Take Aim

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Your words used to strike me direct

Hitting my heart with vengeance

Now the memory of those jabs

Ricochet around in my soul

Leaving pits of despair behind

When will the past stop haunting me

Or will it forever be putting me

Behind the firing line


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


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I will not wavier

I will not flinch

My strength will sustain me

My power comes from within

I will not lose

I will not fall apart

My confidence wont fail me

My illness wont win

During this mental health awareness month of May, I write of an inner strength that is not present enough of the time.  But it is present more than it used to be, and I continue to work on me.  Break the silence, break the stigma.  I am more than enough. #MentalHealthAwareness


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

The Bottle’s In Control

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I tried to talk to him

I tried to reason it out

I know I wasn’t perfect

But he had changed so much

Not under his own power

Instead with a bottle in his hands

I knew he needed help

A type I couldn’t give him

I pleaded and begged

Did all I had been asked to

But with a brisk dismissive nod

I knew the talk was over

I had to stick to my decision

And he was trapped in his

Only he had the power to change

And he was beyond reach

If I had only known

How final that goodbye would be


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

Cross Eyed Too

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In the past

My heart was deflated

But lately

I’ve been elated

A real chance

Presented itself

A new found

Cache of wealth

Just like real

Riches of emotions

Now I take

A second notion

Will it last

No one knows

I just cross

My fingers and toes


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

It’s Not Unusual

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My heart skips

It is not beating like is usually does

My head’s in the clouds

I am not thinking clearly as usual

I get butterflies in my stomach

But it’s not unusual

It’s the growth of a new love

Effecting every inch of me

And I wouldn’t trade it for the world


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

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The goal in life is to be happy

Then why do I often feel crappy

Things right now are good for me

But I dream to be set free

Free from the shackles of depression

When my feelings I don’t have to question

I know my thinking is just wishful

But I want to live a life that’s blissful

Today I am focusing I what I can do

To keep myself from feeling blue

And hold to the hope that tomorrow

Will bring me no more sorrow


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

One Of A Kind

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This world has gone crazy

Don’t you agree

Were paving all the land

And chopping down trees

Warehouses and factories

Line up one after the other

And we’re too busy to see

We’re slowly killing each another

With chemicals and plastics

We pollute everyday

It’s time we stood up

And stopped to say

The earth is precious

It is one of a kind

For sustaining life

Another you’ll never find

So treat it with kindness

And give it lots of love

We can fly into the future

On the wings of a dove


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

Forbidden Time

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he turns down the alley

and then back to the east

there are plans to be kept

someone he is going to meet


she ducks out the back door

and sneaks through the garden

headed down the block

she thinks about the park


he heads to the shelter

their quiet retreat

she picks up the pace

not wanting to be late


they see each other

and quickly embrace

another brief rendezvous

without a moment to waste


he tells her he loves her

and wants to share a life

she feels madly for him

and dreams of a future as one


just as quickly as it began

their time together ends

she heads back home

and him to his own


each tied to another life

not allowed to be one

but moments they get

are treasured times


and they continue to grasp

minute by minute

until their futures are clear

and they can finally unite


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


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I look up into your blue eyes

And my heart skips a beat

A smile slowly forms on your lips

I feel like a teenager again

Experiencing love for the first time

I bask in the warmth of your touch

As we fall into an embrace

Heartbeats joining in sync

We are one for the moment

Just the first of many to come


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


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My adrenaline is rushing

Along with my heart

The minutes slowly tick by

I can’t concentrate

And I am unable to sit still

But I haven’t had too much caffeine

It is all related but not to coffee

Only an hour away

Until you arrive in my town

When I can again feel your arms

Wrap lovingly around me

Back in each others presence

Like a dream come true

This vacation will be

Like coming home

Connecting me to you


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