Choking down, or: Tingles

A Tanka appreciation an awkward horse pill, whereas dissatisfaction a warm bodily tingle that numbs my self-awareness #TankaTuesday For Tanka Tuesday, Colleen encourages us to write a tanka. Tanka? Syllabic: most commonly 5-7-5-7-7 (in variation the lines are best kept with odd numbered syllables); Usually five lines; Defined by content and style more than the… Continue reading Choking down, or: Tingles

Montezuma’s revenge, or: The Aztec two-step

A limerick Costive, Sue plucked some special blue 'shrooms; And though cringing at the caustic fumes- She popped one in her mouth... But this swiftly went south, For, for hours, she's been in her bathroom! Photo credit:Greg Nunes (Unsplash) What do you see prompt? (#WDYS) This limerick is my response to Sadje's WDYS prompt this… Continue reading Montezuma’s revenge, or: The Aztec two-step

The calm, or: The storm

A sijo I am not more motivated, nor am I happier; The anxiety medication is clearly working well; I can soberly observe my flaws better than ever before Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near… Continue reading The calm, or: The storm

Psyche, or: Pasithea

A haibun Anti-anxiety medication, at its best, reduces one's stress levels. Every so often, the heart palpitates, but less pronouncedly than it used to - and for shorter spans of time. Whereas the patient once tended to come across as intense -even desperate- during job interviews, he's 'cool as a cucumber', even on the spot.… Continue reading Psyche, or: Pasithea

Opening up about my aunt’s cancer

We live with her living with it This post may be short because this is not easy for me to write about. The subject is one that I usually only mention in passing comments: my dear aunt is a stage 4 breast cancer survivor. In much the same way that thoughts of Papa are always… Continue reading Opening up about my aunt’s cancer