Seeing Spots

Another tear falls

Leaving a spot on my shirt

It is just salt water

But the dark spot bothers me

Today I want to honor her

And I want it to be perfect

Not marred by tears

But that slow release

Of liquid from my eyes continues

And if I look past my aggravation

I can see it is not ruining anything

In fact the release of each tear

Alleviates a little of the pain I have

Trying to say goodbye


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

Think Before You Speak

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Reading into something when there is nothing

Uttering words you know nothing about

Making a mountain out of a molehill

Observing things that aren’t there

Repeating questionable facts

Scuttlebutt around the office watercooler


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

Goodbye

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So much pain this year

Today I did hear

Someone so close to me

Met her final destiny

Her heart grew ill

And she lost her will

Now I am forever lost

And at what a cost

It is not sublime

Being stuck in time

Longing for yesterday

And a chance to say

I love you “sis”

You will be missed


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

Each One

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There was the first one

The sexy one

The surprising one

The nearly perfect one

The private one

And the current one

They all wander inside

The corridors of my mind

Parts of each of them

Trapped in a labyrinth

Giving me only

The best of each one

And clouding my memory

Taking the bad times away

And making me wish

My heart could find

My way back to each of them

But I am trapped in a silence

Alone too often

Dreaming of yesterdays

And happier times


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

Mumbles … Unorthodox

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Something unorthodox is out of the ordinary, against the norm, not following the rules.  This year is certainly unorthodox but today I heard news that shook me to the very core… frightened me more that any ghost or ghoul could this time of year.  The end of a 54-year tradition. There will be no broadcast of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  It is a break from tradition in such an unorthodox way it almost makes me cry.

This year is crazy enough for kids.  This summer they didn’t get to go to the pool.  School is not normal still.  They can’t have birthday parties at Chuckie Cheeses.  And a lot of communities are recommending no trick or treating.  Don’t take Snoopy away!

Ok sure, you can watch it if you have Apple TV, but how many families can afford that right now?  People are out of work and out of patience.  Don’t leave them without the Great Pumpkin! (Don’t worry though, I am safe. My daughter bought it for me a couple of years ago.)

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(And as a bonus for a friend….)

There once was a businessman named Fred

Who dressed in the finest of thread

But it was quite unorthodox

How he wore flashy socks

When he met with the department head


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

The Wrong Boy

It was Valentine’s Day

When we were young

You were shy

And he was fun

How was I to know

The chocolates

Came from you

When all you ever did

Was softly say hello

I knew the mystery sender

Had to have been him

But when I kissed him

On the playground

I saw the tear

Fall down your check

To this day you still

Remind me of my blunder

But it started a lasting love

With me and the boy

Who gave me cordial cherries


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

A Little Bit

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She looks in the mirror

And dislikes what she sees

But there once was a day

Not so long ago

Her inner dialog

Would have been all

Hate and vitriol towards herself

Now she may not be happy

But she no longer hates

Instead she is true to her feelings

And knows it is not

Her goal in life to please others

She only has to please herself

And if she has a bad day

It is okay

She is not perfect

But she loves what she has accomplished

And each day is a new chance

To improve little by little


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

Please Don’t

Quiet please

Don’t do that

I don’t want you

To imitate him

He was a good man

Who was deeply troubled

And no matter what

I went through

All those years

I still loved him

And wish somehow

I could have saved him

So please don’t

Make light of his pain

Stop trying to be him

He was a one of a kind


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

Blame

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Did that really just happen

Did you just speak those words

I can’t believe you would do that

Blame me for our problems

After I have done

Everything you asked

Year after year I did

And you still find me at fault

I am dumbfounded

I throw my hands up

I am tired of this war

I leave you with a clear conscious

Knowing I have done all I could

Your life and your decisions

Are fully on you alone


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