the enemy

today i have
an enemy
the enemy is
just contemplating
that all day
has been too

it brought my
mood down
seven flights
and left me
at the bottom
so please somebody
rescue me
with daft smiles,
if you’ve got ’em


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created for the Daily prompt – seriousness

tepid like the tea

was the reception
tepid like the tea
that we were served
though we deserved
a sparkling white chablis
we’d made a major breakthrough
we’d solved a major crime
when we came back to tell them
that their uncle would serve time
they didn’t take it like we thought
we didn’t read the room
they didn’t like the gift we brought
the way we had assumed
the men got out their rifles
and backed us out the door
and that explains why we don’t go
to weddings anymore


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created for the Daily prompt lukewarm

walter told a little lie


little walter was aware

that ruth had other suitors
so walter told a little lie
he told her they’d been neutered

there’s little walter
waiting at the altar
patiently for ruth
while ruth pursues the truth

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picture by iicaityy, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt aware

lush lush



the lush lass
slept it off
in the lush grass
woke up with
a banging head
could be worse
she could be dead
next night
she fell down
even quicker
some girls
just can’t
hold their liquor
if this lush grass
gets any lusher
this lush lass
will need an usher
to find
her way
back home

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picture by tobiasd, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt lush

not nice

a creature
it’s just


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picture by barnimages, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt criticize

consortium emporium


the geese flocked to the zoo to see
a gaggle of themselves
with other little statuettes
on other little shelves
the souvenir shop had stocked up
on groups of every critter
from bloats of hungry hippos
to a lounge of leaping lizards
some foxes skulked into the shop
they bought a pack of rats
followed by a baboon troop
who sought a cloud of bats
alligators congregated curiously too
sure they’d heard of caribou
they came to catch a few


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picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – heard

perhaps we broke the law

meetingwe sit in awkward
silence since
they called us to assemble
or whisper to our cohorts
as we fidget
and we tremble
the company is
on the brink
of greatness or disaster
this ship is either sinking
or it’s getting
a new master
perhaps there’s been
a buyout
perhaps we broke the law
perhaps there’s
something coming
that no single soul foresaw
perhaps we’re relocating
be still, my heart, be still,
or maybe this is,
yes it is,
another safety  drill


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picture by john-mark kuznietsov, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – tremble

misadventures of the young inventor

he built himself
a craft
to serve him
as a raft
old bottles were
the base of it
with plywood on
the face of it
the ocean got
a taste of it
and swallowed it
for dinner
lucky thing that boy
is a good swimmer



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picture by modi74, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt craft

a master of his crimes

he thought he was
unseen by human eyes
not the guy
the average guy
or girl would recognize
in and out of alleyways
pinching fives and dimes
he thought he was
a master of his crimes
but he was not
so he is here
and he’ll be here
for many years
imprisoned first
then ostracized
now he is invisible
unseen by human eyes


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picture by alex van, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt recognize

sometimes we can

he used to be a hero
the atlas of his crew
when everybody moved away
the burden of it grew
life got overwhelmingnature-243483_960_720
he climbed inside his shell
to passing by observers he
pretended all was well
but nothing got accomplished
nothing was resolved
and in this way
his problems all devolved
his house fell down around him
plank by weary plank
he lost his job and lost his car
he stared at nothing, blank
a new girl bought
the house next door
she came to bring him pie
and seeing him in need of aid
she helped him simplify
between the two a friendship grew
that lasted to the end
sometimes we can, alone we can
sometimes we need a friend


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picture by antranias, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – overwhelming