Another door slammed in my face,

Soon there will be nowhere left to go.

No one to talk to when things are rough.

No one to help making me feel useful.

I must just push too much,

Trying to force my way in;

Into any kind of a relationship.

Somewhere I can belong again.

I just need one more opening,

One more chance to get it right.

Maybe I won’t lose again.

Maybe I can find a friend

Who will open up and stay,

No matter how much I care.

So, I keep walking the hall

Looking for an open door,

Looking for you.


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


Lick It And Stick It

The women were standing in a kitchen going through a cupboard and a drawer when Trish said, “Oh my!  That takes me back a few years.”

The younger woman turned and said, “What is it mom?”

“These are Regal trading stamps.  We used to get them every time we went to the grocery store.”

“What for?”

“You took them home and put them into booklets saving them up to get things out of a catalog.  It was a really nice perk for shopping at the store.”

“Why did they stop doing it?”

“It was probably costing the store too much.”

“It sounds kind of fun.”

“It was.  It just took forever to save for the really good stuff.”


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

It’s Alive

Sally put the car in park and ran across the street to meet her daughter for coffee.  The two of them chatted for a while and then the two left to go to the library.  Walking to her car Sally was laughing at a joke her daughter had shared when she stopped in her tracks.  There on her car was a parking ticket.  “Oh no,” she said.  “I forgot to feed the meter.

Her daughter just laughed and said, “The meter got angry and bit back at you.”

“Ha, ha.  I recall you getting one not that long ago.”



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

Sleeping Beauty

You breathe deep and slow,

Your chest rises and falls,

I see your eyes moving under their lids;

Hoping you are having a good dream.

As I watch you sleep, I am in awe

That this beautiful creation came from me.

Knowing you have changed so much,

Growing up faster than I can follow,

I treasure all these moments

As much at the ones when you’re awake.

And in every second of everyday,

My love for you grows faster than you do.

You are my life, my hope, my love –

You are my daughter.


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

I’m Here

A shoulder to cry on

Will always be yours

I may not understand

But I can offer empathy

For you are always

Held within my heart

A friend until the end


Don’t face the pain alone

I may not have the answers

But I can listen well

And will support you

For you are always

Held within my heart

A friend until the end


When the world overwhelms

I may be in the same situation

And I can stand by you

To face all adversities

For you are always

Held within my heart

A friend until the end


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