And Shine

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #231 & Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Smattering

let only a smattering
of what others say penetrate
beneath the protective sheathing
built up over the years
of defining how to live
with yourself

don’t let their insecurities, insensitivities, and disrespect
enter your own “community of madness”
for you have enough on your plate
with you and only you
dive in despite the hurt
bring your light to being

What Is Seen

Inspired by Sadje’s What do you see #134

only a smattering of fragments
and hints will i give you
seemingly evasive or cagey

always on my mind
detection is a concern

wholeness eludes even me
the person closest
experiencing it all

compartmentalizing the good
the bad and the ugly
i’m complexity wrapped in skin

No Pants

Inspired by Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Guiding Light & Reena’s Exploration Challenge #230

in today’s world of text messages and emails
confusion over interpretation mounts
face time, video chats, and zoom meetings
brings us together live
to determine intent and desired goals
our guiding light is honesty, openness, and cooperation
to achieve desired outcomes

well, mostly…

Another Year

Inspired by Sadje’s What do you see #133

the date of my birth
will soon come again

as lines on my face
etch deeper

my whole body achier
skin is drier and gravity pulls me down

the will to thrive
still exists

but with each passing celebration
the inevitable draws near

i will falter


I preferred physics to chemistry, a medieval forerunner of alchemy. At least, I thought I did. I wasn’t like the others I observed; I was never sloppily or irresponsibly drunk. The worst I managed was being caught with a shady snack while the other fools were at the bar guzzling drinks. I wasn’t a clod

My trajectory was to hit pay dirt or, at the very least, to cash in with current decisions on the gold in my future. Maybe I’d sometimes have to accept silver, but that was better than what my fellow students had decided to do now.

On The Horizon

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #229 & Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Starry Nights

on these starry nights
immersed in that which grounds me
reflective insights come easily
seeing immense possibilities on the horizon
i have untapped abilities waiting to be discovered

The Start Of An Adventure

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #228 & Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Sublime

he had me at the twinkle of his eyes
reaching for the right sentence
to convince, catching me in a stare

the flash of his smile
and the boyish charm wrapped up in this man
invited an enthusiastic engagement

coffee? sure
our like-minded language spanned hours
a request for more became a dinner date

sushi, then? sure
an adventure wrapped up in a wink
a chance meeting with a sublime creature led to more

Forever Bonded

Inspired by Sadje’s What do you see #131

the first-born knew
the youngest would go far
being curious, intelligent, and bold
she was way beyond her years

they both leaned on each other
the inexperienced one required the wisdom
and the oldest unwound from the spontaneity
largely when they grew up

a connection formed in childhood
and survived through the ages
one needed the other
who needed the other



not another next
i do believe my mass will implode
what on earth have i done to deserve this
why must my heart be torn apart in another war
only to once again reject a connection made
the color of beaten love
cloud on my face
oh, to kill the ensuing anxiety and suffering 

yet, i will search the trenches of my heart made by you 
to find the ability to forgive
it’s an unreasonable ask

Go check out Sadje’s Sunday Poser – Great question and wonderful responses! This piece reflects what so many of us have done – kept on trying and trying, even in the face of no resolution.

City Life

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #227 & Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Dewdrops

hustle and bustle
their next stop on their minds
mindlessly plodding each next step

beware of collisions!
auto or man

the hectic encountered here
is nothing like dewdrops on blades of grass
remaining stationery
or slow and lazily falling wherever