Together

She was sending another set of lyrics to her friend Sam.  He was in a local band and they had collaborated to set one of her poems to music.  She was over the moon hearing him sing “her song.”  Now she had written three more hoping one of them was good enough for music and they could collaborate again.

In just a week her phone rang, and he was calling with good news.  He had talked to his friend in New York and he loved the song and wanted to buy it.  She almost fainted.  Her dream was coming true.

 

(100 words)

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

Fandango’s Friday Flashback – March 20th

This was a poem I wrote for the daily prompt “label” back in 2017.  It was originally published here .  I hope you like it!

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One of a Kind

Don’t slap a label on me

I don’t fit inside of a box

I am a one of a kind original

Destined for better things

Than any label can give me

Labels are one-dimensional

And I have more depth than that

 

Don’t pin me to a label

Tomorrow I may change

Branch out into a new direction

I must do my own thing

Labels are for the masses

Of cookie cutter girls all the same

And I am completely uniquely me

 

For Fandango’s Friday Flashback (FFF) March 20th

So Many Changes

My sister can no longer

Carouse the downtown bars

My daughter has to limit

The customers at her job

My elderly neighbor fears

He will be the first to go

I worry about my asthma

Will it become out of control

The news is constantly on

Governments adding more rules

I wonder about the kids

Will they learn like they did at school

One day we will come out

On the other side

Until then hang on

This virus is a bumpy ride

 

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

This Day

She was so happy

This was the day she dreamed of

She was a bride

This was the start of a new chapter

She was in love

This was the man she’d share her life with

She was worried

This was taking too long to start

She asked why

This was the news she got

She was jilted

This was the worst day of her life

 

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

A Ring And A King

I took the phone and dialed

The number of my child

We had a talk

Then I took a walk

Because the weather was kind of mild

 

And while I was walking

A royal hawk was squawking

I was too close to his nest

Where his child did rest

So I bowed a farewell to the king

 

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

Mumbles … Conflate

It was time for another Google search… who uses the word conflate?  I looked at it and thought cornflakes.  Seriously, I had to look this one up.  It means to combine.  I got to thinking … depression and anxiety are two things that should not be conflated.  Especially with this pandemic happening.

My anxiety makes me worry about the virus 24/7.  And the isolation from keeping up with social distancing just fuels my depression.  So, I worry and try not to cry.  I have to worry about my boyfriend.  he works retail and I am sure not everyone is going to social distance themselves when they are sick.  So they come into the store to (try to) buy cold medicine and tissues and then go through the check-outs coughing everywhere.

My daughter is also a part of a service industry – a coffee shop manager.  Corporate headquarters and state mandates mean she is still open but only for to go and drive-thru orders.  And wouldn’t you know it… people come through a drive-thru sick also.

I have seen it multiple times on Facebook recently – thank a truck driver bringing supplies, thank retail workers stocking and selling you items you need, thank the medical community as they all are putting their own health on the line to serve you.

I should stop mumbling and try to read more posts that I am behind on.  I have just conflated a bunch of words together to make a semi-coherent blog.  Hope you all stay safe!  (((HUGS)))

 

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

Searching

Tanya walked into the shop on her right. She had been browsing the mall stores for a gift of some kind for her sister’s birthday. Her sister was older than her and had very different tastes that Tanya. She walked over to where the puzzles were and thought of her Dad who had loved them… her sister, not so much. Tanya went to the bookstore about three doors down. Her sister was an avid reader and had a love for puzzle books. She browsed the bookstore and found a few things, then progressed to the video game store. She began to browse through the Nintendo DS games and found the game she knew her sister was looking for waiting in the used bin just for Tanya to find. She had gifts in hand and began the trip home to wrap them, hoping her sister would love them.

 

Written for Famdango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – browse

On The Missouri

The cabin greeted us

Every summer as kids

With warm memories

To be made in nature

The gentle sounds of the river

As it lapped against the banks

The gentle sounds of raindrops

Hitting the tin rooftop

A glimpse of a deer

Taking a drink of water

From the other side

Of the flowing river

Birds all over singing

With their distinct calls

My grandpa was good

He could name them all

And grandma would always

Wake us with the smell

Of pancakes on the griddle

Waiting to be devoured

There were plenty of walks

An occasional bike ride

Horseshoes and badminton

And an old swing set

It was sad to see it go

My grandparents now gone

And the family not interested

It was an old worn out cabin

But I still carry it with me

Deep in my heart

And remember it fondly

Especially during a gentle rain

 

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

Say Cheese

“Stop squirming all over Billy.  You have to sit still.” Janice said to the little boy sitting in front of a camera.  “Please sit still for just a few minutes so this nice man can take your picture.”

“But mom my neck is really itchy,” Billy replied in an irritated voice.

His mom turned to the photographer, “Please be patient with him, he is usually never like this.”  She walked over to Billy and had him turn around to show her his neck.  She grabbed the tag from the shirt and asked, “Does this itch?”

“Yeah, that’s it,” Billy exclaimed!

 

(100 words)

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

Blankety Blank…

It is 4am and I give up.  Ever since I saw the word prompt there has only been one thing on my mind.  It is a song by Tanya Tucker called “Strong Enough To Bend” and it was a song I used to sing occasionally at karaoke.   Otherwise my mind is drawing a big blank.  So this is my poor excuse for writer’s block…

 

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