Construction Failure

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Brick by brick

Laying the foundation

Of what would be

A solid relationship

But the bricks failed

Were poorly constructed

And the walls

Began to fall

Kneeling in the debris

Of broken promises

I let a tear

Fall on my cheek

Before I wipe

It away

Like my dreams

Of us

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

I Hope I Get It

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She scanned the paperwork.  This was important.  She had to make sure she had done a thorough job of filling in all the answers; all the dotting her I’s and crossing her t’s.  This was a big deal.  If she could get this job, it would mean a world of change for her – travel, position, and a lot more cushion for bills and unexpected bills.

She walked through the doors to the receptionist and handed her the completed forms and her resume.  The receptionist told her a decision would be made the end of the week.  She could hardly wait.

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

What Did They Say?

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“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in real life all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Faith is as essential to the spiritual realm as oxygen is to the natural realm.” – Ray Comfort

“The energy of the crowd is insane. Twenty thousand people. It is a biggest jolt of adrenaline. It is very hard to explain. You know the old story about the woman lifting the car off her kid? It’s in that realm. You can actually hurt yourself and not know it.” – Tom Petty

“The miracle of life is not to be to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now, as fully and creatively as we can.” – Paul Kurtz

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

Mumbles … Altruistic

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To give without expectations is a wonderful thing to do… it is not always easy.  You give a present on somebody’s birthday; you expect a positive response; at the very least you want a thank you.  You spend hours on a special dinner for someone.  You still expect some kind of comment about how good the food taste.  BUT if you can give with no hopes of anything in return that is a true altruistic nature.  You give of your time, talent, money for the benefit of others.  You are not doing it for a photo op.  You are not doing it to further your career.  You are doing it because it is a kind thing to do.

I have probably been the most altruistic about fund raising for Children’s Miracle Network when I used to work.  For many years I was the only cashier asking people for donations.  Finally, management decided everyone else needed a little push and started giving away prizes for the fund raising.  I tried to get others on board with information about what CMN did to help sick kids and their families.  I only took one of the prizes, a free 20oz soda because I was thirsty.  But the bottom line was always the needs of the kids.

That is about the best I do with altruistic at nearly 3am (I wrote this last night and fell asleep before I could post it).  Not sleeping tonight so I might as well work on WordPress.  I have some free time coming up so maybe I can whittle down the days I am dreadfully behind on.  Got a steroid shot in my hip today so will be down with pain tomorrow before it gets better in the next couple of days.  I hope everyone has a great (and maybe an altruistic) weekend!

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

I Should Be Appraised

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Like a trinket

You collect

And keep close

I am a charm

Dangling on your chain

Only there for looks

You’ve forgotten

My worth and value

I’m just an occasional

Shiny distraction

Taking up only moments

Now and then

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

Big Sis

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The soothing sound of a radio in the distance was playing a Roger Miller tune.  “England swings like a pendulum do, bobbies on bicycles two by two…”  The shadows were growing as dusk appeared in the sky.  She laid on the couch with a blanket over her legs.  Someone knocked on the door.  They knocked again.  You could hear muffled noises outside the door as the person fished their keys out of their pocket.  The door slowly creaked open and let the last of the fading sunlight in putting a little color back on the woman’s too pale cheeks.  “Alright sis,” the man said.  “It is time to be awake and get your groceries.”

There was no response though.  The woman was still and silent.  Too still.  The man walked over to her and touched her hand immediately gasping.  He knelt down and frantically tried to find a pulse.  It was too late.  His sister had passed away in her sleep several hours before he got there.  He slowly walked to the phone and called the police as a tear ran down his cheek.

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

A Moment

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I wish I had a moment

Just for a quiet repose

No pressures

No judgement

No endless thoughts

Perhaps today

Just for a short time

I can take a deep breath

And find a calm inside

A moment of tranquility

Where I can relax

Without the stresses

I face everyday

Without the pain

My body inflicts

Without being haunted

By my yesterdays

… perhaps for a moment

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

You Can Say That Again

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“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.” – Don Henley

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.” – James Dean

“Poetry is not only dream and vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across out fears of what has never been before.” – Audre Lorde

“I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan

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Never Stopped

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I am back at your door

It is time to cash in

To redeem this coupon

You once gave to me

Good for one night

Of unbridled passions

You gave it to me years ago

When we were young

And bursting with love

But there is no expiration

And it is not null and void

So can I hold you tonight

Can we recapture

What we once had

Rekindle the flames

That once burned bright

Please step back in time with me

Because I have loved you endlessly

Take this coupon and love me tonight

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

Reaching the Summit

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In a relationship

Many things should become

Easier with someone there

But we’ve come to

An uphill slope

That is steeper than it seems

And maybe never ending

But I try to keep going

One foot in front of the other

And climbing over debris

Sometimes you’re with me

And other times I am alone

I guess I will wait and see

If you have stuck with me

Until the summit or if

You have given up back down the road

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