why not break my heart again just like you do every time just like you did the last time why not find the time the perfect rhyme and watch me bleed as each poetic thrust pierces a concrete shell that was made of glass until I am exposed for the fake and the fraud you always knew I was why not? why not stand before me bathe me in your luminous beauty save me from my self imposed prison my garrison of self loathing shed your light and cleanse me heal me with your touch sedate me with your voice melodic and seductive wounded andRead More →

There’s nothing holding me here No tangible ties No reason to stay But that look in your eyes Want to feel the brush of your skin Your hand in mine Your tentative kiss Intoxicating like wine There’s nothing holding me here No reason to stay But that look in your eyes And it’s driving me insane Photo by Ezra Jeffrey on UnsplashRead More →

I can feel it building up inside So hard to define but I recognise That looming blooming sense of doom Waiting for that… Tick… Tick… Boom!!! Will my world explode Will I survive Still be the one you Recognise Or will I fade In memories flame Loved once But never again   Photo by Greg Hill on UnsplashRead More →

Warning! Slightly snarky writer ahead Prone to understatement And occasional bad poetry Moderately skilled at story telling Or so she says Can be slightly obsessive And obsesses slightly (refer to point 2) Fuelled by coffee Approach with chocolate And an appropriate amount of scepticism Today, we challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a warning label . . . for yourself! Photo by specphotops on UnsplashRead More →

Shine on, diamond Make our home in velvet skies We’re not meant for wordly eyes Spark up, feel love Every night when we’re alone You know I like to hear you moan Go slow, no no You know that’s not our pace We’re always trying to win the race I know you like it just like me You know that love can set us free I die every night with you Making shades of red and blue So let’s start running to love So let’s start running to us Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem,Read More →

Here he comes They whisper whisper See his eyes Indigo dreams They stare stare Hold him hold him Almost there So hungry hungry They feed feed He whispers I love you And they spin spin Tears fall Ripples in the reflection They wail and beg More more He whispers I miss you And they tumble Drunken revelers Drinking pure emotion He whispers I’m sorry They shine shine And he sees For a moment The loved one And now for our (optional) prompt. In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle herRead More →

I’m not the one you turn to When the skies are rolling grey When fear shakes your heart I can’t take it all away I’m not the one you want Wont ever be the one you need I’m just that friend that you can count on And you’ll never see me bleed Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on UnsplashRead More →

Dear future self… Did you miss the memo? I thought we had agreed There was a better path Ahead for you and me We planned those monthly meetings To chart all our progress I guess we missed a couple On purpose I confess Truth is I love us both But I love chocolate a little more I know I said I’d exercise But it’s such a boring chore Let’s make a note for next time To set a more realistic goal Instead of eating Camembert We’ll try chicken soup for the soul   …a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our)Read More →

minute to minute hour to hour rain is falling steak is sizzling in the distance a siren a radio someone somewhere is dancing someone somewhere is singing me I am waiting minute to minute hour to hour day to day week to week counting down week to week day to day hour to hour minute to minute in the distance footsteps   Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity – in which multiple things are happening at once.    Read More →

Time passes In increments of You Days Since We met Hours We are Apart Each throb (Of) My heart Beating Pounding To the rhythm of Your name As I Gasp Sigh Want more Of you Always Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of hesitation in the middle of a thought. Photo by Felipe P. Lima Rizo on UnsplashRead More →

Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Some guys were sitting around one day We need a name for the crap we play Something clever, not too cute How about ‘The Dancing Groot’? That got one cheer but three more groans Maybe something more our own ‘30 Odd Foot of Grunts’ is taken How about ‘We’re Stirred Not Shaken’? ‘The Forgotten Four’ or ‘We Don’t Suck’ ‘Shut The Door’ Something about ‘Luck’? ‘Snapchat This’ or ‘TwitterRead More →

Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is based on a secret shame, or a secret pleasure. It could be eating too many cookies, or bad movies, or the time you told your sister she could totally brush her teeth with soap. It’s up to you. Happy writing! Stories and poems Conversations with my muse Secret writer’s blogRead More →

