Monthly Archives: July 2018

Not Share Your World

Cee Neuner, from Cee’s Photography, and host of her widely popular Share Your World weekly prompt, is on vacation for a few weeks. So Melanie, from Sparks From a Combustible Mind, decided that she would step up to the plate and post an “unofficial” Share Your World prompt this week.

Have you ever been in a food fight?

Yes.  My friend Rita and I once spent hours making and decorating a birthday cake.  We even bought sugar roses from Mrs. Swanson, who really was a cake decorator. After we finished it, we tasted it and it was terrible.  If I can find the photos, I’ll show you the result.  Food fight!!!! (Unfortunately, although I found this photo of the cake we made, I couldn’t find the one of Rita’s face after the food fight!


How do you deliver bad news?

Usually by phone as I’m usually living far from most loved ones.

What (if anything) do you think is beyond the stars?

A huge kid staring into a globe in which he has created the universe as a science experiment.

What unsophisticated activity do you like to do?

Fly kites, although I haven’t done so in years, Watch teenage movies. (Don’t tell.)

Is there a scary scene from a movie (or book) you viewed as a child that still haunts you?

When I watched the exorcist, I had to call my sister on the phone and keep her on the phone as we both watched from our own houses.  Later, I put the receiver on the pillow beside me and we stayed connected until I fell asleep.  I was in college!!!

Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’ was the theme from which film? 

Never saw the film, never heard the song.

I’m not sure where to post this.  Hope this works:

Poetry Press



The quadrille form has only one rule: that a poem be exactly 44 words long.  The other prompts for this poem are the words pulse, deadline, succinct and access.  Think I can do it in 44 words? Can you?

Poetry Press.

I fear this poetry deadline will make my pulse rate rise.
No time to access dictionaries or to dot my i’s.
And to top it off, I have to be succinct? Absurd!
For quadrilles say that I must stop here at my forty-fourth word. access quadrille (44 word poem)

Hand-Me-Down Advice

Hand-Me-Down Advice

May I speak with candor? It may be that those pants
looked fine on your mother, your grandma or your aunts;
but drawstrings are for knapsacks and snaps are to call waiters.
And it’s been 50 years or more since fashion sanctioned gaiters.
I know that they are comfortable but another thing
is that they’re lacking in panache. They haven’t any zing.
And just to finally seal the deal, dear, men just don’t make passes
at girls in baggy bloomers that exaggerate their asses.


The prompt words were comfortable and candor.

Venery (for #RDP)


Ivory bangles.
Her wrist rubbed vulnerable
against his horsehair sofa.
She is waiting
the moose head
on the wall,
the gyre-horned kudu,
altered eyes
implying gentle death.

Her snakeskin heel
stilettos wool carpet
woven roughly foreign
as she fingers
leather covered volumes
on the shelf
wherein he wrote
their sporting deaths.

She needs air.
She retrieves
her mink coat
careless flung
over the elephant leg
tobacco stand.
In the hall,
the bull’s ear
pinned to the bullring poster.

Minutes later,
He descends
to find her gone.
Near the bookcase,
her musk signs the air.
On her scent,
he chevies to the hall.
Fresh quarry.
He has flushed the British bird.

Clerihew, Two-on-Two

It may be I will live to rue
the day I wrote each clerihew.
They may invite derisive snorts,
yet here they are with all their warts!

Below is a reblog from three years ago. The Daily Addictions prompt word today was “rue.”

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Clerihew  Two-on-Two

The word is out that Geoffrey Chaucer
never bothered with a saucer,
for though he raised many a couplet,
he always held them fully uplet!

Some have charged Truman Capote
with writing that is too emotey.
but though he was no macho stud,
I know that he wrote in cold blood.

The prompt today was to write a clerihew. A clerihew has the following properties:

  • It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it mostly pokes fun at famous people
  • It has four lines of irregular length and metre (for comic effect)
  • The rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme, including the use of phrases in Latin, French and other non-English languages[2]
  • The first line contains, and may consist solely of, the subject’s name. According to a letter…

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Persistent Sprout: Sunday Trees, July 29, 2018


When I had the tree-trimmers trim back my hugely overgrown pistachio tree, they cut off a huge branch and tarred it over completely to inhibit further growth.  This little sprout stubbornly flouted convention and somehow managed to push through the tar.  I have to applaud its persistence and determination!

For Becca’s Sunday Trees

Honeysuckle: Flower of the Day, July 30, 2018


I’ve tried so many times to get a decent photo of a honeysuckle. Along with the lipstick plant, it has been impossible.  This one still isn’t ideal, but it is the best so far.  One of these days!

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Meet Jim Tipton, Poet and Keeper of Bees

A while ago, I published a tribute to my friend Jim Tipton, who had passed away here in Chapala, where he had resided for the past 15 years or so.  Jim was an incredible poet and his friends here are trying to insure that his last book of poetry, “The Alphabet of Longing” gets its due notoriety.  At $6.99 it is an incredible bargain. You will not regret acquainting yourself with the work of this lovely man whose work has been acclaimed by Isabel Allende.  Go here for more information and to order his book: .


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The Alphabet of Longing and Other Poems Paperback – May 26, 2018

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