April 2019 Napowrimo Day 26

Write a poem that repeats. I cried on that long drive when I couldn’t forget him thought I was the only one broken from unrequited love but her voice came on the radio I cried on that long drive when she helped me forget him and I knew I wasn’t the only one I cried…

The Contract

The fragrance of freshly brewed coffee and pastries wafted in the air. The shop was packed, but he was easily identifiable by his red plaid scarf. I slid in the seat across from him, and though we’d never met, he smiled at me easily, as though we’d been friends our entire lives. His outward appearance…

Book Review: Summer of Firsts by Chen Yan Chang

First, let me say that this author is like the Queen of Critiques, and I must hail the queen. “All hail the queen!” Seriously though…she’s helped me critique two of my stories and offered such great insight. I’m just sorry that it took me so long to find time to do the same for her….

Reflection on Valentine’s Day

About 7 or 8 years ago, a friend and I were sitting in a coffee shop. My friend turned to me to say that she recognized a woman there. “She’s on a date!” my friend exclaimed. “Oh my God! I haven’t seen that girl in years. She’s probably like already THIRTY now! I hope that’s not me when I’m thirty,…

Letters to People: Dear Taylor

It’s almost the end of the year, and I feel like writing letters to people. Strangers, friends, people I may never meet. So I think I will start a series of letters and post them this month. People who know me know I’m a big Taylor Swift fan. I wrote a letter to her awhile…

We All Want To Be Loved

The need to be accepted. We all want it. Crave it. It’s apparent in the way we fill our social media pages with witty captions and filtered photos. How we run mile after mile, piling on weights at the gym to get that glamorous magazine cover body we covet. How we bake the perfect cupcakes,…

Napowrimo Day 14: Dialogue

Prompt today: write a poem containing dialogue between 2 people or 2 personified entities. beautifully deadly that’s what you are to me though I’ll never let you know so I keep pretending that I don’t care and never let my feelings show he loves me he loves me not a question I’ve asked for years…

Napowrimo Day 3: Fourteener

Today’s prompt is to write a fourteener, or a poem with fourteen syllables in each line. Here’s mine. “unrequited” disappointment had become part of her daily routine threw away her love twenty something fairytales ago staunched the bleeding just enough to keep her robot living that man—her lifesaving melody and her biggest foe unwritten letters…

“Little Mermaid”

I waited and sighed, biding your time Not willing to let it go Paced in a daydream suspended in Tears I tried not to show You never noticed, never cared Your smile callously cool I was moved to make you love me ‘Til I drowned in a fruitless pool Yet still I watched and waited…

Love Conflicts, Part II–Part of Your World, but Not

Isn’t it rather ironic that we all live in the same world, but we’re not really a part of each other’s worlds? We all have different backgrounds—race, religion, hobbies, values. My absolute favorite conflict in love stories: the classic “I can’t be with you because we’re from different worlds.” Think about it. It’s in so…

Love Conflicts, Part I

You don’t need a villain to create conflict. I read this today and thought, wow, interesting statement. It’s true in that good people can create conflict among themselves. But here’s my opinion. You don’t need a villain to create conflict, but sometimes that’s only because there isn’t a flesh and blood villain. Some villains don’t…

Almost Valentine’s Day, but Singleness Won’t Get Me Down This Year

Back in college, I learned for the first time that Valentine’s Day was AKA Singles’ Awareness Day. I’d never thought about it that way before then. I’d always been content in seeing Valentine’s Day as just another holiday, but not as important as other holidays. To me, it was a day to show some appreciation…