Poem: Free Verse – “Soulful and Sweet” #amwriting #poetry #GoDoGoCafe


One of my poems from The Go Dog Go Cafe “Soulful and Sweet”

Go Dog Go Café

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Soulful and sweet —

That’s what his eyes were like.

Shaded-black running shoes,

And faded jeans that fit snug;

He’s put together,

White shirt sleeves pushed up muscled forearms.

Eyes soulful and sweet; he caught mine.

I caught his; the train’s sway forgotten.

And conversation ambled,

As we sat in worn delusion.

He’s tired, warring with the need,

To let loose tonight.

He’s determined — has goals.

He’s been hurt; his eyes hollow-azure.

Soulful and sweet; the seducer beneath.

And I scramble for a card,

Afraid to ask for digits.

To imprint them in his phone.

But the opportunities gone,

And the pit of my stomach —

Aches and whirls.

Memories vague swirl —

The curve of his strong nose,

Cheeks shaven with stubble.

Blonde hair that curled up top.

Such a regret —

A waste of a gift.

For he’s soulful and sweet,

And…

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Beauty: Ipsy Glam Bag May 2018 #Ipsy #Ipsybag #amwriting #beauty


This month’s Ipsy bag arrived this past week. If you’re interested you can visit their homesite at Ipsy. Here’s the goodies I received:



Travel Themed Makeup Pouch!



Beaute Basics Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe:


‘Rich pigment, long-lasting, super-blendable,’ all in a ‘buttery satin’ finish. This goes on well and stays on. It’s the perfect brown shade for Smokey-eyes at night, or everyday.



Briogeo Roscarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray:


I love this brand and their hair products. This one’s a great size to take with me to Vegas for a week, as well.

– This spray has ‘hydrating and frizz-fighting benefits’ with a mix of argan, coconut, and rosehip oils.’

– It’s ‘cool milky formula’ isn’t a cream so it’s a light spray that won’t ‘weigh down your hair.’ It’s also a hair ‘detangler’ with a light and fresh ‘tropical fancy-spring cocktail’ scent.



Touch In Sol: Style Sepia Gel-Liner in Jardin:


This Is a great liner for tightlinng and the colors a blackish-brown so it’s Smokey-Eye appropriate.

– This liner also has a ‘subtle green shimmer’ and is indeed, ‘long-lasting’ and mostly ‘smudge-proof.’



Taste Cosmetics Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:


I was so excited to try this for setting my makeup at the end of my routine; I was impressed.

– This setting powder is awesome for any skin type and is made with ‘Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River.’ It controls your skin’s ‘oil production,’ ‘brightens dark spots,’ and ‘balances your moisture levels.’

– The powder also works to ‘mattify makeup, minimize pore appearance, blur skin imperfections, and reduce shine.’ As you can see, the powder is translucent and useful for a variety of purposes. The powder is fine and ‘spreads easily;’ it won’t cause ‘flashbacks’ in photos.



OFRA Cosmetics: Liquid Lipstick in Ipsy Unzipped:


A matte purplish shade that won’t ‘dry out your lips.’ It has ‘Vitamin E to keep lips ‘hydrated, comfy, and soft.’ Not my favorite shade — too dark, but a color that would suit my skin tone, nonetheless.

– This Lipstick is ‘lightweight, long-lasting, and stays put’ for a long time. The shade is a ‘nude-berry shade’ and I passed it on to another lady who likes the shade better. Overall, an awesomeMay Ipsy Bag!


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Three Line Tales: Fiction – When It All Falls Apart #amwriting #fiction #3LineTales


Thanks to Sonya of Only 100 Words for hosting #3LineTales.


Credit: Julian Lozano via Unsplash


“Do you need to hear confirmation from me — what is it you wan’t me to tell you?” Clair refused to meet Theo’s eyes, and slapped at his hands grasping for her arms; once his gaze held promise — not ice-cold loathing.

She lifted her shoulders as her mouth flattened, and her chin raised in defiance: “Leave, Sharon’s waiting; and yes — I know.”


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Sunday Photo Fiction: A Place to Fall #amwriting #fiction #SPFo


Thanks to Susan Spaulding for hosting SPF.


Credit: Susan Spaulding


The catacomb walls were thick and confining. Iris let out a lungful of pent up breath as sunlight filtered through a doorway. The tunnels with so many bones of the same type stacked on other bones, frightened her.

She wondered why in such an ancient country, human remains were not given the respect of a grave for more than a year or two — or at least cremation.

Iris wheezed as Don, rubbed her back. “You having an attack?”

“No.”

He rolled his eyes. “You say that every time we visit tight spaces. You’re claustrophobic.”

“I’m fine. Don’t worry.” Iris was close to the exit, but the air she breathed was too stale; there wasn’t enough fresh air in the Catacombs. Her body collapsed and she couldn’t control the darkness that overcame her.

Then, Don was lifting her. Her eyes opened as he carried her into blinding daylight. A tiny ‘V’ furrowed between his gray ones.

He stroked her hair. “I got you.”

