He Did Serve

I pick up the brass captain bars

That used to grace your uniform

And remember attaching them

To a fresh uniform for you at night

I grew up thinking you hung the moon

Now as I hold these pins

And think back to the past

I am missing you so much

And long for those innocent days again

Before you were sick and taken from me

A captain for many years

As far back as I can remember

You served this town well

Still so hard to accept you’re gone

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

Yes, I Know My ABC’s

I have worked hard these last few days to catch up with the current year on posts… and now I am going to stop and take a little look backwards at what was often referred to as a dumpster fire of a year, 2020. (A special thank you to Deb over at Being Aunt Debbie for inspiration for this list when she did her own alphabet list.) Anyone else want to give the look back a go?

Astronomical phenomena – the Christmas star was present in the sky

Biden and Harris – the team was elected President and Vice-President in November

Covid 19 – It had a HUGE impact on our lives

Divided – For a nation that was in a fight for its life with Covid it was very much a year of pick your side

Elections – It was the biggest one to date, so many people voted on both sides.

Face masks – They were recommended, not recommended and recommended again, people both embraced and refused them and a lot of people still don’t know how to wear them properly

Governors – They were left to deal with lock downs (or not), mask mandates and closures with no real guidance from federal government

Healthcare workers – Those doctors, nurses, and all staff in hospitals and clinics were (still are) pushed to the breaking points trying to comfort and care for those with Covid and other illnesses

Isolation – Very little contact with others as lock downs and closures took place

Jokes – Late night comedians tried to help lighten the mood in the midst of a fierce election and a killer pandemic

Kindness – There were stories of millions of face masks being made, neighbors helping neighbors and loved ones being reunited by extreme measures

Loss – Numbers too high of those who did not make it through to 2021

Matter – All lives won’t matter until black lives matter…

New hobbies – millions of people took up new hobbies, mass baking caused flour shortages and I saw more posts of artwork from friends

Out of business – Far too many businesses had to shut their doors for good after costly shut-downs

Postponed – So many events were postponed, including my own daughter’s wedding

Quarantines – Many who became exposed or had tested positive had to quarantine for 10 days to 2 weeks

Remote learning – Children and parents bonded over home schooling as students were kept home in isolation from the virus

Shipping and delivery – Online shopping skyrocketed between Amazon and food delivery services

Toilet paper – Of all things there was a run on toilet paper, but supplies also ran dry for cleaners, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer

Unemployment – with so many doors closing many found themselves out of work

Vaccine – We were approved for two vaccines for the Corona Virus

Wash your hands – Never before did I think the nation would need lessons broadcasted on how to wash your hand properly

X-rays – They showed the damage Covid could do to the human lung

Yucky, year-end and yearn – It was a yucky year but we made it to year-end and we yearn for a better 2021

Zoom meetings – I had never heard of Zoom before 2020 now it is everywhere

The Perfect Bling

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Dressing up tonight I realize

I don’t have a model’s style

I won’t have diamonds

Dripping off of me

Or pearls draped

Around my neck

But I have one thing

That provides more beauty

Then anything shiny ever could

You adorn my heart with your love

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

No Admittance

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The sounds of the sirens in the distance were drawing closer.  Kathryn rushed to the front door.  She was yelling, “Hurry up!” before the paramedics could even get out of the ambulance.  The urgency in her voice galvanized them into moving a little faster.  They had a stretcher into her house and rushed down the hall in no time to see the man on the floor.

Frank had collapsed on the floor and was unconscious.  Kathryn had no idea why.  She had been talking and laughing with him just 5 minutes ago.  The paramedics began working on him.  In no time they had an IV started and were taking him away in the ambulance.  Kathryn had to follow in her car, only to find out only the patient was allowed at the ER.  She hated this pandemic.

Kathryn sat in her car and cried.  She couldn’t do without Frank.  He was her whole world.  She dried her eyes and took out her phone.  She called the ER and wanted to check on him.  They had her down as an emergency contact, so they were able to release some information to her.  She would have to wait until tomorrow though as they had tests to run and were keeping him overnight.  She was distraught but started the car and went home to an empty house.

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


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I look out over the ocean at your silhouette

I am in awe of how you complete me so well

The tenderness in your touch

Your optimistic outlook on life

The knowledge you guide me with

Your lighthearted soul I love to laugh with

The passion in your kisses that leaves me breathless

Without you I would never have found my heart again

After it got shattered by another’s thoughtless ways

You do so much more than complete me

You love me

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


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My eyes look brightest

Whenever I see you

My heart cries out

To beat only for you

My entire body

Yearns to be near you

I speak “I love you”

It falls on deaf ears

It is ridiculous

How much I need you

And you don’t even care

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

Never Spoken

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She lowered her head

Hurt and discouraged again

By the words that he never said

And the gall of the words he did

He said he was through

He said he needed freedom

He said she was not what he wanted

But what he didn’t say

Was the way his lies had used her

She was only someone convenient

No more or no less

And he never did say

I love you

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

Found and Lost

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We walked the park in the dark

Stopping every now and then

To embrace each other

And share in another kiss

My heart was overflowing

With feelings of a new found love


Months passed by

We still walked the park

We still loved the feel

And the taste of each other

My heart was filled

With love for you


Abruptly the park closed

We struggled to touch

Caught up in life

And too comfortable with each other

My heart was breaking

With the draining of love


Years later I still miss

Walking with you

We had a whirl wind romance

I felt a real love

My heart still yearns for

What my life has lost

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