Category Archives: humanity

Room to Think

“Welcome to my house!” The little boy pulls aside a low hanging branch and gestures into the shadow of an old growth cedar tree. “What a lovely home!” I look around the imaginary room: the evergreen walls, the mossy drapes, … Continue reading

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Day Six: Ekphrasis

Day Six of NaPoWriMo.* Today’s prompt asks us to “write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.” I used a different painting, Franz Marc’s … Continue reading

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New Reality

Day Three of NaPoWriMo.* My offering: New Reality I despise the vile duplicity, the partisan stupidity, the rank and file idiocy that purports to be our polity. I’m aching for tranquility, serenity, simplicity, stability, integrity, sincerity, morality. I’ll cease my … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

Day Two of NaPoWriMo.* Today’s prompt: “write a poem about a specific place —  a particular house or store or school or office. Try to incorporate concrete details…” My submission: Happy Hour Almost six p.m. Happy hour. Parking lot is … Continue reading

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Dodge Ball

It’s Day One of NaPoWriMo!* Today’s prompt: “write a self-portrait poem in which you make a specific action a metaphor for your life – one that typically isn’t done all that often, or only in specific circumstances. My offering: Dodge Ball … Continue reading

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Please Fasten Your Seat Belts

Today it is cold, wet and windy outside. From my living room, I watch jets coming in low as they approach PDX three miles to the south of my home. Usually they are high up and flying due south when … Continue reading

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Kept Woman

I was a kept woman: kept from wanting, kept from having; kept at home, kept at arm’s length; kept alive, kept from living. I kept my head down, kept my opinions to myself. I couldn’t keep up. I gave up. … Continue reading

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Fifth Annual Festival Fail

I was set; had the flyer marked, which events and where, all within walking distance once parked. I’d set my alarm, then canceled one minute early, overwhelmed by baseless fears I thought I’d set aside. Setting my sights on next … Continue reading

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Are You Registered to Vote?

Today is National Voter Registration Day in the US. Are you registered? To check your voter registration, go to https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote . There you can “learn if you’re eligible to vote, how to register, check, or change your information,” and find … Continue reading

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Ink Bats

He is old, balding and bespectacled. A Freudian slip of a man in a sweater vest sitting across from me. “I’m going to show you some white cards with black ink blots,” he says, “and I want you to tell … Continue reading

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