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Don’t construe what I say

As something it isn’t

I am just speaking facts

We are good for each other

We support our goals

We can sit in silence

We can talk for hours

In my observations

I feel there is emotion here

You label it what you will

I believe it is love

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

Once A Year

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A reservation for two

Chilled champagne

Soft music playing

Soft lighting

On a candlelit table

Dressed to the nines

Escorted to their seats

The ambience of

This anniversary date

Is one of true love



And style

Cheers to each other

Cheers to the future

With a kiss

To seal the deal

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

Poof, I’m Gone

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I have had to ask

More than once

Do I matter

You turn silent

You are distant

And our time is short

Once again

You close your mouth

Your eyes are averted

And you make yourself scarce

I’m getting tired of wondering

If I still matter to you

I may no longer ask

And just follow your lead

And disappear

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

We Would Never Share Chocolate

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It has been ten years

And I miss you as much now

As I did the day you left

Nearly every day that goes by

I still remember you

And wish I could be with you again

Just a moment to say I love you

To hear your laughter

To share some music

You taught me so much

And I feel I never told you thanks

What I wouldn’t give

To play parcheesi one more time

To sit next to you at a concert

To share a bar of chocolate

(That’s not right – we’d each have our own)

Often I wish there were guarantees

That I will see you again

Until my day comes

I can only hope

July 17th wasn’t the end

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

You Did What

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“Grandma did you go to work when you were younger?”

“I did before I met your Grandfather.”

“Why did you quit?”

“It was a different time and I had to make the tough decision.  I vacillated between being a stay at home mom or working while your mom and aunt were in school.”

“You did what between staying home and working?”

“Vacillated… it means went back and forth between two thoughts.”

“Oh, okay.  When you worked, what did you do?”

“I worked at a grocery store, a dry cleaner’s and I was like a babysitter for a family for a while.  Why are you asking sweetheart?”

“We have to do a paper on working women of the 50’s and Mom said you were born that long ago.”

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

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I wish I could do nothing but sleep

It is the only way I can talk to you

When I am asleep

We laugh together

You take my hand in yours

And my “what if’s” take flight

I never have to wonder

How you feel about me

I never have to question

The reasons you’re with me

We just are together

Like we were meant to be a couple

No one to tell us different

No one to stand between us

Just us and nothing but time

But my alarm goes off

And our time is gone

I wish I could do nothing but sleep…

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

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Please Wait Until Next Week To Have Your Breakdown

“Well if that will work for you I will pencil you in for a tentative spot next Wednesday at ten o’clock.  And you will be on my wait list in case we have a cancellation before that.  Take it easy Julie.”  The receptionist hung up the phone and entered something into her computer.  After she was done with that she picked the phone up again to ring Dr. Tenner’s office.  “Yes Ken, I just got off the phone with Julie Miller and she was having a little trouble today.  She said if you had any time to call today, she would appreciate it.  Okay, she is down for next Wednesday unless we get a cancellation.   Okay, thank you.”

The receptionist turned to the woman seated beside her and said, “I feel so bad when someone calls in and needs help right away and we have to make them wait a week for an appointment.  It just doesn’t seem right.”

“If there wasn’t a shortage on therapists we wouldn’t have as bad of a problem.  It is basic supply and demand.  And with the corona virus, the economy and the state of world affairs we are just over booked.  It does feel wrong… but what can we do.  There are only so many hours in a day.”

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

Feelings, For The Win

Okay, in my attempt to catch up on things I had this challenge just brewing in the background.  I think now is a good time to tackle it before I forget it altogether.  This was a challenge created by Xandria and I was so long ago tagged by Sadje – THANK YOU Sadje!

The rules are simple.  Just list your 10 favorite feelings.  So I will dig through the clutter in my mind and try to come up with a list.

  1. Seeing the look of love for me in someone else’s eyes.  When the emotion of love is returned it is a truly magical thing.
  2. Happiness… plain and simply smiling when you have no reason, the feeling is just there. (Sadly hard to achieve lately)
  3. Memories of friends gone.  I had a friend who was only in my life for a short time but (long story) every time I see a box of oatmeal I have to smile because I remember how he helped me out of a dark time.
  4. Musical memories.  Hearing a song can take me back.  Back to a concert, back to a first dance, back to a friend… those are all happy triggers.
  5. The smell of good food.  There are some memories triggered by scent.  One of the strongest ones for me is popcorn.  My dad made the best stovetop popcorn.  I don’t know how he seasoned it differently, I use the same seasonings and get nothing like his was.  Yum!
  6. Spiritual I guess is the feeling.  I get what I consider a closer contact with Mother Nature, Father Earth, God, Science (whatever that higher power is that exists for you) when I am in a quiet spot in nature.  Although it isn’t really quiet… birds singing, bugs buzzing, squirrels chittering, the wind through the tress.  I am connected as close as I can be.
  7. Clean and comfy… that feeling right after a shower when you step into some nice clean comfy clothes. 

(these last three are no brainers)

8. Friendship.  To spend time with friends, get a hug from a friend, laugh with a friend.  It is good for the soul.

9. The opposite side of number one… me being in love, especially the early days when you are realizing it is more there than just like or lust.

10. And the ultimate feeling of contentment lying in my lover’s arms after sex.

Now I don’t tend to tag people for challenges like these. But if you are interested in sharing your favorite feelings feel free to! It is a little bit of positivity in this bleak year.

Move On Gently

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“I said, ‘what about our past’ and he didn’t miss a beat saying, ‘I have moved forward.’  Can you believe that he was so callous?”  Beth said as she reached for her coffee cup.  “Is he so conceited to sit around and think I am pining over what could have been?  I mean I know I had the hots for him in my younger days, but I have moved on in a lot of ways too.  I just don’t blab it out to him so callously.”

Hannah set her cup down and said, “My brother has no tact.  He never has and never will.  I am sorry he was such a jerk to you.  Want me to beat him up for you like in the old days?”

“Hannah, I think the days of you kicking his but ended after he hit puberty in high school.  He has always been a bit on the buff side.  But I do appreciate the effort.”

The two women sipped their coffee in silence until Beth began to chuckle.  Hannah asked, “what is so funny?”

“Oh, I just thought about the days I would have killed for a kiss from him.  So glad I grew up and over that.”

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

Mumbles …. Assume

Everyone knows it.  It popped into my head the first time I saw the prompt.  To assume makes this (ass) out of this (u) and this (me).  I feel like I have made an ass of myself the last week or so.  I have not had many creative juices flowing and have fallen behind again on my daily reading and prompts.  But if all goes as planned I will only be one day behind by the end of tonight.  And I am hoping I can catch that up before Friday.

So don’t go assuming I have vanished from Word Press it just isn’t true.  I am plugging away as best as I can.  Be prepared for a little more activity until I get squared away with the days.  In the meantime I need to go write some more.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Now enjoy this song with assume in it that I think is pretty relevant about now…

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – assume