Love Receipt

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When you buy something you get a receipt, just in case it doesn’t work, it is the wrong size or you find you already have one.  Why can’t love be returnable?


It’s new

It’s shiny

It’s comfortable

It makes us feel alive


It gets old

It wears

It gets uncomfortable

It makes us reminisce the past


It sours

It becomes work

It drags us down

It makes us wish for freedom


Excuse me sir

May I see the manager

I have my receipt

I want my heart back


I have failed in the past and this new, shiny love is opening different avenues for me, but will it last?  Will it fizzle and sputter.  I put a lot of one-sided work in on past misfortunes that collapsed.  I hope I have a little fight left in me, as this feels worth it.  Only time will tell.


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

With You

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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

Come On In

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Step forward to the entrance

Open up the door and take a peek

You’re coming into my heart

And I couldn’t be happier

Look out for some baggage

Stacked up here and there

And boxes of memories

Some boarded up

Others wide open

But there is a comfort here for you

That I hope you find pleasant

And it is an easy going place

No pressure to stay but still

I hope you will share it with me

For many years to come


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

Taking Aim

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Shoot it to me straight

Is this magical night

The start of something new

Is there a chance on the horizon

Of change in the air

Or has cupid failed again

And shot a crooked arrow


This lighthearted look at the coming holiday of Valentine’s Day is just a reminder to NEVER give up hope.  There may or may not be change in the air, but if you never breathe in how will you know.  Taking chances is hard sometimes but to quote the old workout saying of the 80’s – No pain, no gain.


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



Both of us were lost and alone

You hidden in the big city

Me the invisible one of my family

Yet somehow we found each other


Both of us were unsure of tomorrow

You content in your house

Me afraid to leave mine

Yet somehow we met


Both of us could not believe our future

You thinking of burning bridges

Me wondering if I could give it all up

Yet somehow we knew we would make it


Both of us were in love



Yet somehow we


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

Shared Confessions

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Confess your dreams to me

Do you want to flee

Escape this madness with me

And live in fantasy free


Confess your truths to me

Do you need the key

To set your sins free

And a clear future see


Confess your love to me

Do you want to be free

Where you only feel glee

In a world of just we


Confess your hopes to me

Confess your past to me

Confess your feelings to me

Confess you need me

… as much as I need you


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

Man, Creation or Warlock

He must be a warlock

Casting a spell on me

I can’t stop smiling

And my heart is all a flutter

His potions must work fast

As I have been enchanted instantly

His kindness and concern

Leaves me mesmerized

Can a person really be that wonderful

And not be a conjured creation

I just sit back and take in another look

Sure my eyes have been hypnotized

Into a trance of happiness

And I am going to do nothing to stop it

Just hold on tight

While this man works his magic

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… just popping in here about midnight (yes, I know it is late tonight) to share some spooky things with you up until Halloween is upon us. Warlocks, ghost and skulls to name a few. Nothing scarier than real life too. So have a boo-tiful end of October and watch out for what’s around the corner. Ha, ha, ha, ha!

Sharpen Your Ax

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Like a lumberjack chops at a tree

You sever little pieces of my love for you

Taking me for granted and ignoring me

Why can it hurt so much when you are forgotten

And I am not as young as I once was

And I will not forever be here for you

I love you with all of my being

But I can only tolerate so many chops


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

Your Distorted Reflection

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We have been through this before

Go ahead

Just slam the door

Walk away

You always do

Leaving me alone

Not knowing what to do



I have had it

I am tired of this game

Always the one you blame

Take a look in the mirror

See the truth glaring back

I am trying my best

Get off my back



Watch me pack my bags

I am no longer your toy

I deserve to be loved

Not by someone like you

By someone who can truly see

Not a shattered image of reality

But an honest love that all can see


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