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dVerse — taboos — three accusations

"The Circus" by Albina Felski As the oldest daughter of a mixed family of full-, half-, and step- siblings totaling 7, myself included, I often was left responsible for care taking all of them while mother and stepfather drank at the bar until it closed. The first accusation came when they took me aside and… Continue reading dVerse — taboos — three accusations

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#FF — Plugged in

PHOTO PROMPT © Dawn Miller “What do you think, Myrna?” Myrna sat hunched on the pastel green vinyl hospital rocker next to mother's bed, her hand resting softly on the woven cotton blanket covering her mother's inert foot. It had been six months on the respirator, with tube feedings, and no indicators of improvement. Doctors… Continue reading #FF — Plugged in

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#FFFC 52 — what’s important

Dotty's stroke while cross-country skiing landed her first in an emergency room, then in a long-term rehabilitation center. She was taught how to walk, speak, feed herself, open doors, and dress herself again. Most of the time Dotty's thoughts were clear; it was just making her body do what her thoughts were telling them to… Continue reading #FFFC 52 — what’s important

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #47 — Burning a Bridge

Hen was the middle child and had sisters just a year older and a year younger, both of whom grew into great beauties by their early twenties. In order to compete with her sisters, she developed her sharp intellect into verbal riparte that could mesmerize even the most smitten away from the object of their… Continue reading Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #47 — Burning a Bridge

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OctPoWriMo2019 Day 17 — family — hearts united and dVerse OLN

Born of love and need to protect Mergered souls are flawed but perfect Safety in the darkest of nights Family is where hearts unite. Mainstreams have eddies of reject Dysfunction that we can't accept Ridicule sears, heat that bites, (but) Family is where hearts unite! Born from genes or proxy project Sustained affection and respect… Continue reading OctPoWriMo2019 Day 17 — family — hearts united and dVerse OLN

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dVerse — prosery — memories with the trees

She was born there in that cabin, at the edge of the tree line. Mama was a God-fearing woman who never missed church on Sunday and who took washing in from the houses on the hill. Daddy was a hard-working sharecropper who grew just enough to keep his family alive from harvest to harvest. She… Continue reading dVerse — prosery — memories with the trees

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#FF — Plus One

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson The triplets lived near each other; for forty years they had a standing lunch date for the first Friday of the month. Today's lunch was at Sal's By The Beach. As the sisters waited for the Blue Light Special, fricaseed blackfish, they got so caught up in the conversation that… Continue reading #FF — Plus One

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #100 — Infinity Plus One

In years gone by when my sons were young we'd tell each other I love you infinity plus one I remember when they were teens I'd come home from work to find Notes with doodles, places, times saying where they'd be Now that they're men out on their own In another city, they text and… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #100 — Infinity Plus One

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#FF — Limbo

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll I'm here. Thinking of them, there. It only took ten years and tens of thousands of dollars. USA, land of the fee. We could have built the best house in our village for what it has cost. My children are growing up without their father. I am safe from… Continue reading #FF — Limbo

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The Life of a Simple Cobbler

Shoemaker At Work is a painting by Farideh Haghshenas Renaldo was a cobbler by trade, just like his father before him and his father before him. Renaldo had lived in the same town as his forbears. He went about his daily activities with a certain comfort. There was a dearth of surprises in Renaldo's life,… Continue reading The Life of a Simple Cobbler