we’re being tested
by indifferent forces
for us it’s life or death

for The Daily Spur


leaves complicated markers
nature can erase

for Ragtag Daily Prompt


human odyssey
increasingly dangerous
with no end in sight

for Word of the Day Challenge


wild grapes grow in tangles
on the fringes of the wood
facing cultivated fields
of vines in ranks
their vintage product

for Weekend Writing Prompt

our world today

let’s review:
the word for our world today
no way to slow down
no way to get off

for Your Daily Word


my nature daydream

frolicsome white seabirds not

covered in black oil


For Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge

our apples

Photo by Annie Spratt

one bad apple spoils the whole barrel

so let’s get rid of the barrel

make all not some classrooms  clean and well-lit

pay our teachers

at a level commensurate with their importance

the importance of teachers always being high

support them in their on-going training

lay in and replenish teaching materials


rotten apples cannot be made fresh

but bad children

whatever bad means exactly

can be helped

supported, guided


doctors heal

we appreciate and reward them

teachers heal too


For 100 Week Wednsday

44 words: not a fire drill

great balls of fire

the fat’s hitting the fire


now catch fire

breathe fire

you ball of fire

show me the fire

in your eyes

in your belly

down below

it’s your baptism of fire


fire your weapon

before i fire you


For dVerse


thunderstorm arrives
wind rises; chance lightning bolt
strips slim tree of bark


For Ronovan Writes


glacier withdraws at
glacial pace then suddenly
green grass blades appear


For The Daily Post