Not a Happy Ending

(possible trigger warning)

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She was surrounded with the finest

Modern art on the walls

Contemporary furniture filled her rooms

All the best money could buy

Her clothes were designer labels

Her shoes custom made

But with all the best in her world

There was one thing she didn’t have


And no matter what she did

She could not turn his head

She would sit in her townhouse

Wondering what was wrong with her

Until the day she no longer cared

Felt she was destined to be lonely

And her devastation fueled her demons

Who helped her swallow all the pills


He almost lost his breath when he heard

He took a step or two back

How could this have happened

This couldn’t be the truth

The shock just wouldn’t leave him

He felt so much sadness

If only he had taken that chance

And reached out to gently touch


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

Silence is Not Always Golden

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What did you just say?

Your voice has drifted away

And became a distant din in my ear.

Why do you prattle

On and on about things

That are of no interest to me?

By now you should know

There are few things we have in common

And that makes it hard to find a suitable conversation.

So, we sit in silence;

You lost in the television,

And me with my written words.

Until the day I say enough

And ask you to leave this place,

Only then will I find peace and maybe myself.

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

White Elephant Sale

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It stares at us

Fueling anxiety

I for one have had it

I will not let it control me

It is obvious what is going on

The elephant in the room

Has control over our emotions

Leaving us on opposite sides

These only one way to solve this

And so we strike out today

On new beginnings

And sad endings

I will not look back with regret

Only with hope for tomorrow

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


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I didn’t give you permission

To treat me like a stranger

I never thought you would

Turn away from me


I didn’t give my consent

To have you change my life

I never thought you could

Leave me in such disarray


I didn’t give any approval

Of these lonely endless nights

I never thought you were the type

To put me on a shelf in the back


I didn’t give my authorization

To disrespect me so much

I now think that you did

Throw out the best of us

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

No Longer

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An ingrate is a person ungrateful.  I don’t want to be an ingrate; I don’t want to be ungrateful.  I want to be thankful for all that has been given to me.  But I also want to acknowledge what I don’t need…

Your degrading tone

You treating me as fragile

You ignoring me

You badgering me

You avoiding me

You not validating what I do

You not appreciating me

Basically I no longer need you

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

Darkness Ahead

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The darkness comes

Slithering in like snakes

Surroundings take on new meaning

The trees turn deadly

As they reach out for you

Shadows chasing you home

The graveyard down the street

Is a birthplace of the macabre

Bodies scattered amongst the graves

Unsure of who is dead

And who is the undead

You fumble for your keys

Hoping to outdistance

The demons that haunt you

But the door creaks slowly open

Revealing a gruesome sight

And all you can do is scream

As the world turns black

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

Falling Free

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People always talk

About falling in love

But what about the other side

What about falling out of love

Do you get too comfortable

Too expectant of each other

Take each other for granted

No longer overlooking

Those annoying little flaws

Bitterness sneaking in

On the edge of hating

And anger under the surface

Resenting the lost years

Then the hitting of rock bottom

When the damage is done

And goodbyes are all that is left

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

Was It Worth It?

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Walking along a field full of wildflowers

My mind travels back to your arms

I remember how you once brought me flowers

And the many times we walked the woods

But no longer are we together

The fates have seen to that

Your smile was taken from me

By the hand of another man

A man with hatred in his soul

All for twenty dollars and an old Iphone

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