I Don’t Want To See

I wish I could take a picture of the past

Snap it out of focus and blurred

The memories are too painful

I want to find the silver lining

Of the dark clouds that I had

Only one thing I can hope for

That time will blur the things I recall

And eventually the pain will fade

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

Basically Complicated

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It is a basic human need

It gives us hope

It makes us smile

And sometimes it makes us cry

It can be so strong it causes pain

It can be taken away from us

But it can also stay until we die

It is illusive at times

It can be glaringly obvious

And it is enough to share with many

It is selective and specific

It is broad and all encompassing

There is nothing basic about it

It is pure love

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

Play On

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Music affects the soul

It brings emotions out in the listener

Music affects the heart

We can’t help but feel good when we hear a favorite song

Music affects the mind

Memories come drifting back with every note

Music affects every aspect of our lives

Let it play on


A song that has been on my mind recently and Tom was one of my Mom’s favorite so in honor of her this Mother’s Day evening…. hope you like this little bit of blues.

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

Surprise Mom!

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He walked down the corridor to the room at the end.  The door was shut and he softly knocked on it.  A distant voice answered, “Just a minute.”  Apartment 9 was where his Mother lived.  He hadn’t seen her for almost a year as his job had sent him out of state.  She didn’t know it was him at the door.

She opened the door with the chain on still and was about to ask who it was when she let out a scream.  “Johnny!  You’re home!”  She shut the door, ripped off the chain and flung open the door.  “Why didn’t you call, I would have had dinner ready for you.”

“No Mom, tomorrow is Mother’s Day so I am home to take you out to dinner.”

“You have always been so good to me Johnny.  Come in and sit down.  How have you been?”

“Wait a minute.  We have reservations for 6 o’clock so you need to grab your coat and purse and come with me.”

“Oh, I need to change.  I am not dressed for going out.”

“Mom, you look as beautiful as always.”


I hope all you Moms, want to be Moms, and Dad’s who are Moms too, have a wonderful Mother’s Day tomorrow.  And a special wish to those without their Moms or children… know this is still a special day of remembrance. HAPPY Mother’s Day!

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


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are you sure

do you really

believe that lie

what he said

same old story

likely won’t change

stand up tall

believe in yourself

face the truth

he doesn’t care

he is lost

you have hope

future looks clear

maybe new love

maybe another dream

maybe at peace

finally freed heart

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


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Two lost souls needing love

She craved him

She needed him

He was unpredictable

He was mercurial

She tried hard

She did all he wanted

He was still demanding

He was still unhappy

She wanted to hold on

She tried so many things

He was set to leave

He said his goodbyes

She couldn’t live without him

she was forced to say goodbye

He is still unhappy

She is still alone

Two lost souls needing love

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

The Jester’s Hat Is Mine

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So many things
Flood back to my mind
Each time I think of you
A song on the radio you sang to
A favorite brand of liquor to drink
A stranger holding a cigarette like you did
The slightest whiff of your cologne drifting by
All these hundreds of flashbacks
Seriously hamper my ability to move on
To forget lost chances
To regret not following you
To imagine what it would take for you to come back
Foolish thoughts of a washed-up mind
You were never mine to have
And I was a fool to ever believe I could

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

A Pretty Little Dress

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She sat on the edge of the bed
A vacant look in her eyes
Looking at her granddaughter
She complimented her on her dress
The little girl stood in pants and a t-shirt
Looking very confused
This was the moment
My heart broke for her loss
Her grandma was fading away
Disconnecting with the real world
Trapped in one with illusions

Slowly she lost reality
In her world of delusion
Walking in a haze of visions
She left the house in winter
Early one morning
Likely looking for her husband
The temperatures were brutal
And she succumbed to the cold
Taken way too early in life

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

I’m Melting!

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“I abhor this heat!  What happened to Spring?  How can it be ninety degrees at the start of May?”  Miriam was mumbling on about the heat, while her sister just grinned.

“You are so like Mom; she never did like the heat.  You know anything can happen here.  It is supposed to drop about twenty-five degrees for the high tomorrow.  Just be patient or quit whining and turn on the air conditioner.”  Sheila gave her sister an eyeroll and added, “It really won’t cost that much to run the air for a few hours to cool things off.”

“No, I have fans throughout the house so we can make it a few more hours and it will start to cool off outside when the front moves through the state.  And then let’s hope the weather stays more seasonable.”  Her sister rolled her eyes at her again.

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