Summer Storm

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It starts slowly

Just a drop or two

The sidewalk is dotted

And the asphalt turns darker

Slowly the winds increase

And the rain falls faster

There is a flash in the distance

And a low rumble of thunder

Begins to get louder

The winds grow strong

A downpour at an angle

Lightning and thunder within a few miles

It rages for a while

Even produces a little hail

Then almost as fast as it started

The winds die down

The rain slows to a sprinkle

The clouds move onward

And the faintest hints of color in the sky

As a rainbow shimmers in the aftermath

Of the summer storm


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

Before He Leaves

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It’s always the same

He stands at the doorway

And gives a perfunctory

“I love you”

Then leaves for the day

He returns home

Not much to say

Then retreats to

His private spaces

***

If only she knew

If he still cared

She is so alone

Too much of the time

***

He stands at the door

Another day like the rest

“I love you”

And he’s gone


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

We To I

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We met online

We instantly clicked

We developed a bond

We were simpatico

We grew closer

We shared so much

We were best of friends

You met someone

You were happy

You had less time

You stopped calling

You barely texted

I was hurt

I felt abandoned

I miss you


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

Badly Bronzed

The pergola was covered with climbing roses and the air smelled so sweet.  He walked over to where she lay in the hot sun and said, “Why don’t you come onto the shaded patio now.  You know you burn so easily.”

She rolled over and sat up saying, “I suppose I have cooked enough on both sides.”

He softly touched her shoulder and said, “It may already be too late.  You look a little pink babe.”

Year after year she strived for the perfect tan.  Now as she sat in the waiting room of oncology, she regretted it all.


(100 words)

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

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Nightmares And Dreams

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She closed her eyes

Drifting off to sleep

And she began a journey

Meeting fire breathing dragons

Riding majestic unicorns

Dancing at the ball

Traveling through the woods

Finding a missing prince

But it was all just

An epic dream

And she awoke

To the sound of her mother

Shouting to wake up

“There are chores to be done!”

Slowly her smile

Turns into a frown

And the true nightmares

Begin all over again


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

What’s Up Doc

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Lyle went to check the sink for any dishes left to wash and made contact with a knife, “Damn it!” he exclaimed.  His mom came into the kitchen to see his son running his finger under cold water.  He turned as far as he could and asked, “Can you get me the first aid kit?”

“What happened?”

“Oh, I forgot there was a knife in the sink and I cut my finger.”

His mom got a bandage out of the kit and handed a towel to her son.  Then she carefully placed the bandage around his finger.  “Thanks doctor mom!”


(100 words)

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

Persuading

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Can I twist your arm

Will you see things my way

I’ll give you a little nudge

Speaking words of encouragement

I hope I can cajole you

To slide over next to me

Because your smile is so inviting

Your arms are strong but empty

And your eyes intoxicate me

Will you join me for a drink

And intelligent conversation

What are the chances

I can listen to you speak all night

Because your voice it soothes

And your lips look delicious

Will you take a chance on me


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