TSM 170 — Babydoll

Back then she was called Babydoll,a spark from mommy’s fever dream;their heaped station wagon zig-zaggedto try-outs with soulless faces. P(r)imped in ringlets and pink ruffles,back then she was called Babydoll.She batted her eyes; dimpled herway onto marquees nation-wide. Sedatived for conveniencethat by teenhood became habit.Back then she was called Babydoll.The offers changed, the lights now…

#FF — Goodbye, Mama

PHOTO PROMPT© Na’ama Yehuda תודה חברה שלי Abandoning Michigan winters and my family had been necessary. I’d lived in Hawaii for thirty years when Dotty, my youngest sister, called and said Mama didn’t have long. I packed my peach fleece-lined jacket. They hovered around her, their faces uncharacteristically crumpled and wet. Dotty moved aside, said,…

dVerse — 10-year anniversary week — Quadrille 131 — jukin on down the line

When Mama had parties to whirl, she left us at Auntie’s.Didn’t she know Auntie had her own house jukes then?Where were their steady, hard-working, non-drinking men?Gramma and Grampa raised that platter way back when;self-serving dances that taint through the generations.   top image:  Wurlitzer Model 700 We are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of dVerse, aka…

d’Verse — OLN — hollow dings (sijo)

a woman in labor before gathered      two support clumps — one hovering, warm, within her reach;      one outside, passing the whisky she has one ninja love grain;      our text message dings ring hollow Image info:  A nurse holds a newborn baby wearing a face shield in an effort to halt the spread…

#FF — Blended

PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast   Mom liked Butch best. Bedridden and looped up on meds left dad playing her nursemaid. He helped me as he could. Men came and went. When I had my first child, I was on my own — and for the four that followed. I bartended while the oldest watched the…

Nightmares are Made of This (long)

Awhile back I posted a Ryan Adams and The Cardinals song that I like. It wasn’t long before I was informed that Ryan Adams has a reputation as an abuser of females. Yesterday I read that Marilyn Manson’s reign has ended. Further investigation showed that he has mentally and physically tortured his partners and others…

Short Story — I Will Remember

  The Two Sisters, by Théodore Chassériau (France) 1843 They say infants don’t hold onto memories, but I did. I remember you pushing me in the stroller along a flowered path and Teddy running alongside. I remember you handing me pieces of bread and laughing as I did my best to throw them to the…