I Have

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What have I done?

What haven’t I done?

Have I not attended to your needs?

Have I not kept you happy?

Have I not been there in times of trouble?

Have I not been a friend and a lover?

I have.

And I take fault in your interpretation

That what we had was wasted years.

They were years of growth and change,

No matter if there is an end to them or not.

I will always care about you,

But now I strive to live a better life.

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

I Have a Future

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I am no longer hopeless

I have a plan

I am no longer angry

I have a certain calm

I am no longer conflicted

I have the truth

I am no longer afraid

I have inner peace

I am…

Breaking free

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

moving on

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the house is empty except

a few boxes scattered about

only a couple of pieces

of unwanted furniture

are left behind

half of a lifetime

was taken away

all that is left

is the discarded pieces

of the life i wanted

and the lonely echoes

of our last goodbyes

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

No Longer

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Please don’t try to stop me

Don’t interfere

I know what I want and it isn’t here

I want understanding

Compassion and your attention

I no longer want to be

A second thought you have

After you search online

For the latest pictures of the day

I’ve seen the ones you save

I’ve walked in on you

I am not a model

Or even that great looking

But one thing I am

Is a woman with a plan

And it no longer includes you

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

Never Spoken

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She lowered her head

Hurt and discouraged again

By the words that he never said

And the gall of the words he did

He said he was through

He said he needed freedom

He said she was not what he wanted

But what he didn’t say

Was the way his lies had used her

She was only someone convenient

No more or no less

And he never did say

I love you

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


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Did that really just happen

Did you just speak those words

I can’t believe you would do that

Blame me for our problems

After I have done

Everything you asked

Year after year I did

And you still find me at fault

I am dumbfounded

I throw my hands up

I am tired of this war

I leave you with a clear conscious

Knowing I have done all I could

Your life and your decisions

Are fully on you alone

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

Before He Hits Me

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She held the phone tightly and said, “I will meet you, but it has to be in public like at City Central Café.  I am off at two o’clock, so how about two thirty?”  She paused and you could see the tension growing in her posture.  Her entire body was stiff and still.  “Okay, see you then.  Yeah, I know that.”

Jennifer hung up the phone and speaking out loud to no one, she said, “Sure you still love me.  You just want to control me!  God I have been such a fool!”  She grabbed her bag, leaving  for work.

(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – central https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/04/fowc-with-fandango-central/



I want to iron this out

We can make it work

I need you

I love you

There is nothing left to say

We just didn’t last

I’ll miss you

I love you too

One more chance please

My heart is breaking

I need you

I love you

There are no more chances

We have run out of hope

I’ll miss you

I love you too


… he needed her

She still loved him

But the door closed

It was over


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

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man sitting in front of window
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Don’t tell me it’s nothing

Then go skulk in your room

I think by now

I know when you are plotting


Don’t hide in the shadows

Face me with the truth

I think by now

I deserve to hear it


Don’t say it is over

And refuse to talk

I think by now

I have the right to have my say


Don’t shut me out

Building up walls

I think by now

You should be able to trust me


I think by now

It is clearly too late


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