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Encounter With a Shadow

shadow of youth

A poetic reflection on time and shadow.

As the sun shone bright behind me
The girl that I had been
Appeared in slender shadow
As I walked westward home.



One Bright Star

star

I sit here tonight and watch the star that I have "found" in the heavens. Memories collide and I am reminded of a sweaty little palm that held tightly onto my hand, a palm that, too quickly, slipped from my grasp.



False Alarm

photo credit: maxpixel.com

The intruder broke security
In the stillness of the dead of night.
The honking cacaphony
li>Alerted geese in Southern flight

The Certainty of Uncertainty

between the devil and the deep blue sea
Photo Credit: Lubo Minar on Unsplash

One of life's ongoing torments is the certainty of uncertainty. Every decision we make comes with at least two, if not multiple choices, often leaving us between the devil and the deep blue sea.

jaden

lily

in the middle of the garden,
rooted deep within the soil,
in between robust flowers
sat this one who watched, waited
as the sun drenched them for hours.>

A Brief Story

I remember a day when I wish I had tied my panties in a knot. Out of a whole drawer of undies, I had picked the oldest pair; those with elastic that held onto its stretch by a string.

Clickbait: Nothin' to See Here

don't be reeled in by clickbait

Josh Benton of Harvard’s Neiman Journalism Lab defined clickbait as "Noun: Things I don't like on the Internet.”
There is little to like about clickbait. Clickbait is a headline that generates a momentary rush of excitement that culminates in a rapid letdown. It is a corruption of information, a "bait and switch" tactic that leads to the Internet's most insipid websites and faux blogs filled with picture galleries accompanied by short, vapid blurbs of text.

Activism: Walking the Walk

We are better than this

Picture credit: Pixabay

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students are reminding us that youth can speak to power, can foment change, and that it is a force to be reckoned with. These young survivors of the Parkland massacre bring firsthand authority to the gun debate and are showing the adult population how to solve problems.

Talk the Talk. Write the Walk.

too to to error

I marvel at the language skills of those who live outside of native English-speaking countries. Several friends speak two or more languages. I find that phenomenal. Although I have studied French and Spanish, I am far from conversant in either language. English is my one and only and sometimes I've wondered about that..

14 Writing Prompts That Smash Writer's Block

bulldozerThe other day I suggested some ways to create writing prompts. This list will suggest ways to expand them into the story you want to tell. These writing prompts will trip your trigger, light your fire, or push your on-button. I’ve looked at dozens, maybe hundreds of writing prompts. The problem with them is they all start with a single sentence. When writer’s block ices up your driveway, you need a bigger bulldozer to dislodge it.