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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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dVerse — Madness — Possessed

Mr. Jones tells about his childhood friend, a boy who lived with his mother, stepfather and brothers and sisters. The boy and his sibs never knew who would be chosen to “ride along” with stepfather, but they all knew what it meant. Years later, the boy, who is now a man, still lives at home… Continue reading dVerse — Madness — Possessed

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Giggling in the Rainforest

image link Annie had been anxious and fearful for as long as she could remember. She was sure that some of it had to do with her chaotic upbringing that included abuse and neglect. As Annie grew into teenhood, then young adulthood, it seemed the anxiety and fear had become ingrained as bad habits. The… Continue reading Giggling in the Rainforest

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#MM — Tale Weaver, FOWC, and WOTD — Forklift Files

In my old work days as a juvenile probation officer, it was small victories that kept me and my co-workers going. The strengths-based model we worked from had us always assessing where the strengths in the “biopsychosocial environment” were, while at the same time acknowledging where the barriers were. Our jobs were to enhance the… Continue reading #MM — Tale Weaver, FOWC, and WOTD — Forklift Files

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#FF — Swallowed Whole

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz Every time, the dream was the same. She was piloting a small seaplane. Looking down she saw the ripples on the lake. She had a flawless landing. Exhilirated, the plane was moving towards the floating dock as the smiling resort staff walked towards her. All of a sudden a slimy… Continue reading #FF — Swallowed Whole

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#MM — Sunday Writing Prompt “The Bloody Carousel” (long)

WARNING:  May have trauma triggers in it for some. On the edge of our dimension sets a bloody castle. To some religions it is named limbo. For those who leave this life at a crossroads or nearing a milestone, the castle is a place where one's strengths and weaknesses are put to the test. How… Continue reading #MM — Sunday Writing Prompt “The Bloody Carousel” (long)

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Not a Fortunate Son

image link Fandango's FOWC is terse, the Word of the Day Challenge is fort, Paula's 3 Things Challenge Words are daffodil, swan, napalm , and Teresa's Story Starter Challenge phrase is “It’s a trick!” My Uncle Lonny served in VietNam and was injured when a plane accidentally sprayed napalm on friendly troops. One half of… Continue reading Not a Fortunate Son

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dVerse — Blaming and Forgiveness

image link Frank is the host of dVerse tonight. Frank says: I found M. Scott Peck’s Further Along the Road Less Traveled in a used bookstore a few weeks ago. It has been a challenge to read. As I understand it Peck describes a spiritual journey we are all on, whether we like it or… Continue reading dVerse — Blaming and Forgiveness

#OctPoWriMo2018 · mental health · music · OctPoWriMo · Pearl Jam · poetry · PTSD · relationships · sonnet

d’Verse Sonnet

image link This is a French Sonnet with 14 lines iambic hexameter of 12 syllables, with a rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff gg. The sonnet is inspired by one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, Crazy Mary. In the song, the family comes upon Crazy Mary after she's already an adult. The story told… Continue reading d’Verse Sonnet

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Poetry Day 17 — Trigger

image link Part of today's prompt for OctWriPoMo is:  Does madness rule over me/you/us/them?  Does madness fall from the sky in misty dampness, occasional showers, and torrential flooding downpours?  Do I/you/we/they hold the reins, controlling the madness?   Use your brainstorming to create a poem that expresses your thoughts/feelings around “madness”.   Invisible finger on the… Continue reading Poetry Day 17 — Trigger