A Sketch

I talked to you again
We said just a few words

A few lines
A quick stroke
A gesture

I made a joke
It fell flat
You laughed
At the joke
Or me?

A few lines
A quick stroke
A gesture

I feel I know you
Do you know me?
Time has been short
Just snatches of conversation

A few lines
A quick stroke
A gesture

Do we ever
Truly know anybody?
Can we ever paint that portrait
Or is it always a sketch?

A few lines
A quick stroke
A gesture


OK, I wanted to write something, so was looking through old images. This was just a real quick sketched I made when creating the self-portrait for my blog. I looked at it and said those repeated lines above. OK, so I need to make a poem using those lines… And that is one of the weird ways my mind works ;)


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It had been a long day and we were all hungry and tired.  The town looked peaceful enough.

“Left here,” Miriam said.

We slowed as we approached 347, the address in Miriam’s guidebook.

“There it is!”  I pointed. “Can you read the sign?”

“I hear the food in this town is awful,” Miriam said.  “Let’s move along.”

I could tell the kids were disappointed, but I kept my smile. “Sure.”

As they consolidated power, it became harder and harder for our kind to find a safe haven.

There was still hope for the next town. We got on the highway.


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo ©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

When All Else is Grey #tanka

A bright shirt for me
With a whiff of eccentric
Fearlessly forward
I may often try to blend
But there is no use hiding


This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week was a synonyms only week using the key words hint and bold. I chose a tanka. And, no, I am not “coming out” or anything like that, I’m just talking about some of my eccentricities. Yes, I wear a hat when I am outside. I have a hat collection. And occasionally i wear strange clothes, including, on a rare occasion, that red and black jacket.

Launch of D. Wallace Peach’s Liars and Thieves

Hi all! Today I have author D. Wallace Peach over for the book launch of her latest, Liars and Thieves, the first book of her new fantasy series: Unraveling the Veil. And what is this book about? Let’s take a look!


Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

A misfit elf plagued by failure—

Continue reading

The Weekly Smile for 9/7/2020 #weekly smile

I took a week off of work last week. Reason enough to smile, no? But I will talk about kayaking. OK, I hear the yawns – when don’t I talk about kayaking? I will do something a little different today.

Most of the time I get out in the boat, I head up the river. The river is tidal, so I mean farther inland. There are some built up areas going inland, but there are also more wild areas. For the most part there are far few people. There are some brackish water ponds and coves and such to explore and watch wildlife, like this osprey with a needlefish.

Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Round up 8/31 – 9/6/2020

Quite a few smiles came in, including several late ones. Two I am going to add to next week’s smile, but you can still find links on the original post if you are curious :) And, as a reminder, a lot of people leave a few words of what they smiled about on the original post, so worth the look :) Anyway, here are last week’s posts:

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Natalie the Explorer
Light Motifs II
Ruth Blogs Here
Gary A Wilson’s Stories on a Dime
Breathing Shallow Poetry
Colline’s Blog
Heart to Heart
Ruth Scribbles

Quite a few great smiles :) Go ahead and click one or two and see what they are about.

I will post This week’s smile in an hour or so. What made you smile?

If We Were Havign Coffee on the 5th of September, 2020

Coffee on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  Come on over and sit at the table!  It is a gorgeous day.  Yesterday was warm and very humid, so sticky.  Today is cooler and the humidity has gone down quite bit.  There is a nice breeze, but not too windy. Here, let me get you a nice large mug of a very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  Where are we?  Some may recognize that back yard photo as being on Cape Cod.

Some of you may remember that I was on “The Cape” last weekend as well.  Guess what?  I have been here every day in between.  Not just that, I had time off of work, so it was a kind of “staycation”.  It did rain Wednesday and Thursday, but overall a nice time down here. Continue reading

Serenity #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

It was one of those blue days.  The sky hung low, the clouds wafted off of the perfectly smooth ocean, half masking the ghost of a sun.

It fitted Matt’s mood perfectly. Yes, calm, almost serene, yet blue.

Why do people have to die? And young people who have done no wrong?  Why?

His eye cast down; he kicked a stone.

“What’s this?”

The glint mixed in with the pebbles on the beach seemed to more than reflect the outward light, it glowed on its own. Continue reading





called it a moment in time frozen in amber.

The historians diligently reconstructed the corner to give visitors a small taste of life 100 years ago.

Keith frowned.

But they had sucked all of the real life and flavor out.

Where was the noise?  Where were the variety of smells over that ever-present background stench?

And people, where were they?

A city street is not things, it is people.

Keith cried out in despair.


“…they say if you listen closely, that you can still hear the driver moan as he did when dying.  Now, the storefront over here was…”


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo ©CEAyr. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

The Weekly Smile for the 31st of August, 2020 #weeklysmile

Hi!  I hope you had a good week with plenty tyo smile about.  This week my smile is something completely new and different – time at Cape Cod.  Wait, I’ve done that before?.. ;)  Oh well, perhaps part 2 will be a little different.

Late last week and over the weekend I did a long kayak paddle, taking photos of osprey.  One had caught a needlefish that was almost 3 feet long (1 meter).  I took a long walk on a beautiful, deserted beach.  I took a long walk in the woods.  I swam in the ocean.  I did a lot of shorter walks.  I talked to neighbors.  It was good. Continue reading