How Can I

How can I tell if you’re reliable?

Do you mean what you say?

How can I tell if you’re honest?

Is there truth in your words?

How can I tell if you’re genuine?

Do you speak from your heart?

How can I tell if you’re authentic?

… I don’t want to be hurt anymore.


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

After All These Years

It was finally here – an authentic Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars. Bob had owned one as a boy, but being a typical boy had played with it through a number of battles including being buried alive, painted red (for blood) and the finally a “fire pit” too close to a candle. He had gotten in trouble for that one as burning plastic stunk up the whole house and he wasn’t to play with matches or candles.

Bob carefully unwrapped the box and placed the action figure on the shelf next to Darth Vader. His collection was now complete.