Ode to a Kiss

Gifted by time’s sweet perspective, twists and turns defined a solitary kiss To heal the hurt, his simple objective a lingering embrace, a rescue from the abyss And in that moment when time stood still, when faith and trust meant letting go I felt these intentions of his A connection meant to chase away that chill A chance to erase the trials of long ago … Continue reading Ode to a Kiss

Gift of Indecision

It’s a blessing, this indecision No more hesitating to count what’s mine although a tear may blur my vision This choice, a final baseline No more hesitating to count what’s mine I’ll erase those mistakes and call it revision This choice, my final baseline for a future free of derision I’ll erase those mistakes and call it revision Surely a gift from above, some kind … Continue reading Gift of Indecision

Defying Winter

When the view from everyday life is overwhelming and the familiar becomes strange I long to feel the sun burning my tender skin again, just to feel alive When the same street below is vacant and dreary and the cold seeps in, somehow penetrating shuttered windows and closed doors, and the only sound is suffocating  silence… Silence… I slip and fall Silence…as treacherous as that … Continue reading Defying Winter

Skeleton Keys

Was it there all along? An invitation unopened beneath collections of correspondence unanswered, ignored, aggressively pushed away A smile behind tears tracing lines, carving sorrow Muddying waters in a whirlpool slowly pulling down, drowning in the place where light disappeared Sun shining brightly behind rolling storm clouds throwing daggers of electricity that incinerated everything it touched in a desperate inferno Was it there? A glimmer of hope … Continue reading Skeleton Keys


Stop don’t run away We can move mountains if you just stay Don’t run away we can find our way back believe and meet me midway We can move mountains with hope and whispered prayers we’ll throw coins in all the fountains If you stay the world can turn around we’ll right every promise betrayed Stay photo: Pixabay prompt: 2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day … Continue reading Stay

Life Invested

It whispers in the background Static, a constant companion Biding its time patiently waiting to strike And when the moment comes… When you draw your final breath alone in the middle of the night Will satisfaction be yours? Did you color outside the lines to create a masterpiece of your own design with all the broken pieces? Did you answer the call when beauty beckoned, … Continue reading Life Invested

Transforming Landscapes

In a frozen world bound by rigid rules a stark landscape leaves no room for expansion beyond ice-covered walls   Fear of failure makes the likelihood of escape as remote as a tiny seed finding enough purchase to grow in that requisitioned tundra   With a burning desire to cultivate a meaningful existence framed within a warmer climate Ambition fuels the fire that transforms frigid … Continue reading Transforming Landscapes


Gossip…. a skill developed by even the youngest among us Garners false power that intoxicates Gathers enthused followers who delight in misery Guides ill-informed groups down a dangerous path   Chatter on the playground in even the smallest group Chastises the girl with the ill-fitting clothes Censures the boy with the clumsy body Castigates the child who does not fit in   Small talk in … Continue reading Gossip

Not a Statistic

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has stunning information regarding struggling students in the United States. The organization states “While some educational outcomes for students with learning disabilities have shown improvements in recent years, overall they remain unacceptably low.” Here is a summary of the facts. Close to half of secondary students with LD perform more than three grade levels below their enrolled grade in … Continue reading Not a Statistic