Reflection triggered by “that” deportation

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What is a cause you’re passionate about and why? News just broke of his deportationTennis can’t save his mixed reputationOz immigration brooks no mitigationOutrage and sorrow split more than this nation. Yet refugees linger long through the years Detained indefinitely for fleeing their fearsSplit from family, self, friends and their peersAll butContinue reading “Reflection triggered by “that” deportation”

Claim your authority… when authentic!

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What is a life lesson everyone can benefit from learning? Gingerly I laid out my clinical caseInvolving some conflict I refused to faceMy mentor stood up, tall and intense,Determined to inject me with some good common sense. “Who is your bishop?” he demanded to know.“We have none – we are our own,”Continue reading “Claim your authority… when authentic!”

Public Freaking vs Public Speaking

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: A Challenge You Faced and Overcame Pimpled and bespectacled, I stood before the class“One minute speech,” he said, “if you expect to pass.”Butterflies a-flutter, my propensity to stutter,Prevented speech, for only nonsense I could splutter. “Sit down, Ryle,” he commanded with disdain,“Another turn will come, if marks you wish to gain.”Red-faced andContinue reading “Public Freaking vs Public Speaking”

Carpe Diem!

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What does your ideal day look like? Is it me or do others feel like wreaking mischief on some of these questions? (Insert appropriate emoji for signaling no hostile intent!) What is an ideal day? Each day, whether work or leisure, significant anniversary or ordinary humdrum, free or restricted through health orContinue reading “Carpe Diem!”

Emoting little bytes

#Bloganuary Writing Tip: What emojis do you like to use? What was that? Why do you assumeThat emoji use is something I consume?Annoying little blighters that would sully my pagewhen they appear, winking and blinking; they cause me rage.Meant to subtly enhance a tone,they change one’s voice to something unknown.If I can’t write a coherentContinue reading “Emoting little bytes”

… to boldly go…

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What does it mean to live boldly? Star Trek memes abounding; different voices sounding;To live boldly is to step into the unknown – for those grafted to perfection, dare to be marred:for those winning affection, dare to say no:for those wedded to success, dare to fail:for those striving to be special, dareContinue reading “… to boldly go…”

An Attitude of Gratitude!

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What Are 5 Things You Are Grateful For Today? Why does such a question trouble me?Is it because it appears to commodify gratitude?I am deeply grateful for many things, although troubles are ever threatening and I have described my state as watchfulness in a sea of existential dissonance.Yet underneath runs a never-endingContinue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude!”

Making an Ass out of U & Me

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: What do people incorrectly assume about you? “Twould be mistaken to assume you know my mindThe devil’s advocate in me might rise to blindall further knowledge of my intentTo examine my thoughts requires my assent. ‘Twould be mistaken to assume my passionFew are those who win such rationBut my drive and energyContinue reading “Making an Ass out of U & Me”

Ha ha ha….

What makes you laugh? #Bloganuary writing prompt Irony. I grew up on American slapstick which entertained me for a while but was ultimately unsatisfying. A lot of it turned real in the hazing typical of adolescence and early adulthood – both as executor and executee. Much of the laughter was hollow. Thank goodness for aContinue reading “Ha ha ha….”