poetry, Short Fiction, short story

Elation

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Chalia’s arms itched relentlessly, as she stood in the long, slow moving line, at least six feet apart from the man in front of her, watching his sweat drenched shirt grow wetter and wetter, Chalia sighed, wondering if her own sweat glands were causing a stench for others in the line.

Reaching back to scratch her upper back, Chalia gracefully turned her nose to check herself for any possible unwanted odor, all she could smell was roses and vanilla, the scent she applied after her cool morning shower, resting in assurance that she passed the test, she relaxed and crossed her arms, shifting her feet and waiting.

It won’t be much longer, she thought as she edged her way closer to the door, I will soon be in the arms of the one I love and we will be together forevermore, and with these thoughts a slight smile graced her face and her eyes moistened with tears of joy.

“What’s that you have in your hand?” Looking down, she wondered what the stranger behind her was referring to when, she realized that it was the mask she held onto for  a brief, cooling moment before putting it back on; “That’s supposed to stay on your face, missy,” chided the stranger.

Shifting her feet in the line and approaching the door, Chalia had a thought of saying something back to the stranger, when she realized that it may be best to leave well enough alone, before meeting her beloved at the hospital to take him home, nothing would get in the way of her elation.

Taking no chances

she walked carefully

following the rules

letting her have time

to cherish the moments

for who knew how long

letting elation become

the most important part

of her life forevermore

…..

This is in response to the Living Poetry prompt and the Six Sentence Story prompt.

poetry, Poetry Forms, TTOT

Ten Things of Thankful – June 26 2020

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Good Morning! Welcome to TTOT! Let’s hop to it!

  1. Happy Summer! WooWee! It’s warm enough that gardens should be very happy, especially after the wet spell. So YAY!
  2. Father’s Day was specially nice and we celebrated with a surprise lunch and a nice day of relaxing.
  3. It has been a busy week of getting back into the groove of writing and editing. I am grateful. I went a whole week without writing a poem and my muse rewarded me with lots of inspiration on Monday.
  4. Writing sprints! It’s a thing. I used to do them with two other women and they were super productive. I found a couple of them on Meetup and got a lot accomplished. It is a great way to plug in to work on projects of my own and I was rewarded with good roughs of work. So, how it works is that you sign up, of course, then you chat for about 10 minutes and talk about goals and stuff. Then the moderator sets a timer for 25 minutes. Then you break for 5 minutes. And then you go back to writing. You cycle this for as long as pre-set. The end is a catch up to see how it went and chatting for a few minutes. It was about 3 hours we did and that was perfect. It is virtual.
  5. Pretty little things. I did a random stop at a nearby fabric shop. I found some cute fabric for masks. And they had the good kind of elastic. So, I have it cut and ready to sew.

6. Poet’s Connection is Saturday. I am grateful for a nice turnout to come and in the past. We are going to talk about Sonnets!

7. Daughter did well with her colonoscopy. No issues and good for 5 years. So Super Grats!!

8. The birds have made a nest on our outside shelves, inside a bag containing our Christmas star. It’s a big star and we put it in a large garbage bag. There was an opening and the birds decided to make a nest. So, we need to leave them be. Before long, they will leave and the nest will be abandoned. I think it’s super resourceful of nature to use what is available. It’s like a birdie condo. Listening to the chirping is sweet music to my ears. They are small, and I think they are wrens. They move so quickly, I cannot get a good enough view.

9. The pool is supposed to open soon. Honestly, though, if it does not because of the virus, I am okay with it. I would rather be healthy. And we still go walking so that’s a.o.k.

10. This is the place where you can add to the thankfuls. Won’t you be my neighbor?

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non-fiction, poetry

Little Fellow

Little fellow found comfort with his thumb, if you tried to stop him, he would go “unh, unh, unh.”

Then one day we tried the sipping cup, he gave up his thumb, he was growing up.

He learned to walk when we would hold his hands; Daddy made him a board so he could stand.

Wherever he was he’d be by our side; And oh, how he loved to in his wagon ride.

Sipping water as we climbed the sky, ears a popping but he did not cry.

Little fellow always for the ride, no matter what he would rather laugh than cry.

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Ten Things of Thankful – May 29 2020

It’s that time again for Ten Things of Thankful! Hard to believe it’s already the end of May, but with ends come beginnings. Let’s see what’s happened and what’s to come!

  1. This ends the month of many activities, mostly indoors, but good activities. I have had opportunities to participate in old skill projects as well as develop newer skills. All in all, it’s been a great month for getting things done. I am most thankful for learning and growing. We are never too old to learn new things.
  2. I participated, by now, in three poetry critique groups and these have been helpful in my becoming a better poet. Since the meetings, I have polished my work and hope to eventually submit these for other eyes in the publishing sector.
  3. Last night, I was in the audience for poetry readings for the Heron Clan poetry publication. While I submitted, but my work was not accepted, it was nice to hear from others who did get published, many of whom were published thrice. It is always great to be among my people in the poetry world.
  4. Poet’s Connection is going well and I look forward to each meeting. We are doing the virtual meetings monthly and whenever we get back to face to face I would still like to do the virtual meetings. It provides opportunities for folks who are a greater distance to join.
  5. Poetry editing is going well and I am in the midst of helping with a big project.
  6. Daughter has gotten me hooked into helping her with card making. Such a chore, I say tongue in cheek. Seriously, it is fun to help her. I am more the consultant for selecting colors and layout. She provides the parts, stamped and colored pictures.
  7. Grateful for food as it can be a challenge to shop. Meat limitations as they are I am grateful I know how to make meatless meals.
  8. Raleigh NC Bloggers help keep me spirited, providing support to on another. YAY for support.
  9. Thank you Word Press for making me need two cups of coffee to figure out the new editor. I am sure it will be better, so really, I may as well be grateful. Now, I must be less lazy, so that’s a good grat, right?
  10. YOU! Come to the campfire and share you gratitudes!

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