At Her Side

She had a troubled life

Was traumatized by

Those she trusted

The way she coped at first

Was to write out

Her fears and pain

She was very prolific

With her words of despair

Then one day

The words no longer worked

She was trouble by things

We see everyday

A phone ringing

A mailman at the door

And she became afraid

To step outside her home

Friends rallied around her

And her life miraculously changed

With a four-legged friend

To help her through

Her anxiety and PTSD

He saved her life

And brought her

Some security and love

A companion with a purpose

Who gave her hope again


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

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Charms

I have a heart

That has been hurt

More times

Then I can count

But something

About his smile

Made me wonder

If it might not be

Completely worn out

So I think that I will

Just utilize my charms

And I can see

If there is a future

Or even a little hope

Of love again for me


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

Breathless

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The magnitude of what lies before me

It takes my breath away

So much at stake

So much to do

And all the while

The world keeps spinning

Not slowing down at all

I’m overwhelmed and under attack

Bit by bit eating away my hope

I get outside of the here and now

And worry begins to take over

For now all I can do is try to rest

And start over again tomorrow


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

A Little Bit

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She looks in the mirror

And dislikes what she sees

But there once was a day

Not so long ago

Her inner dialog

Would have been all

Hate and vitriol towards herself

Now she may not be happy

But she no longer hates

Instead she is true to her feelings

And knows it is not

Her goal in life to please others

She only has to please herself

And if she has a bad day

It is okay

She is not perfect

But she loves what she has accomplished

And each day is a new chance

To improve little by little


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

Control

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I am lost and alone

Searching for any hope

You have weaved your web

To trap me in isolation

You alienate me from everything

Taking away any contact

Just so you can control

What I say and do

But I have news for you

I am stronger than you think

And I will fight back

Climbing out of this

Endless black hole I’m in

And one day you may find

I have reached the light of day

And walked right out of your control


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge – alienate https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/12/fowc-with-fandango-alienate/

No Stranger To Hope

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From Pixabay on Pexels

A candid moment

Of a stranger

Looking for hope

You can’t see

The cardboard shelter

You can’t see

Faces that look away from him

You can’t see

The ones that try to push him down

But he still looks

Towards tomorrow

And he keeps

Looking for work

Looking to belong

Looking for food

Looking for his chance

At a brighter future

 

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

Looking Ahead

I close my eyes so I can see

The future lying in front of me

There is a love who’s not quite clear

But I know from him there is nothing to fear

I can’t make out if I am happy or sad

I guess to know all the future is bad

So I will dream and visualize

With hope not fear in my eyes

 

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

Stupid Cupid

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Sometimes it feels

Like I am in a conspiracy

The fates or cupid

Have it out for me

They get my hopes up

Then dash them with goodbyes

Will I ever find a lasting love

Will the next one be the right one

All I can do is wait and hope

That one day my love will come

And I can be happy at last

 

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

Full Steam Ahead

Living life to the fullest

Have a hunger for what’s ahead

Be on the lookout for your future

Don’t live a life of dread

 

The past can no longer hurt you

The future is your dreams

Keep pace with the present

Love is everything it seems

 

This time you can win

If you grab life with zest

Stay filled with desires

True love really is the best

 

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