walking down the path
toward me
remote look on her face
should i expect honesty
or a lie

for Three Things Challenge


Mike Salway*

venus, jupiter,
buck moon together; their weight
bears down on my life

for Frank J. Tassone’s Haiku Challenge

(*actually, as i type this at 12:35 am, the full moon stands just below saturn and jupiter, which for me is a far heavier conjunction than its conjuntion with venus and jupiter. Unfortunately, i don’t have a photo of this trio at hand.)


© 2020 Frank J. Tassone

more carbon dioxide in the air = happy plants and warmer weather.

revived wilderness
spreading; to enjoy it i
take my oxygen

for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge

off to war

Leaves Falling, Lief, Leave Over, Leaves

for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt


Photo by mh cheraghi on Pexels.com

trees feed multitudes
who wait for the leaves that fall
i eat the apples

for Mind Love Misery Menagerie Photo Challenge


twining vines in knots
ants trace along finding sap
my thoughts a sweet itch

for The Sunday Muse


I’ve been worried about my nephew. He’s a bright young man, but restless. Cooped up, he’s seemed depressed. I tried playing games with him but he’s not especially social. I made paints and other craft materials available to him, without luck.

We’re off the grid, so no internet, which rules out video games and shows. He doesn’t have a smartphone.

We have limited access to nature but he has been able to take walks in the sparse woods nearby. That’s something.

Last weekend, I found a trunk of old books in the attic. On top of the pile inside was my old copy of Anthony Adverse. I hadn’t seen it or thought of it in years. It was a favorite of mine when I was a freshman in high school. Without expectations, I offered it to my nephew. With it he finally found escape, with more books to come.

for Tale Weaver

Bi-centennial News of 1820

Challenge: Joseph Smith Jr. was challenged by a vision in Palmyra, New York, which began the Mormon Church.
Fun: Maine, where folks from Massachusetts went on vacation, became a state.

for Three Things Challenge

Travel: Soresaddle, Montana

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Welcome to Soresaddle. We’re pleased to have you.

We’re not much to look at, passing through, but we have one thing to be proud as punch about. The world’s largest nature park for retired animals.

Here you will find all those veteran animals from zoos around the U.S. They’ve given their all to entertain and educate you and now they deserve a well-earned rest, away from the urban hustle and bustle.


Here, the lambs lie down with the lions, who are mostly toothless at this point. Here we have special areas for the demented.

Please don’t feed them. Thank you.

for Tuesday Photo Challenge

“Down in front!”

three line tales, week 219: a man with red letters illuminating his face
photo by Daniel Monteiro via Unsplash

“Down in front!”

What a dilemma.

How was he supposed to get to the bathroom?

for Three Line Tales