twin tornadoes

no two tornadoes are alike
not even twins
these two are spinning in opposite directions
big tornadoes can have child tornadoes around them
with grandchild tornadoes around them
all we know for certain it that for some reason, they all like trailer parks

Image: AP Photo/ Press
for Putting My Feet in the Dirt September Writing Prompts


a broken promise
shared in a broken whisper
followed by a broken heart

for The Twiglets


“The past blends perfect and imperfect, the future is tense.”

I was born in the past. Doesn’t get any better than that. You were born then too. Jury’s still out on that one.

I’ll die in the future. Tense.

Humans evolved in the past. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Other primates are not so happy about it; they should have evolved faster.

Humanity’s future? Don’t look now, but it’s not going to be 10% growth per year all the way down. I’m bearish on the future. So are the bears.

Having said that, note that there are 12 verb tenses in English:

  1. present simple
  2. past simple
  3. future simple
  4. present perfect
  5. past perfect
  6. future perfect
  7. present continuous
  8. past continuous
  9. future continuous
  10. present perfect continuous
  11. past perfect continuous
  12. future perfect continuous

Anything could have happened, is happening, or might happen.


for Fandango’s Provocative Question


the library seems most important to, in order:
– the homeless
– seniorer senoirs
– toddlers at storytime
– selected teens after school, including the tutored
– everybody else

the items that seem most important, in order:
– heat in the winter, coolness in the summer
– laptop, tablet, or smartphone that the patron brings in or finds there
– periodicals
– table and chairs for the tutors and tutored
– dvds
– books

for Ragtag Daily Prompt


cubs watching their mom
garner the knowledge to live
my kids watching me

for Your Daily Word Prompt

Your Restaurant Reviews…

…in 100 words!

Hello, again. Today we’re in Paris, to review the oldest restaurant in town!

No, not Le Precope, opened in 1686 in the present 6th arrondissement. Instead we visit Le Trou Dans Le Mur, opened in 1466! Enter through a hard-to-find hole in a wall in the neighboring 5th arrondissement on the city’s oldest street, Rue Saint Jacques. Take care; there is road construction going on.

Here you will find four tables, attended to by a Vietnamese family of eleven. I recommend the Cuisses de grenouilles, so fresh they must have just hopped out of the Siene… More in next 100 words.

for 100 Word Wednesday


Hi, all. Here’s a nice scene from some years ago. “Windmill and reeds.” A favorite of mine.

What with the icebergs melting, though, the reeds are gone now. Under water. I’m writing this sitting in a rowboat. The windmill is still there, with wet feet.

We’re planning out how to handle this situation but I’d need more than 150 words to explain it all. Suffice it to say, I like the idea of a trout farm. Or perhaps something called “seasteading” (you could look it up). Just because your farm is under water doesn’t mean you have to stop growing things!

for Crimson’s Creative Challenge