Love Receipt

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When you buy something you get a receipt, just in case it doesn’t work, it is the wrong size or you find you already have one.  Why can’t love be returnable?


It’s new

It’s shiny

It’s comfortable

It makes us feel alive


It gets old

It wears

It gets uncomfortable

It makes us reminisce the past


It sours

It becomes work

It drags us down

It makes us wish for freedom


Excuse me sir

May I see the manager

I have my receipt

I want my heart back


I have failed in the past and this new, shiny love is opening different avenues for me, but will it last?  Will it fizzle and sputter.  I put a lot of one-sided work in on past misfortunes that collapsed.  I hope I have a little fight left in me, as this feels worth it.  Only time will tell.


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

Mumbles … Salvage

If you all haven’t noticed, I am back at it. Got in a flare this past week and got about a week behind (I was already a couple of days behind just because of life). With a flare it is SUPER hard to concentrate, at least with this flare it was. I am finally coming out of it today and almost feel human again. The pain has let up (never gone), I am more focused and not napping every hour. It was a pretty intense one.

Up and onward to better things though! I will devote as much time as I can to WP and try to regain some of the week before the month is up. If I can just salvage a little free time in between doctor appointments, pool therapy and errands, maybe I can get this done soon.

I am off now to read some wonderful posts from some of my favorite writers – YOU! Here’s hoping everyone is having a good week and ready for hump day!


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

See Everything

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Take a minute

Look around

See the beauty

See the despair

See the joy

See the disasters

Observe all

Good and bad

Take a minute

Review within

Then remember

Everything you have

Everything you love

Everything you hold

Everything you feel

Grasp all

Within your heart

Embrace it

Know gratitude

Be at peace


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

Proud Of Who He Is

They say he is a hapless fool

Who walks the streets unaware

Oblivious to the dangers

And doesn’t seem to care

That others are out to get him

To take his freedoms down

All because he always smiles

And never wears a frown

They say that he is different

And happy all the time

They say he should be crushed

Because he doesn’t have a dime

But he has something others

Just can’t seem to find

He is content in who he is

He has an inner peace of mind

So the next time someone controls you

And takes away your right to grin

Dream about a real freedom

And know human rights will win

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

Fandango’s Flashback Friday – March 17

Fandango asks us to reach back into our archieves and find a post on this day in a past year to share again. Maybe you have seen it before and maybe it is new to you, but it gets the dust off of it for a bit to see the light of day again.

This week I am lucky enough to have a poem I wrote a few years back for St. Patrick’s Day that I will share with you today. This was written in 2017.

Fleeting Fortune

Take a chance and roll the dice

Bet on a winning hand

Today could be your lucky day

You could win a grand

Spin the wheel and place your bets

Pull that slot arm down

Lady luck is on your side

Tonight let’s paint the town

And if a leprechaun stops by

With a twinkle in his eye

Hold tight your money or I fear

You might kiss it all goodbye


Written for Fandango’s Flashback Friday (FFF) – March 17

Mumbles … Toothbrush

Depression does things to you… like makes your toothbrush the enemy.  Why bother?  No one will be smelling my breath today as I hide out at home afraid of my own shadow not to mention the entire world outside of the door.

No, I am no longer at that point.  I worked very hard to get here where I wanted to brush my teeth again.  And more importantly I wanted to brush them for ME.  Surprisingly after my last bout of depression I went to the dentist and had no new cavities, just a loose old filling.  Makes me glad I have been making a strong effort this year to improve things.  All one step at a time, or one tooth brushed at a time.


Bonus!  Even though it hurts to admit that it was nearly 45 years ago as I kid I went to the theater several times to see this move, (45 years?  Can’t be, can it?) I have to say this is one scene I memorized fast.  Even at the movies I picked up on ad jingles. 


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

Dusk To Dawn

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The darkness seeps in

The night takes hold

Everything is still

No sounds

Clouds shroud the stars

Stagnant air hangs firm

I carve a path ahead

Looking towards morning

Reaching for light

Searching for hope

Safe in knowing

The sun will rise again


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

A Look at Life

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Aware I sit and ponder this world

Advantages I’ve had in life

Alone a time or two before

Attached to the wrong ones

Awakening I know it’s time to

Absorb the pain in my heart

And carry on as best I can

Alive with possibilities before me

Arranging hope health and happiness

Attacking the defeat I feel in me

Attune to my expanding future

Advising myself that the sky’s the limit


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

Fandango’s Flashback Friday – March 3

Fandango asks us each Friday to share an older post from this date in a previous year. This week we are jumping back to 2018 to a poem I wrote for the daily word prompt “above.”

Our Walk

Taking a walk
I glance above,
At the blue sky,
And wonder what
The skies look like
Where you are.
Could it be possible
We are both enjoying
A walk in the sunshine,
At the same time,
Feeling the same warmth
Radiating down on us;
Connecting us for a moment
On an mystical plane,
Together once again?


For Fandango’s Flashback Friday – March 3rd