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Swiftly failing memory

Trauma less retrograde amnesia

That daily duel with the doddering drudge

The friendly fog of forgetfulness

Erasing the bad with the good

The sweet soothing balm of oblivion

Kindly buffering the agonizing pain of loss

Expunging both broken dreams and hearts

Shrouding all the disagreements and battles

Cushioning the relentless creep of old age

With the gentle haze of oncoming senility.



Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: November 5, 2019: Today’s prompt: Write a piece of prose or poetry with the phrase “swiftly failing memory” in it

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: November 5, 2019

Lurking Quietly Behind the Beauty

Lurking quietly behind the beauty
Proud panoply of multicolored trees
Dark vees mournfully honking south
A certain tart crispness in the air
The languishing taste of autumn
That distinctive odor of fallen leaves
Softly brimming with creeping decay
All these things hint at the hidden truth
The year is silently fading away.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge October 29, 2019: Use the phrase “behind the beauty” in any kind of writing you choose

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge October 29, 2019

Summer’s Last Dying Kiss

red and orange autumn leaves on the ground and on trees beside body of water
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Luminous sunshine radiates down

an electric blue sky vibrates overhead

traced with a fine lacing of wispy white clouds

trees swathed boldly in motley color

vaunt their autumnal plumage

unharvested fields glow golden

skein of geese honking south

soft rustling swirl of dry leaves

a warm breeze gently caressing the cheek

summer’s last dying kiss.


October 15, 2019

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, October 15, 2019: Today’s prompt: Use the words “last dying kiss” in a piece of poetry or prose

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, October 15, 2019




First spring gust surges
Wind’s wake betrays thaw’s approach
Honking Vee’s flying
Harbingers of equinox
Efflorescent explosion.


I choose to write a Tanka.

#Haikai Challenge #72 (2/9/19): first spring gust (haru ichiban) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) in which you state or allude to the first spring gust (haru ichiban)

#Haikai Challenge #72 (2/9/19): first spring gust (haru ichiban) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga




Streaking sky grey
Fleecy clouds inspire
Wondrous visions
Misty blue hills rising
Decorating the horizon
Vistas expanding
Worlds mysterious
Dreaming of impossibilities
Potentialities expanding
Becoming reality
Frees the spirit
Profits your soul.

Exactly 36 Words
Weekend Writing Prompt #92: “Wool-gathering”


winterfield furrows

Fallow lies the furrowed earth
Entombed by bitter bleakness
Winter, that inhospitable season
Waiting patiently
Seasons cycling
Spring’s rebirth
Exuberant verdant explosion
Flora splitting the soil
Wild geese scything the sky
Songbirds caroling joyfully
Fountaining hope
Resurrection of the soul.


40 Words exactly
Weekend Writing Prompt #90: “Furrowed”



“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
Bram Stoker

Darkness is my cloak /Wrap it tight/
Shielding every movement
Bathed by the light of the new moon
Howling of the wolves /Prelude/
Minutes of terror
My presence wrecks
Stealthily I creep
Upon my prey
Oblivious in their innocence
Hot red blood /Beckoning/
Fast beating hearts /Throbbing/
Drawing me in
I open my mouth wide /Strike/
My fangs dig deep /Feast/
Limp bodies /Paley waxen/
Take to wing
Soaring through the skies
Seeking /Ever seeking/
I revel in everything I am
/Creature of the night/
Predator /Slayer/


Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: January 15, 2029