Mr. Fixit

The parishioners’ complaints grew more urgent.
Father O’Malley finally gave in.
“To keep the peace,” he announced during his homily, “we’ll use this week’s collection to spruce up the place a wee bit.”

for Three Line Tales


water is a world
that heat can evaporate
and make acid rain

for Reena’s Exploration Challenge


curtains of falling snow
blankets of fallen snow
signal for sleep

for Thursday Photo Prompt


my cats handle mice
my dogs handle intruders
spiders handle bugs

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge


saw a specter’s ghost
in a dream last night
so many specters of death and destruction
the new ones are killing off the old ones

for Your Daily Word Prompt


my stumble normal
animal stumble in wilds
cause for some concern

for Word of the Day Challenge


green is blue when foul
earth is polluted just now
blue is green when clean

for Ragtag Daily Prompt

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I realized that our eight-year-old was missing when lunchtime arrived. My wife summoned me back from the play area with Becky, our three-year-old, and asked me where Dan was.

“I thought he was with you,” I said.

We hurried about and discovered a gap in the row of canoes on the lake shore.

“Oh my God,” said my wife.

We stared out over the lake. The canoe was nowhere to be seen.

“I’ll go after him,” I said. I pushed a canoe out into the water, jumped in, and snatched up the oars.

“Run tell the park rangers,” I shouted as I began to row.

Suddenly I realized I didn’t know what I was doing, where I was going. Water all around and no canoes in it but mine. Had the boy capsized in the wake of a motorboat? Should I stand up for a better view or would I capsize as well?

I cursed myself for my helplessness. My haplessness. I wiped sweat off my face. I heard faint cries. Dan?

Back on shore, I could see my wife and Becky and Dan, side-by-side, waving to me.



leaves cover the soil
where life awaits this new meal
we all eat the dead

for Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille


largest mammals make
smallest sperm; more are needed
to cover large pitch

largest sperm belongs
to fruit fly; it’s twenty times
longer than the fly

for Photo Challenge