SOMEONE PINCH ME – I Think I’ve Woken Up On Mars

From my bed
waning moon
glides  
across a velvet black sky
a planet
shimmers nearby
far above 
the earth
and
my head

The Blue Marble
rotates.

Woke up
7:00 a.m.
to pumpkin spice darkness
odorless
it took only one dream and half a nightmare
to travel the
forty-three point seven five six million miles
to the red planet.
Do I still need a mask?

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A SUNDAY NOODLE

If this is BEAUTY-FUL


and this is Continue reading

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CHOOSE A BOOK-TURN TO CHAPTER EIGHT-BEGIN WITH LINE EIGHT

She just couldn’t figure out what that something was. Had it risen from the cooling embers when she turned and reached for her fleece?

Besides the chill that launched goosebumps up her back, spread them across her neck, and down her arms, a wave of fine hairs saluted the intruder from places she never thought were populated by even the finest follicles evolution had ever inspired.

Dark, swirling fingers curled around her waist. Looks like smoke, she thought.

 

It spiralled up, up, upward toward her chin. Smells like smoke.

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WHAT THE ICEBERG SAID

Bold. Blue. Megalithic. 

To think I might have begun as a whispered word on an ancient’s breath,
a droplet in the spray of a neolithic sneeze,
the spatter in a sputtered warning, “Run!”
a
single
snowflake
spit from a cloud,
delivered on an ocean breeze.

How many Continue reading

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TWO QUIRKS, A CONSIDERATION, AND A QUANDARY – a.k.a. Peculiar Pandemic Ponderings

THE QUIRKS:

  • My husband surprised me with blueberry pancakes for breakfast today, and for the first time ever, I noticed that I eat my pancakes in measured quadrants reminiscent of PHI, the law of divine proportion. 
    • Later, I nibbled on a slice of cheese – left to right, left to right – like a vintage typewriter devouring a sheet of paper in a rush to immortalize a burst of inspiration,
      without the carriage return’s ding, of course.

      A CONSIDERATION:

      If a woman has no children, she is childless. If a child has no parents, it is parentless. Why then is a bloodthirsty pirate said to be ruthless? Unless of course, he’s done away with his unfaithful wench and her name was Ruth.

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LEGO LOCKDOWN – THE STOWAWAYS

“Won’t you step into my spaceship,” said the spider to the fly. “Tis the speediest little spacecraft in which you’ll ever fly. It will take us to great heights, ones you’ve never reached before. Just soar up here to where I’m hanging, beside the cockpit door.”

“Oh, no thank you,” said the fly. “Though your invite sounds quite grand. I’m happy here upon the earth, buzzing o’er the land.”

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THIS Weekend! Visit the BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL From Home!


Attention Book Lovers!
#BayAreaBookFestival #Unbound is bringing authors and programs to the comfort and safety of your home starting May 1-3.

“Our aim is to bring you a meaningful slice of literary goodness: one we hope will be a powerful antidote to the chaos of this challenging time.”

Launching  HERE over the weekend of May 1-3 the Bay Area Book Festival will premier a series of riveting live and recorded virtual events on their YouTube channel, featuring a lineup of acclaimed authors. Topics range from voting rights, to health and wellness, to the role of art and literature in these trying times. And, of course, a robust slate of sessions for kids, teens, and families is also on the program.

Here’s a snippet of the stellar KidLit program. Cooool! Right? See you there! Cheers ❤

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MOTHER LOVE – An Earth Day Tale

It’s been seven years since this story was first posted (2013). Our planet’s population has increased circa 6.5 million. Have we taken measures to better care for our Mother and ultimately ourselves? Let’s see…

Sweating and belching, the young mother rolls into the Emergency Room at precisely one minute before midnight.

The attending physician’s eyebrows take on the appearance of his last patient’s electro-cardiogram a moment before her death.

“What is it this time?” he says.

“My temperature is rising,” she rasps.

“Sweat streams like rushing rivers down my face. My feet burn. I can hardly breathe and my mouth is as dry as the Grand Canyon in August.”

His eyebrows cinch. “Has the stabbing pain in your lungs worsened since last you were here?” Continue reading

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LEGO LOCKDOWN – An Old Wife’s Tale



The rumbling stopped. The ground ceased to quake. The blaze slowed and flickered out with a sputter. While the cloud of fumes from the Saturn V rocket cleared, two masked figures stood beneath the behemoth bickering.



“What do you mean, it’s over the top?” He normally would have stroked his chin and tugged on his greying beard at this point, but things being as they are these days, Continue reading

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TP TAILS – Laughter is the best medicine

 

Many of us have heard the one about the five loaves and two fishes, but what about the two rolls and one Joe Dog? Continue reading

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