Ghosted

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The waters are rough

Tide is coming in

Stranded on the rocks

I call out your name

I feel the waves

Lash out at my feet

Trying to knock me over

To catch me off guard

The mist stings my face

As the waters wage a war

Drowning out my voice

No one can hear me

Still calling out your name

No one can see me

Now shrouded in the fog

But you won’t come

You’re nothing but a ghost

A mirage to play tricks on me

I am trapped in the echoes

Of a voice that doesn’t exist

Doomed to seal my fate

As you move on to the next victim

I struggle just to survive

The seas of deception

Alone, lost and frightened

You were never a friend

*****

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

Solitary Confinement

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Since you died

I have been condemned

To be alone

No one can match

What we had together

We had our troubles

But through all of it

I only wanted

Your happiness

And when your demons

Took control of you

I fought so hard

To release you

From their grip

But I failed

And now I look

For a reprieve

From my sentence

And hope for mercy

A moment of friendship

A glimpse of potential love

Someone who will

Stand beside me

And make me feel

Whole again


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

Nightfall’s Lament

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As the day wears out

And night does shroud the sky

She sits in her father’s chair

And softly starts to cry

Remembering the life he led

The excitement and the dangers

His service to his country and his city

His kindness to many strangers

He was really well respected

And was liked in many towns

But the darkness makes her maudlin

And the emptiness brings her down

Left behind with only memories

Echoes of laughter from the past

She hopes for some relief

But it never seems to last

Just a longing of a special time

Before both her parents were gone

Now she suffers alone each night

And the pain just lingers on


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

Alone

She heard the word

Alone

And she was instantly on guard

Why should she care

If she had someone to call her own

Or if she lived alone

Was it really so bad

To spend time with herself

But she had lived

A lot of years with someone

Her parents, husband and daughter

And the quiet was suffocating her now

Left in that silent void

She had never felt so alone and scared

But she was trying

There were less tears now

And more acceptance

If she could just get past

The feeling she would forever be alone

Maybe she could find a friend in herself


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

Life of the Party

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You sit there next to her

And a pang of jealousy hits

I had hoped to talk to you tonight

We used to talk a lot

Now she monopolizes all your time

And I am left feeling alone

Without a friend who used to help

Lost without your guidance

You had a knowledge beyond your years

And could calm my fears with a few words

I guess you didn’t really care

As much as you said you did

But I still miss you to this day

And will forever more

As you have made it clear

Our friendship was just

A brief moment in time

And that time has now passed


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

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

Him

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

Alone

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

Her


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

Reaching the Summit

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In a relationship

Many things should become

Easier with someone there

But we’ve come to

An uphill slope

That is steeper than it seems

And maybe never ending

But I try to keep going

One foot in front of the other

And climbing over debris

Sometimes you’re with me

And other times I am alone

I guess I will wait and see

If you have stuck with me

Until the summit or if

You have given up back down the road


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

On Guard

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She was walking back to her car after work.  The street ahead of her was deserted but she was still on edge.  She turned around and saw an empty street behind her, but she just couldn’t shake the uncanny feeling she was being followed.

When she got to her car, she immediately locked her doors once inside.  As she went to start the car, she saw her hands were shaking.  Why was she so uneasy?  Putting the car into gear she was about to back up when a knock on the passenger window about sent her to the ER with a heart attack.

She looked at the window only to see her coworker standing there waiting.  She rolled the window down and asked, “What’s up Seth?”

“My car won’t start.  Any chance you could give me a ride home?”

She thought this was what she had been sensing, Seth watching her as he sat in his car.  Suddenly at ease, she unlocked the doors and let Seth in.  “Sure, I can.  You are on the North side of town, right?”

Seth answered her and it proved to be the last words she heard as a stranger walked up to the car and fired two shots into the car killing both her and Seth.  She should have kept her guard up.


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

Talk To Me

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It is not solitary confinement

It might as well be

You sit across the room

Lost in the TV and your phone

I am already house bound

Due to the pandemic at hand

But loneliness is the worst

When there is someone else with you

It is not all isolation though

There are good days too

Where the phone is on the table

And I turn on the radio

I just wish there was a way

To reach you every day


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