Tuesday, October 26, 2021

RETURN OF THE RUNAWAY... T3M's BIRD CAGE CHALLENGE...


 “Whether you’re beaten or pampered, 
fed the best foods or starved, 
kept in filth or kept clean, 
a cage is still a cage.” 
~
 Anne Bishop

Saturday, October 23, 2021

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT... SPA's SKELETONS CHALLENGE...


 We get it almost every night 
When that moon is big and bright 
It's a supernatural delight 
Everybody's dancing in the moonlight 
  Everybody's feeling warm and bright 
It's such a fine and natural sight 
Everybody's dancing in the moonlight
~
Toploader

FARMER's DAUGHTER... DIGITAL WHISPER's FARM GIRL CHALLENGE...


 You got your ponytail pulled through your Carhartt cap 
Mud on your boots, nothing wrong with that 
Friday night jeans on and your plaid shirt 
  You ain't afraid of a little dirt 
A coyote howl or a cricket chirp 
You're everything this old farm boy's ever dreamed of 
And I love you little farm girl 
My little farm girl
~
High Valley

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

COUNTING CROWS... DIGITALMANIA JIM WARREN CHALLENGE...


 Felt the wind's direction beginning to change 
Clouds so softly full of rain 
The summer fell and the winter sprang 
Now it's all a feeling I can't get back again 
 Throw your arms around my neck 
I won't be soon to forget 
Throw your arms around my neck 
I won't be soon to forget
~
Counting Crows

LIKE A BALL AND CHAIN... DIGITALMANIA JIM WARREN CHALLENGE...


 Love's got a hold on me, baby, 
Feels just like a ball and chain. 
Now, love's just draggin' me down, baby, 
yeah, Feels like a ball and chain. 
I hope there's someone out there who could tell me 
Why the man I love wanna leave me in so much pain.
Feels just like a ball and chain. 
~
Janis Joplin

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

THAT CREEPY FEELING... T3M's SOMETHING SPOOKY CHALLENGE...


 “It was crazy. 
It was the kind of story you told years later 
while your listeners rolled their eyes, 
because they had no idea how the terror felt 
on the back of your neck.” 
~
Simone St. James

Saturday, October 16, 2021

RAVENS NEVERMORE... SPA's RAVENS & BLACK BIRDS CHALLENGE...


 Once upon a midnight dreary 
While I pondered weak and weary 
Over a poem the world has loved forevermore. 
Suddenly there came a squawking 
A dark and scary flocking 
Of Ravens through my chamber door. 
Only this and nothing more. 
 
It was in a bleak October 
And I swear that I was sober 
While I watched said Ravens dancing 
Dancing about my chamber floor 
Then the birds said “Nevermore.” 
 
All at once my teeth were gnashing 
Glass was breaking, things were crashing 
Crashing on my chamber floor 
 ’Tis the wind and nothing more!” 

 Presently my soul grew stronger 
I couldn’t take this any longer 
I sought the cause of my plight 
And though it took most all the night 
I found the answer I was hope’n 
Lenore had left the windows open. 
 Merely this and nothing more. 
 ~ 
 DSW 21

NOTHINGS WORSE THAN A WET WITCH... DIGITAL WHISPER's RAIN CHALLENGE...


 Raindrops keep falling on my head 
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turning red 
Crying's not for me 
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining 
Because I'm free 
Nothing's worrying me … 
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me
~
BJ Thomas

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN... T3M's LIGHTNING CHALLENGE...


In dark of night 
the light of the moon 
 pounding of hooves 
arriving soon 
 rider in black 
phantom of fear 
headless and heartless 
ever so near 
nowhere to run 
 hurry and hide 
the headless horseman 
is on his ride 
lightning flashes
he takes his toll
thunder crashes 
heads will roll.
~
DSW 21

Saturday, October 9, 2021

GHOST OF ST. GILES... SPA's GHOSTS CHALLENGE...


 “One need not be a chamber to be haunted, 
One need not be a house; 
The brain has corridors surpassing 
Material place. 
 Far safer, of a midnight meeting 
External ghost, 
Than an interior confronting 
That whiter host. 
 Far safer through an Abbey gallop, 
The stones a chase, 
Than, moonless, one's own self encounter 
In lonesome place. 
 ~
Emily Dickinson

LOVING AUTUMN... DIGITAL WHISPERS FALLING LEAVES CHALLENGE...