Today’s prompt is one we’ve used before, but it gets great results, and who can argue with results? So today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object. Ideally, the poem will be a kind of riddle, where it’s not totally obvious that the addressee is your beloved childhood pogo stick, or a dish of pad thai from your favorite restaurant, until near the end. This is a great opportunity to play with some of the clichés and tropes of love poetry. But while this kind of poem can be aRead More →

via Daily Prompt: Puzzled Do you remember this song? You might be more familiar with the version from The movie ‘Blade’ The original was released in 1983, Blade was late 90s, what a difference a decade makes! The first New Order song I ever heard was Shellshock while watching ‘Pretty in Pink’, what a gateway movie that was for new wave music for a kid who grew up listening to Elvis and Roy thanks to her parents and Kiss thanks to an older sister. New Order, OMD, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs! I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store, yum!Read More →

via Daily Prompt: Trill These are the songs that I have been torturing my family with have been on high rotation in my house today… First ‘The Mountain’ is the highly anticipated new single from Canadian hard rockers Three Days Grace. It’s a catchy little tune, I can see it being used as a motivational tool very easily. My favourite line is: When I’m lost and want to fade away I tell myself to live to die another day Second ‘Say Something’ is latest release from Justin Timberlake and features Chris Stapleton. It’s a very mellow yet deep track, building layer by layer until byRead More →

I can’t explain can’t say quite why but this daily prompt really caught my eye It made me think of the meaning of fluff soft fibers, silly writing or kittens, and stuff I stopped at the writing since this is a blog and thought about things in the punctuation catalogue it sprang to my mind with nary a thought the oxford comma is well under sought I offer you memes to show you their use and one as a caution of comma abuse I hope this helps and saves you regret when that missing comma means you cooked your petRead More →

(Cass Part 11… continues from here) I waited where I was for a few minutes, expecting a knock on the door since Luka had left without his keys, or his wallet, or his shoes for that matter. I thought he would be standing outside the door, cooling down, could picture his sheepish grin when I opened it for him. But there was no knock and when I went to the door the hallway was empty. Of course we had friends and family in the building so he had probably gone to one of them I reasoned, which was fine. Not ideal but… ideally he wouldRead More →

(Cass Part 10… continues from here) Luka stood outside the door of the apartment, his mind racing. What had just happened? Had he been so caught up in his work that he had missed the glaring signs that his lover, the women he thought of as his life partner, wasn’t happy? But Cass going for a run in the evenings wasn’t a new thing, it hadn’t coincided with the spate of extra work he had been doing from home. Which meant it had to be the man, ‘X’. He paced a few steps from the door and realised he was barefoot. He couldn’t go backRead More →

(Cass Part 9… continues from here) When the person you live with has an acute sense of smell, honesty isn’t an option it’s a requirement. It should be anyway but in my case there’s no hiding the bar of chocolate I ate on the way home or the scent of another man on my skin. I let myself in to find Luka at the dining table his attention on his computer screen. Our apartment wasn’t big enough for an office so he either sat on the couch or at the table and I was relived it was the table tonight. “You’re back.” He looked upRead More →

(Cass Part 8… continues from here) The first time we kissed I was blindfolded. It was a few days after our unexpected paintball meeting, another random rooftop. I thought I was alone as I had been every other night but his voice came out of the shadows, a little angry sounding. “So you know everything about me now?” “You think you’re that important we talked about you when you ran away?” I asked with a laugh. “Most people would.” He was closer, I could almost feel him behind me. “I’m not most people,” I scoffed and shrugged. “Rory said she knew you and you wereRead More →

(Cass Part 7… continues from here) Days go by and I don’t think about Stormtrooper. Much. I don’t see him at all either and can only assume he’s left or is avoiding me. Luka was still bringing work home so I found myself out every night. I ran the first night and the second one. Then it was Friday night and I didn’t want to end up alone and pathetic on a roof top again so I went to a club instead. Aspect was busy as usual, the dance floor crowded, the bar busy. I waved to Liam who was serving drinks then joined theRead More →

