Let’s Make A Deal

Show me what you have to offer

And I will show you my heart

Bargain with me until

We strike a deal of love

I will pay for your emotions

With the beating of my heart

If the cost becomes too high

We will reconsider our deal

But until that time comes

I will yearn for you each day

And do all that I can

To honor this deal of love


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challange (FOWC) – bargain

Mom Knows Best

Karen let out a sigh and turned the page in her book again.  “Mom, I just don’t get this question at all,” she said.  “And I’ve read the assignment a million times now.”

Diane went over to the table where her daughter sat and said, “What is the question?”

“We are supposed to answer these five questions from the reading, but this third one just isn’t in the reading.”

“I’m sure your teacher wouldn’t give you impossible homework.  Why don’t you read it out loud.”

Karen read the three pages again and suddenly understood, saying, “Thanks mom, you’re the best.”


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

Seven Years

The image in the mirror

Does not reflect

All that I am


The image in the mirror

Only tells you

Half the story


The image in the mirror

Is someone

Lost and alone


The image in the mirror

Shows me

Life is fading


Turning to black

An ugly existence

Stares menacingly back at me


I make a fist

And smash the glass

To end this dreadful life


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

Not Like the Movies

Harold was staring out the window.  Carol came up and asked, “What are you doing, staring off into space?”

Harold gave her a glance and shrugged his shoulders.  “Mom, I thought things would be different.  I thought we’d have lots of adventures.”

“Honey, we signed up for this and talked about it for many days.  I think you’re mixing up real life with the movies.  We are here to make history as the first family to establish this space station in orbit, not fight aliens and evil forces,” Carol said as she brushed her son’s hair out of his eyes.


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


Standing on the edge

Leaning towards the truth

Trying to find the answers

That were buried in my youth

Standing on the edge

Missing your guidance

I have to turn within

For personal reliance

Standing on the edge

Not sure of tomorrow

All I know is

I must end this sorrow

Standing on the edge

One foot pushing forward

Not knowing if all should stop

Or I should continue onward

Standing on the edge

Feeling so very alone

Will this be the moment

I go to the unknown

Standing on the edge

Can’t anyone help me

To decide what to do

Where my life should be


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

Within My Sight

Under the stars

I stare at the moon

Taking in the night

I inherit a chill

From the northern wind

And pull my jacket tight

With a deep sigh

I feel the hurt

From the earlier fight

I know the truth

But don’t believe

You wouldn’t make it right

And now somehow

I have to believe

In the morning there will be light

For when dawn breaks

I must be strong

And live with all my might


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

Luck of the Draw

Karen stood up from the table and said, “Thanks boys.  This was quite the run of luck I had tonight.  I might dabble in poker more often if it is always like this.”

The men sitting around the table all looked dejected as Karen swept the winnings into her purse.

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

(50 words)

Slow Dance

I don’t want to twist and shout

Or do the hustle

No tango or a waltz either

All I want is to sway in your arms

Letting our bodies move to the music

Slow and easy

Your breath on my neck

My head rested on your chest

Feeling it rise and fall

This is where I feel most at home

With you in the moment

The world melting away

As we dance in the moonlight


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