Love Notes

The instrumental music swells
Notes surging through my veins
The rhythm beats with my heart
As the melody triggers memories…

Days long past
When we would dance
Your arms around my waist
Tender moments locked inside
Each and every chord
Laughter and happiness
As you’d twirl me across the floor
My hand in yours
True love connecting us
In a symphony of joy


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


Haunted Questions

I wonder if
You still exist
Is your spirit
Still in pain
Do you feel
The least remorse
For leaving her
Without a father
Can you see
The woman she is
In spite of
What you did
Or is there
Nothing but darkness
In your afterlife


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


I have lost my ambition
My motivation is gone
I’ve got nothing left
So thoroughly exhausted
I need to find a reason
To continue on this path
It seems so endless
With no hope in sight
Will you help me
Stand by me
Give me your hand
Guide me along
Because I feel so


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

My Decision

don’t stand in my way
I am going to do this
I will not be swayed
you cannot stymie me
it is my life
and my choice
I can be independent
and stand on my own
I am tired of your lies
and I will not sacrifice anymore
this is my time
and I will be strong


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

The Home Team

It was a cold rainy night. The teams took to the field in the yearly in state rivalry football game. This year the Lincoln Lions were expected to win, but I was a true fan of the underdogs, the Hudson Hurricanes. I had lived enought years in this town and had adopted the team when my son played for them.

The first half was scoreless with hard fought defense from both teams. By the time the second half began the field was a muddy mess as the rain continued. Splashing and sliding through the game both teams gave it their all.

football players in blue jersey lined under grey white cloudy sky during sunset
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The game was still scoreless at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Then the Lions kicked a field goal putting them up by three. The defense was still nearly perfect for each team.
The Lions kicked the ball to the Hurricanes after third down and no progression. There was a change in the air as the rain turned to snow. Having the ball and a better chance to throw in snow than the rain, the quarterback took aim and threw. The reciever leaped in the air catching the ball on the twenty-five yard line. They were within field goal range, but they were after a win.

Moving the ball little by little the team ended up at the eight yard line on the third down. There was only forty-five seconds left. The team broke the huddle and lined up for the play. Stepping back the quarterback faked a throw, turned to the right and ran through an opening the defense held for him. The Hurricanes reached the end zone and scored a touchdown. The local crowd went wild.

Now it was a question of whether or not Hudson could hold the lead. The defense took the field and for three downs held the Lions right where they were. Fourth down and ten yards to go, the Lions quarterback fell back for a pass and threw. A Hudson player came out of nowhere and intercepted the ball. The clock showed 12 seconds. The clock was allowed to tick down to zero and the underdogs got the glory of the win.


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

The Back Wall

we used to meet
at the back wall at recess
I’d hold your hand
and you would try to kiss me
but childhood dreams
can shatter with age
no star crossed lovers story for us
you went your way
and I went mine
but I often wonder
if we had tried harder
how different life would have been
but dreams only go forwards
there is no turning back
but still I’d like to ask
would you meet me at the back wall today


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