(Cass Part 6… continues from here) “What are you thinking about tesoro?” Luka’s voice was as lazy as the fingers he was combing through my hair as we sat on the couch, a tangle of limbs as a movie played that neither of us was truly watching. He was thinking about his work and I was thinking about… other things. “My parents.” “What about them?” “Just how happy they are.” “Are we not so happy then?” Luka asked lightly. “Of course,” I answered quickly, maybe too quickly as I found myself flat on my back with Luka hovering over me, looking deeply into my eyes.Read More →

I’m no paragon of virtue, vice is too much fun I’m never being chased, yet I’m always on the run I’m lusting over here, and preening over there Everything is to excess, consumption everywhere Don’t be jealous of my ways, you know we’re all the same We leave the mess for someone else, and go on with our games There’s a question in your eyes, am I proud of what I’ve done? I don’t have time to think of that, I’m too busy having fun! I might leave you sad and broken, I might leave you mad and crazy I might care for you anotherRead More →

(Cass Part 5… continues from here) Dean came to stand beside me and draped his arm over my shoulder as I leaned against him “Who else has seen this?” “Just us,” he said and I puffed out a breath in relief. “And me.” “Hunter!” I shrieked and turned towards my twin’s voice to find him stepping out of the shadows. “I hate it when you do that,” I said with a scowl then turned back to the painting. “Fuck, how long have you been there?” Dean growled glaring at him as Hunter came to join us. “Well that’s a cluster fuck Cass,” he said withRead More →

(Cass Part 4… continues from here) Luka had cooked dinner, my favourite chicken and pasta, and we were lingering over bowls of ice cream as we caught up on each other’s day. Nothing unusual, except the ice cream, we didn’t eat that every night. Luka was telling me about the testing he had been doing the last couple of nights how it had identified vulnerabilities that led to more testing and how excited he and my father were about it all. Yes my boyfriend worked with my father but that wasn’t how we had met. Luka’s dad and mine were old friends so we’d grownRead More →

(Cass Part 1) Life in a big city should be easier than this, but when everyone knows who you are, getting into trouble can be difficult. I huffed out a breath as I leaped across a gap between buildings, my arms pumped as I ran for the next edge then I was hurtling through space to land in a crouch, dust rising up around my boots. I paused there for a minute, breathing, listening, waiting, then I stood up and walked to the edge of the roof to look down at the city. “You pick the strangest places.” I closed my eyes at the soundRead More →

It was the qualm before the storm The cats were stacked against us We were banking up the wrong tree We’d put our legs in just one basket It took two of us to tangle And we’d really lost the pilot Up the creek with just one peddle There were no clowns with silver linings To add assault to injury We weren’t playing with a full duck And the elves had left the building What’s that saying? Just my luck!Read More →

I tried the red pills. Then I tried the blue pills. I ate the one said eat me. I drank the drink that said drink me. I even tried the purple pills. It was like the song, the drugs don’t work, they just make it worse. And I didn’t know if I was ever gonna see your face again, your untouchable face. I had to ask myself the question, where am I now? Then I realised, nothing else matters except, I could never be your woman. So I had to walk away because I knew I could remove the cause but not the symptom.Read More →

In my imagination Within my twisted mind There’s a party going on So I just can’t find One voice to raise above To whisper something sweet There’s an overwhelming din And I can’t compete The boys have formed a band They’re playing every night I just can’t catch the tune Can’t hear the words to write There’s something about a wolf And a girl he just can’t get There’s a story to be told And I’m sure I wont forgetRead More →

I stood just inside the door, the shadows creeping up my legs, twining around my hands. They knew a game was afoot but they didn’t know the rules any better than I did. I stared at the bar, watching Poppy flip her hair back as she smiled and poured a drink, the ring on her finger glinting in the light. I wasn’t surprised to see it, maybe a little disappointed but what did I expect? For her to take it off and turn up to work as herself? I had seen the way the bar owner looked at her the night before and I wasRead More →