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You refuse to send the words

Erasing what’s on your mind

Afraid that they will hurt

And put the friendship in a bind

But all you speak is honesty

From deep within your heart

And I know that you would never do

Damage that would break us apart

So my friend listen when I tell you

No need to backspace now

Just tell it like it is to me

Give me all the truth allows

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

It Never Hurts To Ask

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The song ended and there was a tumultuous roar from the crowd.  The band had performed a final encore and the crowd was still hungry for more.  There was applause and stomping, yelling and screaming for more.  But the band had already spent all their energy after a two-and-a-half-hour concert.

The crowd slowly began to quiet, realizing the band would not return again, and Donna picked up her purse and made her way to the stage.  She had a friend who had done this and had to try.  She saw one of the stagehands unplugging wires and asked, “Excuse me, is it possible to get a set list from the show?”

He turned to her and smiled.  “Sure, do you have a preference as to who’s list it is?”

She thought for a moment, “I would like Joe’s if I could.”

“No problem, miss.”  He went towards the keyboards where Joe had just performed and grabbed a sheet of paper taking it to Donna.

“Oh, thank you so much, sir.”  She was in heaven from the live music and the unbelievable bit of memorabilia she had just scored.  This was one of her best concerts ever.  Now, if there was just a way to meet Joe, she thought.

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

Take Your Shot

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She slowly walked towards the pool table.  He had his back to her.  She stood behind him and said, “Stripes or solids sir?”

Surprised he turned around quickly.  When he saw it was her he threw his arms around her and said, “Welcome home stranger!”

“Well you know, it doesn’t get any stranger than me.”

“You always had a way with words.  Are you back for good?”

“Yeah, just had to get away for a little you know.  It was a little intense here.”

“I am so glad you are back.  Did you shake what was gnawing at you?”

From the other side of the table a man spoke up, “Are you going to take your shot today?”

He turned to the voice, put his arm around her and said, “for this, I will forfeit the game.”  And he laid his pool cue down on the table and walked to the bar with her, smiling the whole way.

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

Mumbles … Offspring

Not too long ago I mentioned how I love music. Well as soon as I saw the word prompt two songs came into my head and no way to shake them but give in and post.

The band is The Offspring and the song is Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), not a favorite song but oh so catchy. Here, let’s get it stuck in your head too…

And whenever I hear that song it triggers something deep inside me, a slightly off kilter place. Maybe one would even call it Demented. I think I probably heard this on the Dr Demento show. All I know is once you’ve heard it you just cant keep Weird Al out of your head…

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

A Single Place Setting

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I don’t know why

I thought I could do this

Holidays are for gathering

I should have known this wouldn’t work

But here I sit with knots in my stomach

And tears on my cheeks

Feeling like I am forgotten

Although I know I am not

It’s just a matter of circumstance

That I spend this holiday alone

No late night baking

No early morning to start the food

I can do whatever I want

Except what I want is to spend it with you

And I know that is not possible

Too many years have gone by

For me to be hurting like this

But I truly wish you weren’t in heaven

And could share this special day

Laughter and happiness

And a swelling pride about our child

What I do instead is embrace my tears

And reminisce our love

Before the poison took it away

Our life was once like paradise

A smile at the twinkle in your eyes

and a blush from just a touch

the passion and friendship we shared

was really once in a lifetime

So I take a deep breath and sigh

Before the memories get muddled

By the way it all had to end

I think of our daughter and son-in-law

And hope they are eating well

I know you would be happy for them

To have found each other to love

And that is what I hold onto

Knowing you are with them in spirit

And somehow I don’t feel so alone anymore

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

The Doctors Will See You Now

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Gone are the days

Of just going to the doctor

They no longer can fix

Everything that ails you

You have a headache –

Go see the neurologist

You feel your heart racing

Call the new cardiologist

Your joints are arthritic

See someone in orthopedics

Sneezing a lot

Make haste to the allergist

Hard to catch your breath

That is time with a pulmonologist

So pull up the clinic’s doctor guide

And see all the practicing specialist

But don’t forget your referral…

I guess your PCP is still  good for one thing

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

Mumbles … Benefactor

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“Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it acceptable to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.” – Zoltan Kodaly

Art comes in many forms and can truly move you.  Whether it is a photograph of a mountain you want to see some day, a sculpture of an inspiring person you wish to be like, or a painting of a field of flowers you can practically smell, it all touches a part of us that brings joy.  It could be an intensifying piece from a symphony or the gentle movements of graceful dancers in the performing arts that brings back a memory or entices a moment.

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Art can open our eyes to other cultures, times and ways of life.  Teaching us, inspiring us and so often an encouragement to keep moving.  One of my favorite forms of art is photography.  A mood can be captured with the press of a button.  The right lighting and composition can create a response you never expected.

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As the winter months come upon us soon, why not plan a trip to a local museum?  You can escape a little with the beauty of art in a nice warm environment.  Just like stopping to smell the flowers (natural art if you will) you need to take time to appreciate the beauty that has been created all around you.

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

Spoken Words

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You said hello,
I was intrigued.
You said you wanted to help,
I was taken in.
You said you’d be there,
Was that a lie?
You said you cared,
Was it all an elaborate trick?
You said you were sorry,
Did you even mean it?
You said goodbye,
Maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

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

A Moment of Deception

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We all hide

We take out a mask

And put forth

What the world expects

We often want to vanish

Escape from what we know

To a different life

We can put on a costume

And forget what ails us

But the mask and the costume

Must eventually come off

It is ok to flee for a moment

Take a break

Just don’t expect it to last

Reality will follow us

No matter how good the disguise

Remember the illusion is only temporary

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

Ready To Pounce

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We go to college

To earn more knowledge

But what do we learn

When we only do churn

Out facts and dates

And capitals of states

We become programed rats

Chased by industry cats

Who use what we learned

To make higher returns

On profit and margins

Leaving us the bargain

Of a life of service

That can barely suffice

The necessities of life

And everyday strife

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