Toxic Love

Sugar to the lips, But a bitter aftertaste, Your love is toxic. —JanetHaiku #8 Written for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku: Sugar, Bitter & Word of the Day Challenge: Toxic Honestly, I’ve been playing with this Haiku challenge for longer than I should have. Bitter and sugar were tough… and everything sounded like such a downer. […]

Art at Sundown

Strokes of golden light, Brushed against a blushing sky, Painting silhouettes. —JanetHaiku #7 Well, I’m very close to the last of my archived images, so it’s a good thing my normal schedule is resuming soon! This was an old sunset photograph from Newport Beach, and I wanted to do something different with it… so there […]

the Boardwalk

Footprints left behind, In the ocean of my mind, Memories captured. —JanetHaiku #6 I’ve shared this image before, in Pier Madness, but it was severely manipulated and I don’t like that version anymore. The girl taking the iPhone pic is an old schoolmate, and our friendship was the inspiration behind the Haiku. It’s still raining, […]

Wool-gathering

—BAD DAY AT SCHOOL It required too much effort; Listening to his speech… Dreaming of tomorrow, Things just out of reach… “Learn anything?” he asked… As I exited the class, “Well…” I answered softly, “These chairs sure hurt my …” —Janet Weekend Writing Prompt #92: Wool-gathering (36 words) Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Anything RDP Saturday: […]

Gratitude Hour

Time can be a little deceptive. It’s been two months since the fall semester ended, and—to be honest—it feels like it’s been a year. I’m grateful for the “down time,” don’t get me wrong, but that old familiar feeling… that it’s time to get moving… has taken hold, and Tuesday can’t come soon enough. It’s […]

Into the Unknown

Enigmatic Path, Shadows and light intertwine, Past and present merge. —JanetHaiku #5 Which Way Photo Challenge: January 31 I found several old road trip photographs while (still) sifting through my archives. I believe this one was taken in Utah. My boyfriend (at the time) wasn’t one to make pit stops, so my head was hanging […]

Balance

Rain taps the window, Inviting us out to play, Childlike dreams return, Cares melt away in each drop, Balance is being restored. —Janet Written for Your Daily Word Prompt: Inviting, and RDP Tuesday: Balance Rain is like macaroni & cheese to me; it’s my “comfort weather.” The fire goes on, blankets get piled high, and […]

Helter-Skelter

The midnight oil is burning. Scribbled words on shreds of notepaper litter the floor beneath my seat. I let out a yelp as the computer warns of pending doom: “Online storage approaching maximum capacity; purchase upgrade for more space!” Perhaps I shouldn’t write tonight. Shuffling through images from my past, I contemplate long and hard […]

Combined Wishes

Determined lovers, Souls merging into the night, Combining wishes. —Janet Well, this was my first Haiku ever so I hope I did it correctly! That was actually more fun to write than some of the rhymes I’ve concocted. I actually created the image for the word “combine,” by merging two dandelion photographs into one, and […]

Go With the Flow

Late last night, as I pondered what to write about in my next post, the question “what are you trying to accomplish here?” came to mind. I thought about how my blog started—how I wanted to share the story of my recovery, and offer words of “hope” to other people who were still suffering—and then […]

Behind my Veil

Do I deceive myself? Does this thin veil protect me, From your copious attempts, To whisk me away into the night, Penetrate my covering, Steal my heart, And leave me vulnerable? Or do I deceive you? Hoping that you’ll instigate the affair, So that I can watch, As you search hopelessly, Allowing you to believe, […]

My Mind’s Eye

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. Erma Bombeck I’ve been feeling off today. I found the above quote when I was looking for inspiration, and it hit the nail smack dab on the head! Sometimes, when I’m working on my writing, photographs, or art, that little obnoxious voice […]

Tell the Story

While I was off camping, msjadeli at Tao Talk tagged me to “Tell The Story” (or write a poem) about the image below. It wasn’t easy, but here goes… —Everything Changed Everything changed on that warm autumn eve, Darkness hid behind a billion stars. Iridescent streams pirouetted past, The wind hummed like a thousand guitars. […]