“Always?” Her voice was faint.

“Always. I know you better than you think.”

She inhaled cool air and let Don cradle her weight.


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Photo Challenge/Poet’s Pub: Poem – Quadrille – “Un-Muddle” #amwriting #poetry #dVerse #photochallenge


Thanks to NEKNEERAJ from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie for hosting the Photo Challenge. I’m combining with Whimsy Ghizmo’s #dVerse Poet’s Pub Quadrille challenge on the word muddle — to confuse.


Credit: Flora Borsi


“Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence


How you stare,

Inside my soul.

Nothingness overtakes,

My core.

Where’s my soul?

My will to heal?

My ill —

Pours out, revealed.

Lead me back,

No more self-scorn,

Self-inflicted demons;

Breathe your soul,

Into mine.

Relieve confusion;

Bring me to life.

Let me not —

Deteriorate.

Let my life,

Not be undone;

Radiate warmth,

Un-muddle me.


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Sunday Pause (Paws): Happily Ever After


Some beautiful Inspiring Poetry from LeAnne this morning!

Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and find our “Happily Ever After.”

jasmine-watching-tv-once-upon-a-time-inkoutlines-aafbtI was watching the tv show “Once Upon A Time” a few days ago. It was the finale of the show and it ended by all of the storybook characters getting their happily ever after.

There was one scene of a character who died being reunited with his life long love and even though he died, this was still his happily ever after. This scene made me cry. There were a lot of things going through my mind; my sister’s death (which happened unexpectedly last year), the recent school shootings,

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Tale Weavers/Saturday Mix: Poem – Free Verse – “Snuffed Out” #amwriting #poetry #TaleWeavers #SaturdayMix


Thanks to Michael of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting TaleWeavers and a prompt/theme where light is the focus. Also, combining with Sarah from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie May 12, 2018 Double Take Saturday Mix Prompt on the homophone words: cedar – an evergreen tree with seeder – one who broadcasts seeds, and days – more than one day with daze – to bewilder.


Credit: Samantha Lynch via Unsplash


I’ll never trace the curve of your lips,

Where it dips, and lick my thumb;

Your nip, a playful bite.

Your brows wiggle; eyes sapphire.

While we slide past maybes,

Sleek condos and greenery;

Cedar trees that sway,

A seed in my heart nourished.

Sharp grass intoxicating —

You claiming my mouth;

Sweeping of lips,

Slow and exquisite.

Sweat makes us stick.

I ache as I’ve never.

Your hand rests ‘neath my throat,

My pulse rapid and wild.

You’ve etched my heart,

I’ll never forget.

The wind rustling, and the flapping of wings,

Our breath in syncopation.

Fighting for air against —

Little deaths.

In a moment, a few minutes,

On a train—

Where we two met.

Potential flared; I turned —

Flustered.

The pain in my chest,

Will it lessen?

Dazed as the days drift,

I didn’t know your name.

Know the flame you kindled,

Would burn me.

My hearts lit with your light,

But the mischief in me,

Craves you both in deepest night,

And the blinding day;

Beneath the Mexican sun,

On tequila beaches.

Daylight to overwhelm,

The throb of pain,

Of possibility snuffed out.


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Threeline Tales/ Music Challenge: Poem – Tankas – “The Oddity Stilled”#amwriting #poetry #musicchallenge #3LineTales


Thanks to Sonya of Only 100 Words for hosting #3LineTales. Combining with MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge song, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie.


Credit: NASA via Unsplash


Ground Control isn’t —

Earth a brilliant blue?

Aloft in tin can,

I lived, but for what?

Stars flare, blind in space.

*****

Ground Control, it’s Tom,

Capsules shut, I guess I’m stuck.

Yes, the circuits dead,

The Moon’s nearer too;

Our atmosphere fades; I’m scared.

*****

Ground Control, my wife?

You convinced us astronauts could,

Defy space’s void.

But, there’s nothing to —

Do — weightless, adrift; I’m still.


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Three Line Tales: Fiction – Alice the Ballerina #amwriting #fiction #3LineTales


Thanks to Sonya of Only 100 Words for hosting #3LineTales.


Credit: Kyle Head via Unsplash


Alone as daylight touches the morning sky, Alice escapes to her Wonderland — a private dance studio in the darkness; a dank car-pass off a dust-filled road where cars no longer drive. Now, it’s the place that stains her silken shoes with grime, and its musty interior makes her pulse skip and flutter. Alice’s limbs are fluid and precise as her body contorts, and her timing and rhythm are in-sync as the white-rabbit claps his paws; Alice bows.


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Three Line Tales: Poem – Lunes – “Prismatic Towers” #amwriting #poetry #3LineTales


Thanks to Sonya of Only 100 Words for hosting #3LineTales.


Credit: Oneisha Lee via Unsplash


Totems prismatic,

Illusory hues —

Distract.

*****

Color wheel implodes,

Crayola brights glow;

Impose —

*****

Heights that tower bold.

Candy-Rocks direct —

All paths.


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