Can You Hear Me Now

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I dropped a hint

As big as the problems

That we are having

But still you didn’t see it

I confronted you

With the flat-out truth

About our situation

But it fell on deaf ears

I tried to save us

By explaining the issues

That appeared over time

But all hope was lost

…I said goodbye today

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

Put In The Work

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There is a problem

We need to face it

Before it overtakes us


There are some issues

We need to tackle

Before they grow too big


Communication has broken down

We need to fix it

If we are to survive


No matter how I say it

The bottom line is

We need to work on us

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

Return the Favor

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I can see her cry

And it breaks my heart

I see him struggle

And I want to help

I know they are in trouble

And I want to save them


So many of the people I love

Are caught in times of trouble

Cancer, death, pain, and homelessness

I am sympathetic to all

And so deeply sad as there is little I can do

To ease their pain and sorrow


I try to lend an ear

I will listen to all they say

I lend a shoulder and tissue

To collect all of their tears

I want to be there for them

As they have been there for me

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


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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


One thing after another

The problems compound

But I still have a way to escape

And keep my sanity


A walk in the sunshine

A breath of fresh air

The birds singing

The flowers blooming


So I stop the chaos for a moment

And then return to face the troubles

If only you would see the truth

And admit your part in this

Until then I am alone in this battle


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

Alone With Myself…

No one to talk to

My friends are all gone

Off to their own lives

I am left with none


No one to talk to

My friends are all gone

Drifted away to better people

I am left with none


No one to talk to

My friends are all gone

Somehow offended by me

I am left with none


No one to talk to

My friends are all gone

Alone with my problems

I am left with a ton…

Day 97 – 100 Days of Happiness

I had dinner tonight with two dear friends.  One was a big help to me when I was going through my cancer treatments and the other has been a friend for years from work as well.  It had been far too long since we had gotten together to talk so dinner stretched out more than 3 hours!  We had to catch up on how our families were doing… and let’s just say it has been a bad year.  We decided tonight that 2017 has to be better… murder (of a family pet), suicide attempts, health crisis, alcoholism, etc.  We decided we should write a soap opera based on our lives as things have been so rough it is hard to believe.

But we got out laughter and tears.  Leaned on each other a little and exchanged wishes for a great Christmas and a MUCH better New Year.  We promised to get together more often and stay in touch.  It was a wonderful night with good food and great friends.  …now bring on that better New Year!