Lots of taking,
Not much giving.
Lots of dieing,
Not much living.
Lots of crying,
Not much laughing.
Lots of lying,
Even more grafting.
But there's still hoping,
And there's still praying.
There's still loving
So it's worth staying.
The world's not perfect,
But it's better than before.
Today is another chance for peace,
To try again once more.
I was Going to Live My Dream But. A Poem About the Little Ways Our Days Evaporate and so Do the Opportunities to Live Our Dreams
I was going to live my dream today. Live to my potential make the best of my life but the children needed breakfast. They wanted scrambled eggs with toast today.
I was going to live my dream today but my husband lost his car keys. He was late for work and it took fifteen minutes to find them.
I was going to live my dream today but on the way to feeding the dog I noticed a long line of ants marching to the kitchen. I had to find the spray to make them go away.
I was going to live my dream today but the baby needed her favorite toy pony that she lost for the fifth time today, it took about forty-five minutes to find it, change her diaper again and put her down for nap. She wanted her favorite story read twice.
I was going to live my dream today but it was lunchtime and the older kids wanted tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Then it was time to clean up and grab something out of the freezer for dinner.
I was going to live my dream today but I needed to put in a load of laundry, do more dishes, and clean up the front room before someone tripped on the toys.
I was going to live my dream but Johnny was having trouble with his homework and tomorrow is the day we are supposed to provide the snack for the class. Then it was time to put dinner in the oven.
I was going to live my dream but then my husband came home. It was time for dinner and he wanted to talk about his day before reading the paper and falling asleep watching baseball on the couch.
I was going to live my dream but the dog needed to be walked.
The cat needed to be fed--again.
The baby can't find her toy pony now and it needs to be found before bedtime in a half an hour.
I was going to live my dream but the HOA says the front walk must be swept and in acceptable condition, by their standards, by tomorrow.
I was going to live my dream but I am exhausted.
I'll try to live my dream again tomorrow.
He started seeing another woman. She's not the first. The betrayal cut deep, flaunting their relationship in front of me after all the things we'd been through together. I had been there for him when every one else turned their back. I thought we had something special. What could I do to make him see that we were meant to be together, just us two? I had to do something.
I heard them in the other room making love. He smuggled her in the dark when he thought I was sleeping. It made my stomach turn I felt sick and vomited on the floor right on the shoes she had left by the front door. I knew he would be mad at me. Fear overtook me suddenly and I bolted out the back door.
I ran for miles before I'd let myself rest. My mind began to regain some semblance of thought. How could I fix this? Maybe if I brought him back a gift to show my love. I would do my best to bring him back something to eat, one of his favorites, he would forgive me. I started to hunt for a good place to get some food.
Later when I had returned with my gift I found him on the couch watching TV. She wasn't there. "Where have you been baby? I was worried." He smiled at my gift and seemed pleased and placed it in the silver box outside where he keeps all the treasures I give him. He let me snuggle with him on the couch. It felt so wonderful to be warm and loved in his arms again. He kissed me on my head and stroked my hair as we watched one of his movies. The movie wasn't my taste but I didn't mind, as long as we were together.
The next morning when he left for work I was in the house for much of the day. I got cozy in my favorite spot on the bay window day-bed. The sun warmed me as I spent lazy hours dozing and watching the birds and other animals play in the back yard. It was a warm summer day and all I could think about was his return later that evening, I wanted to be in his arms again.
The hours past and I began to get worried. Where was he? Was he going to be home tonight? Did something happen to him? I began to pace the floor. I nibbled a bite of food and had some water to soothe my throat but I wasn't hungry. How could I eat when he was out there somewhere in the night?
He returned sometime after midnight, I was so relieved and happy to have him back in our home. My relief was short lived and quickly turned to rage when I saw her with him. That was it. I would no longer tolerate her in my home! He had to understand, I had to take care of this for his own good. This was our home and she was not welcome in it. How did he think he could get away with sneaking her into our own home in the middle of the night? How could he do this to us after all we had been through together?
They were on the couch when I made my feelings known. "Get out of my house!" I hissed at her. "What's the matter with you baby? He asked me. "Go on upstairs I'll be up in awhile." He was so casual about it. Go upstairs to bed and wait for him while he had her in the house? My heart broke with his betrayal. I couldn't take another moment when the tramp looked at him and then back at me in disbelief.
That was all I could take I jumped on her and scratched at her face! She would never take him from me. He was my man I would fight to the death for him! But then the unthinkable happened. He pulled me off of her and he slapped me. It was the first time he had ever raised his hand to me. I ran.
I had never been out this late at night before and I was scared. The sounds of the night, strange and loud pushed me to run faster into the night. As I ran as fast and as far as I could go all the while playing back the memories we had together. The day we met. I had been so young then, we'd been together eight years, the best years of my life. He always told me how beautiful I was and how he'd love me forever. I snapped out of my nostalgic fog when my ears heard the loud engine come around the corner. It was the law. A couple of my friends had been picked up before and I never saw them again.
I tried to run but the officer was too fast. He secured me and sent me to jail. That's where I am now. I don't know if Tom will bail me out or if he will leave me here to rot. He was pretty mad last night. I thought about the necklace he gave me on my first birthday with him, it had been so long ago and the promise that he would be there whenever I needed him. I wore the necklace everyday. I swore I would never take it off. But the officer had taken it when he gave me that God awful shower and now I had lost it. I have lost everything that meant anything to me. How did it all go so terribly wrong?
It was in the exact moment that I had given up all hope and accepted my fate that the door to the cell swung open. There was Tom! He hadn't abandoned me after all. I showered him with kisses. "Come on Kitty let's go home." I let him carry me in his arms. He was taking me back home where we will live happily ever after together forever.
Writing Prompt Write a flash fiction story that is between 300 and 600 words. Think of an animal and write from its personal perspective. Describe what life is like through the eyes of either a real or mythical creature.
Miss Molly McGilk loves to drink milk,
No other drink will do.
Miss Molly McGilk drank so much milk,
She grew, and grew, and GREW!
She grew so tall she could play basketball,
She looked down on all of her older brothers and sisters.
Then she grew taller than the willows,
She used strawberry hill for her pillow,
She swam in the seas,
And her sneeze made a breeze!
"I'm the biggest and strongest girl for miles!"
Sang the fabulous, Miss Molly McGilk.
And every day, without delay,
She still drinks a big glass of milk.
This is no dream.
Real more than anything else could be.
Universal plane consciousness overwhelming.
Essential to happiness and well being.
Lessons learned, peace of mind,
Obsession tears at my mind.
Very essence of my being screams out!
Everything is upside down and blown apart.
Although it tears me apart,
Let it be known once and for all,
Whatever happens from this moment on.
Always and forever
You are my