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Green stripe


she had never seen

someone’s eyes see only her

she had never heard

a voice both foreign and home

she had never felt

a touch meant for her alone

she had never said

such things to another soul

she had never known

until this very moment

it could be like this


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125:365 :: Trapped


layer by stony layer

she fashioned alone

a fortress like no other

year by lonely year

she retreats from pain until

joy can not find her

day by numbing day

sanctuary becoming

solitary hell

crack by gleaming crack

she wakes to find hope creeping

crawling across walls

weakened by her growing will

to reveal her truth

layer by stony layer


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And an older piece that fits the latest prompt….

Walking Away

don’t forget to say goodbye

if you walk away

look me in the eye

tell me all the reasons why

when you walk away

be kind and certain

remember it does matter

how you walk away

whatever you do

no fading into nothing

no hiding in the shadows

give me a chance to say

it’s okay

as you walk away

ENTRE COPAS Y AMIGOS, a photo by LAGRAJA on Flickr.


for tonight we drink

and feast on the living joys

celebrating our

ordinary everyday’s

wonders thrills marvels

sharing laughing loving

let us miss not one

no not one



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Float On

Originally uploaded by Jeremy Snell

I fear most the drift

washed away without design

left alone to chance

I loathe most the drift

bowing to the swells of fate

soul’s white flag to chance

I miss most the drift

freed of any crooked stokes

not my fault but chance

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their voices low

humming rumbling purring

underneath the sheets



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which door do I choose?

each one leads to another

hall of confusion

Photo by black eyes

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Running Away

Originally uploaded by George Schmiester

with each breath I slip

deep into a boundless realm

population one

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Out of Reach

Originally uploaded by stephaniedan

I want it all she says

while reaching, reaching, reaching

with one open hand

the other held close

afraid to release what was

doubting what could be

she says I know that

two hands are better than one

but one dream is better than none

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Day Fourty Five

she spirals  in vain

as her mind ever wanders

in search of respite

and relief from her very

ordinary life

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My Happiness Project

1. Set a bedtime.
2. Make my bed every morning.
3. Always be reading something.
4. Move more.
5. Toss and organize.
6. Give proofs of love.
7. Leave the past.
8. Fight right.
9. Don't expect praise or appreciation.
10. Kiss more, hug more, touch more.
11. Aim higher.
12. Find some fun.
13. Ask for help.
14. Smile.
15. Realize it's possible.
16. Don't compare;be inspired.
17. Focus on what I have.
18. Beware of drift.
19. Take a chance.
20. Listen.
21. Be mindful.
22. Cultivate gratitude.
23. Spend out.
24. Do good, feel good.
25. Show up.
26. Have the courage to be imperfect.
27. Find joy in the ordinary.
28. Work smart.
29. Enjoy now.
30. Talk to strangers.
31. Go outside.
32. Start where I am.
33. Show up on time.
34. See art everyday.
35. Love with abandon.
36. Be colorful.
37. Dress the part.
38. Revel in accomplishments.
39. Learn something new.
40. Fear less.
41. Take pictures.
42. Speak with integrity.
43. Don't be critical about small things.
44. Manage my pain.
45. Surround myself with creative people.
46. Practice, practice, practice.
47. Don't force it.
48. Deal with something once.
49. Trust my instincts.
50. Avoid gossip.
51. Choose to see the best in people.
52. Take time to be silly.
53. Throw my own party.
54. Be a mentor.
55. Lean into my fears.
56. Find the others.
57. Do the unexpected.
58. Don't break the chain.
59. Do things others aren't.
60. Slow down.
61. Be cool with not being cool.
62. Be kinder than necessary and more generous than reasonable.
63. Pretend I'm good at it.
64. Keep in touch.
65. Row my own canoe.
66. Do what only you can do.
67. If it doesn't work out, find something that does.
68. Dream bigger.
69. Notice what's right.
70. Stop talking. Start doing.
71. When in doubt, choose laughter.
72. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
73. Respect everyone.
74. Be early.
75. Delete the unnecessary.

Three Simple Rules

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.
3. If you do not MOVE forward, you will always be in the same place.

All I Need

1. Someone to love.
2. Something to do.
3. Something to hope for.

What I’m Reading

Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

U.S. States I’ve Visited

New Mexico
North Carolina

Countries I’ve Visited

Bermuda (British territory)

I write about…