i’ve brushed my hair
& brushed my teeth
& brushed my hair again
i’m ready to go,
i’m on my way,
i’m out the door & then
i rush back in and brush my hair & brush my teeth again.

i’ve changed my dress
& changed my mind
& changed my dress once more.
i’m ready to go,
i’m on my way,
i’m out the door & then
i rush back in and change my dress & change my mind again.

i’ve done my eyes
& done my nails
& done my eyes all over
i step outside
& i can smell
the fresh clean scent of clover
i rush back in and do my eyes and do my nails all over.

i’ve done all this
and done all that
and done it all again
this is it now
i feel sure
i’m out for good and then
i rush back in and brush my hair and brush my teeth again.
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picture courtesy
Daily prompt – scent

afraid that one will bite her

she’s working on a project
a facet needs replacement
but all the extra pieces
are stored down in the basement
she doesn’t want to
go therebasement
she has a fear of
afraid that one will
fall on her
afraid that one will
bite her
she’ll table this
for now
it’s no big deal,
it’s fine,
she’ll solve it like she’s done before
she’ll buy more parts online
now that she’s decided this
her tension is relieved
she’ll work on something new until
her shipment is received



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pictures courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – replacement

the importance of being yellow


i know a girl
who didn’t
like yellow
they took it away
and what then?
butterfly-979557_960_720the sun left the sky
and the
butterflies died
and she couldn’t
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bananas and lemons
no longer existed
and so there
was no lemonade
daffodils left
and the daisies
went too
and the gardens
looked saddened
and faded

all the taxis
were gonecity-1265055_960_720
and the moon
had moved on
and the rainbows background-1466088_960_720.png
were mostly
just blue
because yellow
was used

to create
other hues
green and orange
abandoned us too
adorable-15904_960_720the ducks and
the chicks
and giraffes

were all black
so the little animal-156709_960_720.png
girl wept
and at night
while she slept
they brought all
the yellow things back


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pictures courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – yellow
inspired by a little girl who lost her love for yellow

not so hot at standing in line

the firefly
went to the bank
to check, I guess,
her balance
hers may be
much better than mine
but she’s not so hot at
standing in line
in spite of
her other talents

2 masked robbers stormed the joint
flashing their automatics
and the firefly
to prove a point
in a manner most undemocratic
turned on the charm
until both were disarmed
which another time might seem immoral
but the 2 were so stunned
that they put down their guns
and withdrew without any withdrawal

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picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – automatic
inspired by a real firefly in a real bank

pacing like a soldier

he senses she’s in danger
but she is danger too
and so he sets to guarding
from a distance
he thought he was
a stronger man
a smarter man
but this girl can
strip from him
all semblance
of resistance
he’s pacing like a soldier
a detective on a stakeout
he’s pacing with his starbucks
and his cigarette just lit
he’ll stop smoking
get a haircut
drink less caffeine
but she’s the only thing
that he can’t quit

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picture by unsplash, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – filter

lonesome languor

the word today
is simple
and yet
it makes
me queasy
i’ve handled many
harder words
i thought
this would
be easy
i wish i had more time
to make a silly rhyme
to put a happy
thought to page
to be a wistful sage
like back when things were rosy
like back when life was cozy
now all collisioncourse1
my thoughts
are deep
a simple
would be
it’s hard to
even care
and what else
could i share
but wizened disrepair
nothing is grabbing me
shaking me out
of my insular

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picture by the spectacular and zany siddie bowtie
created for the Daily prompt – simple

the ever-patient patient

it’s ten a.m.
i’m going home
with music in my ears
survived a week in hospital
i’m holding back some tears
the nurses here were angels
the doctors were the bomb
the guy in radiology
reminded me of mom

now it’s twelve
and i’m still here
the ever-patient patient
they’re dealing with a problem
with the patient who’s adjacent
i fell asleep
and now it’s two
how time flies in this vault
they still have not released me
and of course it’s no one’s fault
it’s 6:00
they brought more food
their effort to appease
but took away my pillow
and my blankets
so i freeze
they wheel-chaired me
at 8:00
and left me in the hall
but since i’m packed
and strapped in tight
i can’t do much at all
it’s ten p.m.
i’m going home
and it’s for real this time
too content to hold a grudge
the air out here’s divine



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picture by monreal312, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – ten

some of us are chickens

i’m not gonna
think  about
impending devastation
the way the
planet’s headedostrich
only leads
to aggravation
i’m not gonna
focus on
eventual demise
when i think about
these things
i’m paralyzed
not everyone’s
a fighter
not every soul
is spunky
some of us
are chickens
some of us
are monkeys
some of us
are younger
some have served
our terms
someone’s got to
check in on the worms

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picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – devastation


they wrapped up
prostate surgery
doctor-79579_960_720the team went
out for drinks
someone left
their android
in the o.r.,
so he thinks….
a simple little
is keeping allen
up all night
with a buzzing
in his balls
every time the
smart phone gets a call

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picture by tps dave, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – oversight

eager to succumb

companion piece to web slinger

the sultry, savvy spider sets
her own successful traps
sticky, strong, she strings along
some unsuspecting saps

so it was with her and him,
she the spider, on a whim,
released the pest he had become,
though he was eager to succumb




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picture by jordan holiday, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – successful