Mama and Daddy keep the doors locked at night
So we’re safe
So nothing bad gets in
And us kids are safe
And can’t get out without them knowing
When I’m bigger, I’ll have keys to all the doors

And then I can run


Now I ‘m the mama and I keep the doors locked at night
So we’re safe
So nothing bad gets in
And the kids are safe
And can’t get out without my knowing
So many locks, so many doors, so many choices
So many decisions
When they’re bigger, they’ll all get their own keys

And then I can run


The attendants keep the doors locked day and night
So everyone is safe
So nothing bad gets in
And the residents are all safe
And don’t wander off and get lost
No keys needed now, just waiting for that last door to open

And then I can run


(OctPoWriMo 2019, Day 5, Prompt: Doorways, Suggested form/format: The Bop)


Tetractys x 2

Today’s Octpowrimo prompt is Maya Angelou’s poem Caged Bird, and the suggested form is tetractys. Here are my offerings for Day 4:

Door’s open
Fly away
Wait, one minute
How will I survive in the great unknown?

Here’s the key
No, you keep it
No need for all the armor with you here

Anywhere But Here

Six of Swords

I want to run away from me
Maybe to sea
Or fly away
But either way

Don’t know what’s there for me to find
Just leave behind
All of the past
What didn’t last

To find myself, my soul renewed
Not all unglued
My heart alone
Now that you’ve gone


(Day 2 of OctPoWriMo 2019, with the suggestion to write it as Minute Poetry, which I’d never heard of. Learning new things every day! I like to have some kind of photo for each blog post, but couldn’t think of what would work, until I drew this card as this morning’s “Card of the Day”. Perfect match!)


Old Car Entropy 10.1.19


I pilot my vehicle through the waning days

With fairly regular maintenance, and increasing repairs

Some things I just live with because there are no true replacement parts

Only post-manufacture add-ons that must suffice, and so they do, more or less

I find I’m enjoying the ride more even as my cruising speed drops

I’ve figured out that I can only enjoy the scenery if it’s not zooming by




(My first attempt at poetry in I don’t know how long, inspired by discovering OctPoWriMo 2019 just in time to participate.)

A New Challenge – Poetry!

OctPoWriMo Badge

I won NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2018, after attempts across the years dating back to 2007. I didn’t have a book at the end, and I don’t have a book now, but I do still have over 50,000 words in a Word.doc, waiting for my eventual attention. NaNoWrimo 2019 is starting to whisper in my ear, wanting a commitment I’m not quite ready for.

What I may be ready for, though, is OctPoWriMo! It’s been happening since 2012, but I only just found out about this 31-poems-in-31-days challenge and am read to jump on board.

I think my morning journaling session will take a whole new turn starting tomorrow.


Monday Morning Writing Prompt – 8/28/17

One of the books I’m currently reading is Turning Memories Into Memoirs: a Handbook for Writing Lifestories  by Denis Ledoux.

In the second chapter is a section called “Dealing With Pain”. The author acknowledges that:

  • The very act of writing about a painful experience can generate relief from pain. In a sense, your paper or notebook becomes a confidant, an ideal listener. Writing is an effective way of assuaging your pain and sometimes freeing yourself of it once and for all.

  • Perhaps you can begin to approach your pain by writing around it. For instance, if the death of (a loved one) is still too difficult for you to write about, you might try writing about when your first became aware of the signs of illness….Eventually, like peeling an onion layer by layer, you will come to the center of your grief–and of acceptance and understanding.

  • Writing your lifestories is not intended to be emotional or psychological therapy or a substitute for such work under the guidance of a professional psychologist. Yet lifewriting sometimes conveys benefits very similar to therapy.


When I worked at the halfway house, journaling was encouraged as a major coping skill when dealing with difficult issues. I would tell my clients that their journal was their “cheap, portable shrink”. I would also offer to allow them to shred anything they had written, if they had privacy concerns, as the process is the important part, not necessarily the product.

Ledoux continues with a writing exercise for painful memories:

  • Identify a past experience that is painful to you–either because it was a loss, or an unresolved interaction, or because it caused you shame. Try writing a few sentences about the experience. Write for as long as you feel comfortable.
  • Now switch to writing a few sentences about what you will gain by exorcising this painful experience. Write about how it would feel to have your pain gone.
  • When it feels right, continue writing about the painful experience until you feel you need to stop again. Allow yourself to return to this subject whenever it comes up for you until you have laid it to rest.


These are good guidelines for dealing with painful memories. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the process, though, it would be better to put it aside until you can continue under the guidance of a licensed counselor.