Feel The Strength

The thunderstorm loomed on the horizon

Lightning strikes grew near the city

Winds began to howl as the rain started to fall

Thunder’s booming sounds raged

The rain was whipped by the winds

Hail bounced off everything

Lightening hit and thunder clapped almost instantly

The warning blare of a tornado siren…


A cacophony of sounds brought with a summer storm

Reminds us of the strength of Mother Nature


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


“You’re Nothing”

The darkness consumes

The fading light

Voices begin to whisper

Insults to me

Shadows creep within

My heart and mind

I feel trapped inside

With no chance of escape

The world a dangerous place

But alone with myself

Even more deadly


*Remember you are never truly alone but if you find yourself in a dark place like this, world wide there are hotlines you can call when in crisis.   Here are a couple from the US.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line – text HOME to 741741

Veterans Crisis Text Line – text to 838255



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

Slow-Motion Chaos

I swallow hard

And steady myself

But the room still

Seems to spin

I find the nearest seat

Take a deep breath

My legs and hands

Begin to shake

Sounds become muffled

And I see only with

A foggy tunnel vision

My pulse is racing

I feel on the verge

Of tears and death

Ready to welcome

Either one first

A million thoughts

And a completely blank slate

Battle for control

Of my troubled mind

I know it won’t last

But the minutes drag on

Like a slow-motion video…


Breath by breath

I slowly return to normal

Embarrassed beyond words

Sure the whole world knows

I just had a panic attack


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


I close my eyes

And lose myself

In random thoughts

Trying to tame

My poetic mind

And grasp some

Inspiration to write

From love to loss

From happy to sad

I have often

Written them all

But tonight’s thoughts

Are scattered and few

My muse is silent

And the words hidden

Leaving me with

A blank paper

And pen useless

If only for tonight

And tomorrow

I will once again search

For the words

I long to write


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

Sunday Afternoon

His touch is electrical

Buzzing through my body

His scent intoxicating

Leaving me dizzy

His lips on fire

Burning my very soul

Our bodies pulse in time

Matching rhythm to rhythm

A boring Sunday afternoon

Turns into an explosion of feelings

Leaving me nearly exhausted

But feeling oh so very alive


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

Look Straight Ahead

I stare ahead

Fish swimming

Inside the aquarium

Not looking elsewhere

Afraid the others

Will judge and wonder

What I am doing here

At the psychiatrist’s office

I am getting better

Not so afraid

Of who I am

I am disabled

Frozen by anxiety

Saddened by depression

Pained by fibromyalgia

But inside I am still



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

Let Me Off Of This Ride

The feeling is dragging me down

Deeper and deeper into the darkness

Your silence

Chaos of life

And self-loathing

Rip me apart

But I know I will get through it

The rough days are only temporary

I will get to the other side

Like I have been before

If I can just hold on to the ride until then


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