Crank It

Turn the music up

Amplify the notes

Send the sound soaring

So everyone can hear

Sing along or

Just shout the words

Move to the rhythm

Let the music take control

Nothing can touch so many

Like a collection of notes together

It brings people closer

And moves so many

Especially now

When we mourn a loss

Crank up the radio

Let the heavens hear

Our songs of healing

This week (Oct 6th) the world of music lost a legend. I am not a musician and can’t even read music, but I know that Eddie could play the hell out of a guitar, not just play it, own it. There are so many great songs he had his hands in it is hard to pick a favorite… instead I went with an instrumental he did to celebrate the outstanding musician he was (who I discovered was self taught).

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

Stick With The Plan

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As her Dad droned on and on about what they were going to go see in the museum Penny just prayed for a break from all the plans and places they had to rush through on this trip to Washington DC.  It was not what she had expected.  And although she was learning things to take back to school with her for the fall, she had heard too much attention to the tiniest detail in planning where to go and what to do, even bathroom breaks.  So, when her Dad stopped talking, she said, “Do we synchronize our watches now?”


(100 words)

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

In A Million Little Pieces

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I wonder what the words will be

Spoken for my eulogy

Will there be happy memories shared

Or talk of my pain and despair

Day by day I feel the pull

Of the darkness’s evil lull

and wonder if there is any hope

to find a way that I can cope

I want a life of smiles again

Not hours of pain within

I know you can die of a broken heart

But what about a mind coming apart


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

Then There Was Three

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Only seen through dim moonlight

The crib is against the wall

Safely ensconced in her blanket

The tiny baby sleeps soundly

Mouth still suckling an invisible bottle

Standing quietly at the door

The parents both beam in happiness

The first night all together in their home

This new little family

Thankful beyond words

For the sacrifice of the teen

Too scared and alone

To care for her child

Made the loving decision

To give her baby a home

And a family to love


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

Let Go

I knew the moment was imminent

As the minutes passed on the clock

The laughs were done for the day

And it was time for goodbye hugs

But I didn’t want to let go

**

Your arms around me

Felt like I was safe

My arms around you

Reminded me of hope

But I didn’t want to let go

**

I don’t know if it was fear

Of the unknown future

Or life pulling me downward

And me reaching for help

I just didn’t want to let go

**

I felt like I might matter

In someone else’s eyes

And the chaos of the world

Seemed possible to handle

So I didn’t want to let go

**

I recognized how I missed you

When you are so far away

I knew how lonely I really feel

Surrounded by fewer everyday

I really didn’t want to let go

**

Slowly our embrace did end

And I swallowed back the tears

I should not be this selfish

And want so much from you

I just didn’t want you to go


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

Life in Waiting

He was hungry,

He always seemed hungry.

But what was he to do?

His job was minimum wage,

He had rent and a car payment.

What was left for food?

So he’d plan his meals

To be no more than $5 apiece.

He walked when he could

And never went out.

Some might call him a recluse.

But he was only frugal

With his money and time,

Waiting for the day

His big break would come.

When his book would appear

In book shop windows.


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

Mumbles … Elucidate

Elucidate … let me explain.  This is the word I am supposed to write for but I really don’t have it in me right now.  Still not adjusting to my new meds; I feel like a zombie most of the day.  Tomorrow the whole family will gather here for dinner and birthday celebration (4 birthdays within about a month and a half).  Followed by a friend from out of state visiting on Monday for lunch.  I have cleaning to do and I am already wiped out.  Still have to wrap the presents too.  Something has to give so this is a poor excuse for a post… maybe I can make it back on later and do better with the next word.  Right now it is time for dinner.


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

Her Time

With vehement intent

She spoke to the room

Emphasizing her points

And stating her case

Clearly she spoke

The words she’d practiced

Again and again

This time is was for real

This time she could not fail

This time was her chance to shine

This time she would win their vote

And be the next student body president


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

Monday Rewrite

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The teacher stood at the front of the room holding a stack of papers in her hand.  The class had just turned in reports on the animal of their choice.  The teacher told the class, “Now remember you will get these papers back on Monday to write a second draft.  I am not only looking for grammar errors, but for the use of extraneous information that just pads the word count.”

The bell then rang, and she dismissed the class.  Two girls looked at each other with a grin and one said, “Extraneous information, I think we’re in trouble.”


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