chrysanthemum flowers
bloom at the stonemason’s
between stones
petals curling thoughtfully
mason’s fingers grasp a hammer

for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation


misty gray mirages
islands dissolve at boat’s bow
now we are alone

for Putting My Feet in the Dirt September 2019 Writing Prompts


invisible loon
cries drifting to us at dusk
our baby now restless

for Fandango One-word Challenge


bird conversation
are they chatting together
we argue both ways

for The Daily Spur


some animals talk
having brief conversations
podcasts discuss this

for Ragtag Daily Prompt


more future than past
or has our past used us up
little future left

for Your Daily Word Prompt


sensual warm pond
surrounded by bright flowers
my garden hammock

for Word of the Day Challenge

My Birthday

Photo from Pixabay

Dear Diary, today was my 40th birthday. Woo hoo!

Of course I threw a big shindig. No surprise party for me. I wanted to hand-pick the guests – all the folks I wanted to impress. Me, the loser in high school and college. Mr. Unlikely To Succeed. Come to my party and see where I am now!

I had everybody up to my new ultra-luxury penthouse. Fifty-fourth floor! A view over the city and the river beyond. And the foothills and mountains beyond that.

From the photo, you can see where I’m going with this. Everybody crowded out onto the balcony. In spite of the cost of the place, shoddy construction. Way too many people in one place, all drunk.

The building owners can replace the balcony but they can’t replace the friends.

Silver lining: The friends all got to see how well I’m doing and feel jealous. Yay!

for Sunday Photo Fiction


birds’ mating plumage
colors and patterns signal
garter belts work too

for The Sunday Muse