Proud Of Who He Is

They say he is a hapless fool

Who walks the streets unaware

Oblivious to the dangers

And doesn’t seem to care

That others are out to get him

To take his freedoms down

All because he always smiles

And never wears a frown

They say that he is different

And happy all the time

They say he should be crushed

Because he doesn’t have a dime

But he has something others

Just can’t seem to find

He is content in who he is

He has an inner peace of mind

So the next time someone controls you

And takes away your right to grin

Dream about a real freedom

And know human rights will win

Photo by Arthur Swiffen on


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

Mumbles … Toothbrush

Depression does things to you… like makes your toothbrush the enemy.  Why bother?  No one will be smelling my breath today as I hide out at home afraid of my own shadow not to mention the entire world outside of the door.

No, I am no longer at that point.  I worked very hard to get here where I wanted to brush my teeth again.  And more importantly I wanted to brush them for ME.  Surprisingly after my last bout of depression I went to the dentist and had no new cavities, just a loose old filling.  Makes me glad I have been making a strong effort this year to improve things.  All one step at a time, or one tooth brushed at a time.


Bonus!  Even though it hurts to admit that it was nearly 45 years ago as I kid I went to the theater several times to see this move, (45 years?  Can’t be, can it?) I have to say this is one scene I memorized fast.  Even at the movies I picked up on ad jingles. 


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

Dusk To Dawn

Photo by Alex Fu on

The darkness seeps in

The night takes hold

Everything is still

No sounds

Clouds shroud the stars

Stagnant air hangs firm

I carve a path ahead

Looking towards morning

Reaching for light

Searching for hope

Safe in knowing

The sun will rise again


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

A Look at Life

Photo by Victor Freitas on

Aware I sit and ponder this world

Advantages I’ve had in life

Alone a time or two before

Attached to the wrong ones

Awakening I know it’s time to

Absorb the pain in my heart

And carry on as best I can

Alive with possibilities before me

Arranging hope health and happiness

Attacking the defeat I feel in me

Attune to my expanding future

Advising myself that the sky’s the limit


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

With You

Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on

I wander through the day

Following blindly to lists of chores

Not focusing on more than

What is right in front of me

Then like a breath of fresh air

My life is renewed

When you are near

Your smile warms me

Your laugh embraces me

And your voice soothes away stress

My peace is with you


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

Home Sweet Home

Photo by Tejas Prajapati on

Two birds vie for the same tree

Both beautiful but insistent in their song

Equal force of conviction conveyed to each other

I watch fascinated wondering who will win

Who will claim this tree for their home

In a final challenge

There is more of a squawk heard

One of the birds is on the attack

And just like that the other flees

Time now to build that nest


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