Prose Poem/Pandemic/Alternate Reality

Hint: not a pretty picture, yet this saved lives.

Photo by Adam Birkett on Unsplash

Neon sign flashing at the end of a dark alley — chartreuse — in a city waiting for Hansel and Gretel to escape the thicket.

Fade to: a link on a screen mimicking the blinking gas — a robotic voice bleating: click here — click here — click here —…


Crime/Fiction

Ingenuity amid tortured souls

artist:Jose AS Reyes/Licensed by Shutterstock

Daddy left the deep freeze to Margie and Beck.

That white behemoth was legendary. Its size rivaled anything stored in neighborhood basements. Hell, it was so long and wide it took up more than half of the substantial party room. Put it this way. A pool table was sacrificed to make room for the chest freezer.

Daddy was a…


Work/Quitting/Starting over

Relinquishing the pillar of my identity wasn’t the only price I paid.

Artist: Augusto Cabral/licensed by shutterstock

I noticed I was clutching my coffee cup a little too firmly. No wonder because the jerk sitting opposite me in the cafe, Byron, was condescendingly telling me about his new multinational contract. He discovered it, he bragged, out of the blue.

Yet two months earlier, I sat down with…


DEATH/FAMILY/LIFE LESSONS

Finding our way on those rocky roads was a challenge.

Artist: Palto/ licensed by shutterstock

My Mom was very much alive when I was a junior member of the Girl Scouts. She gave it her all, trying to talk her headstrong, almost nine-year-old daughter into either dressing warmly or staying home. After all, on that Saturday morning, the temperature was early winter freezing cold.

No…


Mothers/Relationships

One woman’s journey to understand the concept of motherhood.

artist: Birgit Reitz-Hofmann/licensed by shutterstock

Today I mourn the passing of Claire, one of my fake mothers. “Good grief,” I say to myself, “I’m not certain I ever thought of Claire or any of the others under the fake mommy label.”

I know plenty of people affectionately applying that title to their stepmom, mother-in-law, the…


FROM LEMON/FRIEND ADVICE COLUMN

We are thrilled to do a shout-out.

Written by: Suzanne V. Tanner, Paroma Sen, Amy Marley

Artist: Linda Staf/ licensed by shutterstock

Hello, Amazing Winners of our Very First FROM LEMON Challenge:

Why yes. Yes. You heard correctly. Plural. Winners.

Remember the dilemma written by FSUC and the excellent eFriend comments to her troubling situation?

Remember we said our criteria for picking a top response to FSUC would be random, cause hey, we…


Love/Marriage

July wedding vows

Photo by Victor Rodríguez Iglesias on Unsplash

one. The first time I ever felt this degree of peace in my head and heart while in a state to enjoy the concept of pure love of life and you.


Satire/Humor/Writing

Embarrassed is a better word.

Photo by Derrick Treadwell on Unsplash

No, no, I was not bitten by a rodent. Yet sure as hell, I was stung by a bug.

One definition of hamsteritis: extra speedy, compulsive, task repetitive behavior. Becomes worse (speeds up significantly ) if one frequently pauses for a cookie. A racing heart is a possible side effect.

I went to a clinic uttering:

“Doctor, doctor, give me the news.”*

I listed my symptoms while crying the…


Prompt/WotWU

An invitation to join in the fun.

Artist: Lilkin/licensed by shutterstock

I am going to tip my hat and mention two publications and two editors. Please know that easily, quickly, I could name fifty more. And counting. I stick with two in these moments because of the fit with this post and prompt.

We all appreciate the gifts of support, experience…


Scrittura/Prompt

Later the adult lamented the waste.

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

Susceptible at fifteen
to the dominance of
emotional floods,
her body mimicking a
sandy
shoreline with
static pools of
self-doubt, pepper grinded
over the beach-scape
and the waves rolling
in
contained
not water, but
liquid fear configured
in lapping motions,
coating skin and seeping
into nostrils or
any crack in the dermis,
then transforming to
cloned brain trembles
paralyzing creativity
because
her nose is too
not-turned-up…

Suzanne V. Tanner

Reinvention wizard. vtanme@gmail.com

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