Posts tagged ‘family’

May 9, 2017


by dokurtybitz

How long does it take

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April 25, 2017

A Short Story About Us After They’ve Gone

by A. Marie

She is a winged doe, plodding along the kitchen tile,
hither/thither clipping orchids, melting wax, reaching out
to catch the tray of flutes before it falls—
but it falls, makes such a racket, cacophony of clattering
she curses, spouts a string of psalms and esoteric verses,
kicks the chunks of shards and tires her feet,
shoves it in a corner and forgets about it until the night,
slings the cupboards open and demands I climb
to the tippy-most tower where her grandfather’s
old boozy glassware has waited five decades to be touched,

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April 16, 2017

Easter Memories

by scatterednotebooks

Poetry challenge: Easter poem.
We waited for the Easter Bunny
like we did for Santa Claus,
but he would bring the gift of spring
with his soft, little bunny paws.

We did the prep work hopefully
thinking nothing of the chore,
like colouring pretty Easter eggs
and decorations for the door.

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April 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Duke

by scatterednotebooks

Photo by Linda Rose

It’s been a full year, since you first joined our clan
and hid yourself there inside my bag.
You didn’t quite know what to make of us,
all coo-ey, and huggy, and making a fuss.
Our kitchen floor had you splayed on all fours
’til we brought you upstairs to the carpeted floor.

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April 6, 2017

At Your Side

by scatterednotebooks
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The whistle screams the hour for you to go.
There’s one last word to whisper, here, to you.
Your tears well up in eyes so sad and low.
My leaden heart stops, short, my every move.
I breathe a shiv’ry breath and take your hand,

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April 1, 2017

The Adventures of Purple Turtle: Part II

by scatterednotebooks


With great anticipation
her family came to town,
and everyone watched anxiously
for a look at their new home.

It was yellow, with big, black shutters
and a yard for them to run.
They could actually see the ocean;
oh, this was going to be fun.

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March 15, 2017


by The Cheesesellers Wife


Long legged boys
Filling my sofa
Controllers in hand
Deep laughs mingle with shrill cries
As Black Ops rolls

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February 15, 2017

Brighton for Brunch

by Jem Croucher


To Brighton for brunch on a Sunday
egg muffins and hot cups of tea
Meeting some Crouchers who now live close by
Holly, Grace, Sally and Lee

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February 5, 2017

~ Death Holds No Victory Here…

by ladyliterati

~ Death Has No Victory

We are all a composite

Of that which came before

The good, the bad,

Sadness, happiness, galore
The efforts of our ancestors

Still cling within our bones

Tis why we have no answers

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February 5, 2017

~ Haiku

by ladyliterati

~ Haiku
Family tree stands tall

Some branches no longer exist

Shoots of new ones, little ones

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December 24, 2016


by tinethewordsmith

Image result for blacksmithing


she’s an anvil

with every

pound of

his hammer a

strength is added

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December 20, 2016


by The Cheesesellers Wife


Moments set in the aspic of a photo
Smiles captured in chemical emulsions
Or the many pixels of light sensitive electronics
Laughter lost in time and space

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December 17, 2016

~ Giant of A Man

by ladyliterati

A dream took me to childhood places

Love and laughter, forgotten faces
But the memory of Daddy standing tall

While leaning against the kitchen wall

Woke me with great surprise

Tears of mourning, laughter filled my eyes
Recalling his polished black Oxford shoes

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December 10, 2016


by Jem Croucher


Born in the fifties, baby boom years
A child of the sixties, scuffed knees and tears

A teen in the seventies, met Sal, fell in love
and at the end of the decade, wed the above

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December 6, 2016

Pictures II

by Jem Croucher


Do you have a picture
one close to your heart
Capturing a moment
from which you cannot part?
Perhaps it looks like mine
though I have many, truth be told
Ones I will keep with me
Until I’m very old

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October 29, 2016

Harry Potter

by Jem Croucher


Last night we all met Harry
or at least where he was made
after J K Rowling’s books into
the movies were relayed
Up to Leavesden we all drove
north of Watford town
where the Warner Brothers studio
holds the Harry Potter crown

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October 19, 2016

Three Alpacas

by Jem Croucher


We had a walk in the forest
and the woods round about
The weather was warm
and the sunshine was out
Then full of high spirits
it was back for some brunch
as it was too late for breakfast
and too early for lunch

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October 17, 2016


by Jem Croucher


With the temperature feeling more like
early summer in the sun
We went geocaching in the forest
All seven having fun
Following co-ordinates
we found clues along the way
whilst pausing for some photographs
on this fine October day

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October 16, 2016


by dokurtybitz

Fifty third anniversary
Of my first suicide attempt,
Cord around my neck
Locked in the breech,

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October 14, 2016

Roadtrip II

by Jem Croucher


We’re off to the New Forest
for a long weekend of fun
Seven of us together
in the cool October sun
We’ve hired a big log cabin
In the woods at Sandy Balls
packing lots of warmer clothes
in case the winter calls

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October 12, 2016


by The Showers of Blessing


A whale made with clay,

Original, free-handed.

Blowhole, eyes, mouth,

Nightlight shines through.

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October 7, 2016


by A. Marie

Mother rings inside my ears:
She scratches the big empty as a cat would bat
The dangles of curtains and wobbling kitchenry.

She blares as a hot prod,
Thunders as mustangs across Chincoteague;
Mother is a peeling, daggering wind
Over the ancient, far Ionian Sea.

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October 1, 2016


by John S

Knocking about the blue Mylanta bottles
we built forts and cities
in the shadow of a giant.

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September 13, 2016


by Jem Croucher

We took a week long holiday
and whilst we were away
Our lovely children trashed our house
‘Disgraceful’ you might say
But you’ve not heard the half of it
for what they planned to do
was a complete and total makeover
to create a home brand new

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May 9, 2016


by dokurtybitz

The lies we tell ourselves
And each other
To hide the abuser,
Twist in my gut.

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March 23, 2016

Big Hawk and Little Bird

by russtowne

Big Hawk and Little Bird

I stopped to watch a majestic hawk circle a tree

Which stood fifty feet in front of me

Then something tiny caught my eye

A flash of feathers streaked through the sky.

His wings beat so fast they blurred

As he flew into the larger bird

That was at least four times the size

Of that frantic little guy.

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March 1, 2016

The Lighted Tree

by 50djohnson


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For as long as I can remember, the tree stood proudly while they dined.

With a place of honor, so she could see it shine.

With twinkle lights all year round, giving a warm glow

To the family room where everyone sat telling stories of long ago.

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February 22, 2016


by Jem Croucher


We have a favourite restaurant
we go to from time to time
It serves the most amazing food
and a lovely glass of wine

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