Backed into a corner

To follow the crowd Is an easy way to live Yet is never best Backs you into a corner Always think outside the box Tanka is a Japanese 31-syllable poem traditionally written as a single, unbroken line. English versions are usually divided into a 5-line form with a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count.

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100 Word Challenge: Magic

sword shaped shadow

You know the legend of King Arthur, right? In T.H. White’s “Once and Future King,” Arthur – or Wart – accompanied Sir Kay, his foster-brother, to a jousting tournament. Wart was serving as a lowly squire to his brother when Kay sends him to find his forgotten sword. What Wart found instead was the magical, mythical “Sword in […]

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A force of nature

pine seedling growing from dead tree stump

“Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.” ~ Samuel Johnson When every thing is taken from us, when our lives are a barren wasteland, when all seems lost… still we rise. Our roots run deep, our will is indomitable, our spirit is indestructible. We will rise […]

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Forever in blue jeans

cotton boll

I feel faded… …and comfortable, like an old, worn pair of jeans. Knees thin from traipsing through the woods, and crabbing across the beach with my children. My pockets filled with blissful memories – smooth river rocks, pieces of polished driftwood, and pearlescent seashells. I feel like I’ve finally grown into my skin, and it’s fitting in […]

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Past imperfect

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Buddha Confess your imperfections, write them on a wall for all the world to see. Use big, bold strokes, in brutal black paint, where it cannot be ignored. Admit to every flaw, every shortcoming. Reveal your darkest lies and faults. Yet… leave it unsigned. […]

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Small bouts of bravery

Bravery doesn’t have to mean risking your life. Bravery can mean dropping to your knees to take a serendipitous photo of a violet blooming through a sidewalk crack, and not caring who’s watching.

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