Birthday, or: Surprise!

A Shadorma birthday start(!); dimmed lights enshroud all... astonish! overjoyed, tribe honors dear matriarch; merriments ensue! Twiglets #310 dimmed lights Tanka Tuesday This shadorma is written for today's #TankaTuesday prompt, which is to incorporate three of these randomly generated words in a syllabic form: I employed the following three words: 1) 'birthday', 2) 'astonish', 3)… Continue reading Birthday, or: Surprise!

Of four, or: Of before

A Triolet She served as doctor in the War Parents, young brother in Ukraine Close-knit, her family of four She served as doctor in the War No one survived from her Before Her soul was crippled by the pain She served as doctor in the War Parents, young brother in Ukraine d'Verse poetics: Grandmothers This… Continue reading Of four, or: Of before

REBLOG: ‘One Cup’ by Karima Hoisan

Poem: For My Family in Jordan Harsh lands bring soft embraces, Here we all drink from one cup. Before we put our share to our mouths, We make sure there is enough. Oven winds bake a glaze on my face, While dry eyes squint to the sky. Two leathered hands sift Martian sands, I can’t… Continue reading REBLOG: ‘One Cup’ by Karima Hoisan

A real experienced broad

The private eye nodded knowingly. "Yep, Mildred's a real experienced broad, pal. Real, real sharp. Always ahead of whatever's new in the game. Back when all the rest of the girls were getting into a tizzy about the advent of instant messaging services, she saw their potential clear as day… She's always understood the fundamentals…… Continue reading A real experienced broad

A snide remark

Her Yuletide celebration was nearly turning into more of a fiasco than Jill had feared; the acrimony between the Johnson and Cohen families weighed down over the room like a wet blanket. Still, she kept on smiling and chatting, determined to carry on, until she overheard a snide remark about her grandmother's silver Chanukah menorah.… Continue reading A snide remark

Turning 120

As some of my WP-friends have noted, my birthday was last week; I turned 43-years-old. 👴🏼 Anyway, I'm not much into celebrating my birthday, but I consider it important to do so for my daughter's sake; and we decided to go out for a late brunch on Friday to a local café that specializes in… Continue reading Turning 120

Like mother, or: Like son

An American sentence: Looking up from her work, she thrilled at her son reading her childhood books. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total.… Continue reading Like mother, or: Like son

Autumn skies, or: Familial warmth

A Cadralor In the form of 5 Kimos I. Mother visits the local party store; picks out some Styrofoam fruit, sparkling, tinsel garlands. II. Her teacher organizes art projects for the children to bring home their own decorations. III. Father has bought some twine and white zip ties from the local hardware store, needed for… Continue reading Autumn skies, or: Familial warmth