TSM 243 — Daddy Needs a Drink

Photo by Kyle Thompson Maybe it’s being locked in the closet. Maybe it’s the surprise knuckles to the middle of my back. Maybe it’s seeing my breath on the air as I curl under the thin blanket. Maybe it’s his forcing himself into me. The day of my liberation it is mid-January. Daddy is drunk,…

#FF — Almost Like Home

PHOTO PROMPT © Lisa Fox When we were given tours of the rooms that were available, the director proudly showed off the few who had tubs. “Just think of soaking in hot water and bubble bath when winter comes!” she gushed to my mother. The tub, nutritious meals, and the view were the biggest selling…

#FF — I Remember Part 3

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Manny, our neighbor, pounded on our door. “What’s going on in there. Loretta has called the police.” Manny and Loretta had tolerated Mama’s wails during Daddy’s “corrections,” but now that a baby was involved… “You’re going to pay for this,” Daddy said, and squeezed Mama’s arm, hard. Soon, Officer Jones…

#FF — Reunited

PHOTO PROMPT © John Nixon Dave is impatient. Peter pulsed him with news that she would be arriving at three, and it is almost four. Dave arrived here five years ago and hasn’t yet adjusted to seeing the second-hand shop as a Way Station. Or that the streets aren’t paved in gold. Or that you…

dVerse — Monday Haibun — Solstice

Mom will not see another solstice in this life. Day is night and night is day as night approaches. They say the morphine is to help with breathing and for the pain; but mom was breathing ok before and she had no pain other than that of the children she bore and the grandchildren she…

Doodads — The Highlands Park in Grand Rapids

Per the website: The Highlands is a collaboration between the Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Blandford Nature Center to transform a former golf course into a healthy and thriving urban natural area. I met up with my two sons, my daughter in-law, and my baby granddaughter at The Highlands on Saturday.  Located in an…