accept this version and post it. There may be a lot of my Dad in my upcoming posts. He was a wonderful man, who is greatly missed.


Written for (my peace of mind and) Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – onerous

life is so unkind

it is far from being fair
and i take umbrage at it
life can be so cruel
and knock a person down
it can take a happy man
and turn him inside out
steal his identity
and twist his thoughts around
years of life take their toll
and create a false reality
but worst of all is knowing
there is nothing i can do


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


He was an avid reader
At least a book a week
Now I see him struggle
With what the words mean
He used to program computers
Now he can’t even turn one on
He can answer a land line phone
But his cell phone is a mystery
Slowly life is taking him away from me
One lost memory at a time
I wonder if tonight
He will even know my name


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

The After Party

They were at a party
The wine was flowing
She grew more and more agitated
He was downing glass after glass

It was his car they came in
And she would not let him drive
They went home in silence
The tension was high

When they arrived home
She left him alone
Unwilling to talk to him
He wouldn’t remember anyway

But when morning came
Her anger still fresh
She rebuked his decisions
To be so irresponsible

A fight ensued
And she finally thought
Enough of this life
I’d rather be alone

She packed her things
And left him with the bottle
Begging one more time
That he should get some help


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

Love Notes

The instrumental music swells
Notes surging through my veins
The rhythm beats with my heart
As the melody triggers memories…

Days long past
When we would dance
Your arms around my waist
Tender moments locked inside
Each and every chord
Laughter and happiness
As you’d twirl me across the floor
My hand in yours
True love connecting us
In a symphony of joy


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

Mumbles … enmity

Enmity… I won’t hide it. I had to look the word up. According to a Google definition search it is “the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.” It is not a word I had heard before, at least not that I remember. And trying to write a poem seemed pretty bleak for this word. So how to mumble about enmity?

There is the “easy” way out and pick on the current government… but I don’t claim to know enough about politics to write a post on it. There are a few somethings I could say I had enmity towards… cancer, dementia and alcoholism to name a few. But I am dealing with enough medical talk while I take care of my father and I just did a post about my alcoholic ex.

What to write… maybe it is that I write nothing? Hostile is not a state of mind I usually get to. I tend to stay pretty quiet and pretty neutral. So maybe this is just not a word that should even be in my vocabulary.

When I first saw it I thought of amity or enemy. I don’t really have any enemies that I know of. And “Amity” is the name of an Oak Ridge Boys song from one of their many albums I have. Sadly there is no video of the song I could share.

Here I sit with nothing more to mumble about except I appreciate each of you making it this far in my random writing. I guess this was more of a stream of consciousness post. Maybe you too have learned a new word today. Maybe I just ate up some of your day with nonsense. Either way, my words are done.


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