Too Many Don’t End This Way

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She was sick.  She had let her guard down and just ran into the store for a gallon of milk.  And now she was one of the statistics on the news every night. An infected person with Covid19.  She wanted to hit herself for the stupidity of going without a mask that one day for 10 minutes.  But now she sat and shivered with fever and drew short shallow breaths.

She however was not giving up or giving in.  She had followed all of the CDC guidelines and was still cleaning the house as best she could, being short of breath (and the chemical smell from the cleaners was not helping either).  She had not gone to the doctor but called the covid hotline and was a presumptive case.  She was drinking lots of fluids and trying to rest.  She faced this with all the fortitude she had left.

Three weeks later she was finally taken off the ventilator and it looked like she would be able to return home some day soon.


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

Not Quite Yet

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To roll in the dough

You must know

A way to get ahead

And never feel dread

Always think positive

Never be negative

And then your dreams

Will be all it seems

You can be a winner

But first please eat your dinner


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

I Miss You Mom

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She left peacefully

Silently in the night

When I heard the news

I was instantly

Inundated with memories

And questions I could never ask

I felt numb and had

The worst pain I’ve ever had

All at the same time

It has been nearly ten years

And every bit of pain is still there

I wonder will it ever go away


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

I’m Glad I Could Help

Was I just your experiment

A woman to toy with

To see what made me tick

Then turn around

And use it all on her

The one you lost before

Did you ever once

Think of how I felt

When you spoke those words

The ones that made me melt

And then in a flash

You were just gone

Moved away from here

And you never looked back

Do you know

My heart still aches

Every time I hear your name

Was I just your experiment

Did you conclude in the end

I was nothing more than a fool


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

A to Z Challenge – Z

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The letter Z …

I like where I live.  I’m in the Midwest where we have all four seasons.  I am in a city that is big enough to have plenty of activities to do, but small enough to drive across town in less than 20 minutes.  The neighborhood where I live has a lot of families and young couples.  There is a grocery store less than a mile away.  A gas station about five blocks away.  And only 3 blocks from the clinic I go to.  All of these things leave me grateful for the zones where I live.


From Animal Crossing to zones I have shared a bit of me with this A to Z Challenge of gratitude.  Tomorrow begins a new month, new things to be written.  I hope you will stay with me to see what comes next.  THANKS for reading!