the lettuce is gone
i suspect bunny rabbits
like me they’re vegans

for Your Daily Word Prompt

my orders are clear


“My orders are clear. Eleven o’clock was the deadline.”

“Do you mean the orders you got from somebody else for you to do, or the orders you got from somebody else for me to do, or us both, or just your orders to yourself, or your orders to me?”


for 50 Word Thursday

indoors and outdoors

there are no indoors in the outdoors
except those we build
caves and hollow logs and beaver lodges don’t count
foxes and badgers don’t go indoors

when it rains humans go indoors
other animals shelter in dens or
under bushes

unlike indoors where plastic
is found on shelves and tables
in the great outdoors plastic
is found on the gound and in the water

for Three Things Challenge


Tatyana-Sanina at DeviantArt.com

as earth’s surface warms
sunlight’s pressure grows stronger
cooler underground

for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge


my mother called her friends girls

my father called her friends broads or birds
but he called my mother his wench

my uncle called the girls skirts or dames
but sometimes he used the b word

my big brother always said ma’am

for 42 Words

share your world

In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?

A really good magician. Magical.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?

Sulfur gases near the fumaroles of Hakone volcano, Japan.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?

Compliments from campmates for the latrine I dug, the sides of which crumbled, toppling several fellows into the ditch.

What incredibly common thing have you never done?

Drink tea.

for Share Your World

astral bodies

saturn and jupiter have been hanging out together in the night sky recently. last night the moon, full, passed under them.

when i look at them – the two planets – i think of galileo, who spent so many hours tracking the moons of jupiter. he couldn’t make out the rings of saturn, which appeared in his telescope as bright spots on either side of the planet, spots which had disappeared the next time he checked, but his discovery of moons circling a planet other than earth was monumental.

it makes me smile to gaze up at worlds so far away, and yet so bright in the sky.

for The Weekly Smile


resources dwindle
consequences ripple through
i just make it worse

for Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge


brief scream in the night
rabbit fur at dawn; so much
for idyllic dreams

for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge

the virus

who won the week? i’ve got to give it to the virus this week. all those new cases! the tireless epic spread!

sure, there have been some careless crowds helping it along, but mostly the spread is the work of relentless virus-hopping from person to person, here and there. hard work adds up!

for Fandango’s Who Won the Week?