 I raked the leaves on our front lawn; 
It took all afternoon. 
I started at ’round half past one and said, 
“I’ll be done soon.” 
 But once I saw how more leaves fell 
Each time I made a pile, 
I quickly saw this outdoor chore 
Was going to take a while. 
 And so I did what my dad said 
A winner does to win: 
I studied that great pile of leaves, 
And then I jumped right in. 
 ~ 
Barbara Vance

Thursday, October 7, 2021

CASTLE ON A CLOUD...


 There is a castle on a cloud 
I like to go there in my sleep 
Aren't any floors for me to sweep 
Not in my castle on a cloud 
 I know a place where no ones lost 
I know a place where no one cries 
Crying at all is not allowed 
Not in my castle on a cloud
~

Les Miserables

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

TO FLY... T3M's TEXT CHALLENGE...


 “To hear never-heard sounds, 
 To see never-seen colors and shapes, 
 To try to understand the imperceptible 
 Power pervading the world; 
 To fly and find pure ethereal substances 
 That are not of matter 
 But of that invisible soul pervading reality. 
 To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul; 
 To be a lantern in the darkness 
 Or an umbrella in a stormy day; 
 To feel much more than know. 
 To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain; 
 To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon; 
 To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves; 
 To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets 
 Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching. 
 To be a smile on the face of a woman 
 And shine in her memory 
 As a moment saved without planning.” 
~
 Dejan Stojanovic



Saturday, October 2, 2021

PERFECT PUMPKIN FOR EVERYONE... SPA's PUMPKIN CHALLENGE...


 There must be a pumpkin for everyone 
I know for I’ve seen quite a few 
There are tall ones and dumpy ones 
Stripped ones and bumpy ones 
Giant ones and tiny ones 
White, green and shiny ones 
And here’s one that looks 
just like you. 
DSW 21

HARVST BY MOONLIGHT... DIGITAL WHISPER's HARVEST MOON CHALLENGE...


Oh, shine on, shine on harvest moon up in the sky. 
 I ain't had no lovin' since 
January, February, June or July 
 Snow time 
ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon, 
 So shine on, shine on harvest moon 
 for me and my gal !
~
Kate Smith

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

GOTHIC MAN IN THE MOON... T3M's MOON CHARACTER CHALLENGE...


 “Tell me the story.. 
About how the sun loved the moon so much.. 
That she died every night.. 
Just to let him breathe...”
~
 Hanako Ishii

Sunday, September 26, 2021

THE PROPHET... ASEMIC WRITTING CHALLENGE..


 “If you love somebody, 
let them go, 
for if they return, 
they were always yours. 
If they don't, 
they never were.” 
~
 Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021

XARIA...


 Blackbird singing in the dead of night 
Take these broken wings and learn to fly 
All your life 
You were only waiting for this moment to arise 
Blackbird singing in the dead of night 
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see 
All your life 
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
~
Lennon/McCartney

THE SHOWDOWN...


 You got to learn how to fall 
Before you learn to fly 
And mama, mama it ain't no lie 
butterfly
Before you learn to fly 
Learn how to fall
~
Paul Simon

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

FLYING ACE... T3M's MASCULINE CHALLENGE...


 “And like no other sculpture in the history of art, 
the dead engine and dead airframe come to life 
at the touch of a human hand, 
and join their life with the pilot's own.” 
~
 Richard Bach

Saturday, September 18, 2021

DOWNHILL RACEING... SPA's BICYCLE CHALLENGE...


 “When the spirits are low, 
when the day appears dark, 
when work becomes monotonous, 
when hope hardly seems worth having, 
just mount a bicycle 
and go out for a spin down the road, 
without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” 
~
 Arthur Conan Doyle

IT'LL ALL COME OUT IN THE WASH... DIGITAL WHISPER's LAUNDRY CHALLENGE...


 “I'm never letting you do my laundry. Again."
 "I didn't know the red towel was in there,"
 "You did it on purpose to get out of doing laundry." 
"Maybe. But it worked." 
~
 S.E. Jakes

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

FIND A HAND TO HOLD... T3M's HANDS CHALLENGE...



 “Our troubled world today needs hands 
 helping, giving, loving, and caring hands 
 we need a lot of them, not fingers 
 pointing fingers 
 there are too many of them.”
~
Andawn F

"The road of life is long 
find a had to hold."
~
DSW 21

Saturday, September 11, 2021

FIRE IN THE FOREST... SPA's FOREST CHALLENGE...


 Smoke in the air 
tears in our eyes 
heaven's on fire 
angels can't stop it 
many have tried
forgive us our sins 
please answer our prayers 
heaven's on fire 
 we're choking to death.
~
DSW 21

There are many forest fires in California and around the western U.S.,  
consequently our skies are filled with smoke. 
Some days it is so bad I can't even see the mountains 5 miles away.