OctPoWriMo prompt



fall has come to the city

air brisk, steps match

light coat fare

mini skirts flounce not yet embracing the change

street vendors stouter from layers

cart emits chestnut smoke plumes

pedestrians skirt each other avoiding collision

holiday season enroute

perfect family time




Homeless Kids


Normal on the surface

And that’s where it stops

At school days end back to the shelter

Friends can’t come over

And there’s no sleep over

Cause we’re living far from normal

That’s what mom said

No place to stay no place to play

Since grandpa went to heaven

It has been this way

Without a room of our own

We moved to a shelter

‘Cause this was the only way

Missed curfew no bed for the night

Riding the train is now our plight

Danny ’cause he’s little cried all night

Mom planned it so we would get to school

On time for breakfast ’cause

There was not much dinner last night



Devastation:A to Z Challenge

D is for

Devastation ..that’s what it was!!

It was bedtime, almost. There was still time to play a few video games before mom clamped down and it would be bedtime for real. It was raining outside and the sound of raindrops pinging on the air-conditioner outside the window was my lullaby. It usually put me in a deep sleep and I would wake up ready to conquer my school day, at least that’s what mom said. That was the plan at least until until high tide. 

All day I have been wondering what high tide was. Everybody was talking about it on the news. I found out that night.  High tide is when the ocean push open the front door and come rushing through the house, floating the fridge the stove, the couch, the table, the bed AND THE VIDEO GAMES. It almost floated me!! But daddy grabbed me and brought me upstairs to grandma. Mommy and my big brother ran up the stairs too. Then daddy went back downstairs to save our clothes in the top drawers.

My toys were all gone. When the water went back to the ocean it took them with it. There must be kids in the ocean that needs toys.






school day snow day


all the entanglements madness insanity

highs lows unmatched intensity passion

oh please don’t leave I didn’t mean that


living at the edge of insanity

all that scattered-to- the -wind turmoil

collects itself and places itself on the side


this new love is a quiet assured intensity

you are forever changed from the core

you will never be the same


you couldn’t take your eyes off her

you experienced that shift in your DNA

you found your center in this teeny wiggler


this love brings with it no fear that it will ever fade

and that knowing smile from your parents

that says oh yeah, payback is underway


first day of half-day school

you showed up two hours early to collect her

just in case boogiemen were lurking in the bushes


she realized boys were other than toys

she made friends with the ugly ducklings

right along with the popular kids


during the teenage years you realized that

had boogiemen been at play

they would be throwing her back about now


you see her in you and you in her

and wonder how that happened

forever intertwined with this love of mine